Reason 301

#301: There are tons of places to buy umbrellas. You can get cheap one-time use umbrellas by the metro, expensive ugly umbrellas at CVS, or cute make-you-feel-better-about-the-rain umbrellas at the museum stores and at Gap and Filene’s.

This reason is from the original list. I have since purchased three umbrellas and keep one in the office, one at home and one lost at all times.

These are some places where you can buy umbrellas:

  • The street. You can get disposable umbrellas (they break after one use) for $5
  • CVS. Umbrellas are $10 and are only slightly better than street umbrellas
  • The Gap. But not Banana Republic. They also sell umbrellas at Old Navy, but that’s not metro accessible.
  • Museums. My favorite umbrella is from the National Gallery of Art.
  • Universities. They mostly sell giant golf umbrellas, judging from the ones I have seen people carry

Places that surprisingly don’t sell umbrellas:

  • Bookstores
  • Gift stores around Dupont circle
  • Metro stations
  • Whole Foods
  • Supermarkets
  • Hair salons (they are missing out on BIG business).
The optimist's umbrella

The optimist’s umbrella


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