Yes, Virginia, it’s true: you can have 780 pairs of gloves for under $20. We report on the miracle here.
CREATIVE SOLUTION | A lot of what I know about staying warm and dry outdoors in Vancouver I learned from being a soccer mom. After a decade of Saturday mornings on the sidelines supporting my son through every kind of cloud cover imaginable, I have learned that regular rubber boots keep feet dry but never warm and that layering socks will not solve this problem; that a scarf around the neck makes a better body heater than a hat; that umbrellas are nice but gloves are a necessity—because freezing hands are the worst.
The Trouble With Gloves
The trouble with gloves is that they get lost, loaned, separated from their mates, mangled by pets—or can’t be found where you put them last. West Van soccer mom Valerie Scott knows all this and has discovered a solution. Once a year she makes a bulk buy of those fits-all stretchy gloves ( a.k.a. “Magic” gloves) in an inoffensive gender neutral color for her three sons and herself. Typically, she pays no more than $1.29 a pair but often it’s just 99 cents (at an end-of-season clear out).
Let’s see, if you were to buy 20 pairs of either-hand gloves for 99 cents each, you would actually get 780 potential pairs when you factor in all the possible match-ups. Not a bad investment for less than 20 bucks.—C.Rule
We have found fits-all stretch gloves on sale locally at Zellers and Walmart, and online: google “magic gloves” to get started.
Photo: Casey Phaisalakani