Monday, January 14, 2008

Ahoy Matey! There Be Pirates Ahead!

As a jaded New Yorker, my sense of price can sometimes be skewed. I'm constantly surrounded my expensive stores and objects but today I almost fell off my chair when I found out that Red Beard's Revenge Pirate Ship Playhouse available from Posh Tots and seen on Style.com costs $52,000! Yes, I said $52,000!

It is handcrafted and made to order, I'll give them that. And I guess if you are a billionaire and your children already have everything they could ever desire, why not buy them their own pirate ship. It is pretty cool. But the rest of me can't help but think that this thing costs more than most cars! What ever happened to creating a make believe pirate ship with a cardboard box and an old sheet?

It's things like this, in addition to sitting around in front of video games and the computer, that make me worry about the youth of America. What do you think? Is it fabulous or freaky?

19 comments:

Jackie Von Tobel said...

I hope the damn thing floats and Johnny Depp comes along for the ride with that price. Good Gawd!!!

so_chic_darling said...

Rich people have so little real time for the kids,they just buy them lots of stuff.Then they grow up and daddy buys them an apartment in the West Village!

Habitually Chic said...

Jackie, I was just thinking you could probably buy them a real boat for $52,000. Geez!

Habitually Chic said...

Oh So Chic, how right you are. And then they talk about Mummy and Daddy at the therapist while doing coke everyday to mask their pain. Sad but true.

style & grace said...

I'm scared for my future children!! Whatever happened to building forts with sheets and blankets? How many fun memories do we all have of that?

The mark-up on that thing must be unbelievable!!

style & grace said...

totally laughing that I said basically the same as you without realizing it :) At any rate, I totally agree.

maison21 said...

sad. i remember having a blast one summer, hammering together a fort in my back yard made from planks from a neighbor's torn down fence. it was a total eyesore, yet my parents let me build it right next to the patio, and visible from most rooms of the house, where it proudly stood 'til we sold the house years later (i built to last...)

did i mention my fort had wall to wall electric blue shag, and a skylight? always with the decoratin', even as tyke...

Pieter said...

This is why the rest of the world has such a skewed perception of America as a consumerist, glutonous society. "mmm, 1000's of kids die daily of malnutrition across the globe...what do we do? I know! Let's buy junior another piece of crap to teach him the virtue of consumerism, selfishness and excess!"

Suzy said...

yes, very sad indeed...I've seen houses in the country for less than that I'm sure! I'm with M21, I started young too, I saved up all my pocked money to buy timber etc and made my own...see - even girls can build!

lissa said...

We are definitely a "build your own fort" family... but i must defend some video games, namely Guitar Hero and Rock Band, I've never had more fun jamming along with my little ones to some truly great bands. (old and new) I'm always looking for a new way to get them into music and art. (and that drum set gives you an amazing work-out!!!) You'll have to let us know how many pirate ships you see out in the Hamptons this summer, Chic.

Brilliant Asylum said...

I would love to see who ends up buying this!

Habitually Chic said...

Ok, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks is way over the top. I hope anyone who buys it makes a matching donation to a children's charity somewhere.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

I can only imagine what the kids will be driving to school one day. Or perhaps, what they will be driven in.

A couple of Army blankets, a few sticks and a nail or two got me around the Cape and home loaded with loot just fine.

Alice Olive said...

What happened to using your imagination to build your set? We used to build everything from scratch; pirate ships, castles, a town with lots of shops (I ran a clothing boutique and made my own catalogues by ripping up Mum's fashion magazines). I guess you don't do that anymore. How silly of me not to have demanded a made-to-measure pirate ship?!

Topsy Turvy said...

Believe me, this would go over like gangbusters in Tampa, as long as it's REALLY big! I'm sure there are quite a few people here who would order this for their kids, just for Gasparilla!
Unfortunately, money doesn't buy good taste or good sense.
(I think I prefer maison21's version!)

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Freaky but fabulous! But celebrity-backyard-in-the-Hollywood-Hills, no?

MondaythroughSunday said...

The ship is fabulous..the price is freaky!

Anonymous said...

From a kid POV, absolutely FAB ! !
From a parent POV absolutely NOT ! !

Resourcefulness will get you EVERYWHERE, kids, forage and build something fun!

A landlocked pirate ship will get you.....ummm........nowhere! !

Can't you see the pukey little upstarts that have this boat in their yard (or playroom)...... NO idea (or desire) to dig for some good pretend dress up pirate clothes to wear on it, they'll demand full costume regalia head to toe.
With a live parrot.
And real gold dubloons.

YoHoHo.
Give me the bottle-o-rum.

Jane Flanagan said...

Wow - that's fun! I would never ever spend that much money on children without going into a tailspin of parental self-doubt.
I do occasionally fantasize about dating a carpenter tho', so maybe I don't need to worry;)

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