Back to shoes for a moment:
I spent about 100, maybe 110 shekel, on some sparkly Keds brand sneakers for my daughter a little over a month ago. There was really nothing cheaper in her size in the one shoe store in my town, and she loves sparkly, so I sprung for it. Well, they COMPLETELY FELL APART! (I should have taken a picture of them before I dumped them in the garbage, but I didn't - sorry.)
I figured that in the past, I've managed to find decent shoes on clearance racks for less, and since we were planning to be in Teverya on Friday, I promised my daughter that the first thing we'd do there would be some shoe shopping.
I decided to start at "Poza". It's a discount store on Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi St. They didn't have a lot of shoes in her size - I think either her size is super popular, so nearly everything is always sold out, or super unpopular, so they just hardly stock shoes in that size (31 EU).
Well, we lucked out in the end, and we found TWO pairs of shoes - a pair of white and silver sparkly sneakers she was so happy with (she would have preferred pink, but they only had pink in 29, 30, 32, 33, and 34), and a pair of pink mary-jane style shoes she will wear for Shabbat - they have a cute bow and she thinks they are so fancy and grown up. I didn't have the heart to tell her they look like little girl shoes. She thinks they are grown up...
And the best part? We got TWO pairs for 110 shekels this time!
And the next best part? I was able to get nearly everything on my shopping list in one place - I had been asked to look for skirts for my nieces overseas. We found some. My older son needed a sweatshirt - I couldn't find one he was happy with at the second hand shop, and he is chilly some mornings, as our house really holds in the chill. He just needed a sweatshirt! Of course, they had a range of sweatshirts - from the 30 shekel kind that look like they will fall apart in the first wash, all the way up to the 250 shekel kind made by some brand name that look like they will keep you warm even in an unheated building in the winter... I opted for a mid-weight, but still decent looking 50 shekel one... I had seen a similar one in my local shopping center, priced at 90. I justified the 50 shekels as "not so terrible" and I'm hoping it will last! Wish us luck!
Of course, they also sell things like scarves and hats and socks and slippers and bags and pajamas ... and clothing for everyone. We left the store before I was tempted to spend any more money, though...