Starfish and bling Christmas trees
A couple of things in Geelong I noticed were the starfish decorations instead of stars, and the numerous $2 shops chockas with junk bling items. But oh how we compromise. I ran into a friend in Moorabool Street as I lugged two bags of junk I had bought and we talked about 'ethical' Christmas shopping and how we don't really support locally made items but buy stuff made in China where workers get - maybe - 39 cents an hour. Hmm. I looked down at my shopping bags and realized I had bought twenty $2-3 items that were just bling and not useful at all.
But the motive was okay, I rationalized - little gifts for friends at a Christmas breakup party at Peppeino's Cafe Friday night. And, okay, they all seemed pleased to receive them. I kept one item for myself - a little Christmas tree candle-holder. $2.60!