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The appeal of warm shirts

Posted at 4:08 PM on January 10, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

It is one thing when my older neighbor is outside wearing a flannel shirt and wool pants in July, but since it is January he'll get his due.

Ron Hall wrote an interesting article about the seasonal nature (and monetary value) of goods, particularly tire chains and warm shirts:

warmshirt.jpg"When people get a job in Minnesota, their families think they're gonna freeze to death. They send them warm shirts for Christmas - the kind of shirt that would keep you warm if you went out at 5 AM to milk the cows.

These people work at Piper Jaffray, General Mills, Medtronic. They have heated garages. The next spring those warm shirts are out on the yard sale rack, priced at a buck apiece."

That's where Ron and his wife Janie scoop them up. You can guess the rest, but don't. Read and comment on Warm Shirts, and share your own stories about Minnesota Life.

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