Last week, knitters, scrapbookers and otherwise crafters received a shock when they found out that Michaels, the Texas-based leader in all things craft supplies, agreed to a $1.8 million settlement with the State of New York for deceptive advertising. The New York attorney general's office said that the retailer misled customers into thinking they had received steep discounts when, in fact, they were paying normal price.
Those apple-faced witches you bought as a gag because you thought they were marked down? Full price. The plastic flowers you bought mom because they last longer and were a lot cheaper than a real bouquet? Full price. That soapmaking kit you used once because you "needed a hobby" and this one was on sale anyway? Yep. You got it. Full price.
Okay, so actually, we can't find a breakdown of what items were actually marked down (deceptively), but we're pretty sure you probably paid full price for these tacky items:
5. Fake Christmas trees
Nothing says "holidays" like the smell of plastic and burned styrofoam.
We don't know about you, but we think there's nothing cuter than a straw-stuffed piece of burlap with dead eyes.
3. Anything Lemax
Granted, these were kind of cool when we were kids, but collectors beware: This is how everyone on Hoarders started out.
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2. Black pumpkins
Sure, these are probably supposed to be more "Halloweeny," especially when paired with an orange one, but they just look like giant licorice jellybeans.
1. "Bride" hoodie
To go with your "bride" tanktop, "bride" tote and "bride" makeup kit.