‘Tis the season for sheitel sales. I’m talking about the pre-Chanukah sale season, which is in full swing here. There were at least two in Baltimore yesterday, maybe more. As you may recall from my post on sheitels – they can be pricey. OOOEEE! Thankfully, it is not written in stone that one must pay over a grand for a sheitel (thank G-d!). There’s a thriving consignment sheitel business that exists here in Baltimore, which is a fabulous, fabulous concept. There are also brands of sheitels (yes, sheitels come in brands) which are more affordable. One brand is Michal Wigs. I heard about them a few years ago, and wanted to try one, but kept missing the sales, and then I wasn’t in the market for a sheitel for years, so when I did hear about a sale, it wasn’t relevant to me.
Well, the stars finally aligned, and I was looking for a new sheitel at the same time that one of my friends was hosting a sale for Michal Wigs.
Yes! Yes yes yes yesssss.
In case you’re curious about what a sheitel sale is like, here’s an brief description: A sheitel macher – someone who “does” wigs – comes into town with a large amount of wigs, and, in this case, cut and styled them at the sale. Or, a sheitel macher in town gets a large shipment of wigs, which she sells and then does the sheitels by appointment later. Either way, it’s usually a good way to get a sheitel at a somewhat reasonable price.
So, I went to my friend’s apartment yesterday for the sale, and I got this:
I’m not just fishing for compliments on my new sheitel here. During this recent quest for a new sheitel, I was reminded of a question I received from a reader after my sheitel post. I think it’s a very relevant question, especially in this economy, especially with the cost of private school in the Orthodox community.
I would be curious to know how people feel about how much is appropriate to spend on a sheital when finances are tight. Part of me would like to set money aside and save up to purchase a sheital that I would be able to wear and feel good in, but then I think about how the school drastically reduced our tuition. If I had two thousand dollars, or even four hundred, I just feel like I should give it to them. Is that crazy?
So, my wonderful readers, what’s your take?