The beginning of a new Cubs season is the perfect time to save money on last years "non-sellers." Sure, you might be a couple years out of style, but so is Wrigley Field. You'll fit right in.
I can't say there were a ton of "finds" for me personally in the shop. Maybe a hat, or some flip-flops. In fact, many of my favorite items are for women. But there is definitely something for every Cubs fan to spruce up your wardrobe and look "almost" in style for the 2014 season. I considered a mix of fashionability vs. price when choosing items. For example, there is a sweater on clearance that I like and would wear, but I don't $120 like it. That's equal to 20 games in Upper Deck Reserved on StubHub!
Just so you know, I don't work for the Cubs and have nothing to gain financially if you buy any of these items. I just enjoy a bargain!
Let's start with the good.
Ladies! (and brave men) If Chicago ever thaws, a $30 bathing suit is not only a good deal, but you can show your Cubs pride at beaches, water parks and the inevitable swimsuit competition.
Twelve bucks for a fly hat? Yes please!
The style on this hat is sharp. They are usually twice the price!
It may be from 2012, but the Military look never goes out of style! And only $12!
Niece's Birthday Present. $10. Done. (too cheap to buy her an American Girl doll)
I've found some more "finds" and I'll post em at the end, but I'm champing at the bit to get to the bad!
Where do I start? The fact that showing team pride on a diaper bag is ridiculous, or the fact that it's $62?
Call me naive, as I am childless, but can't you just use a regular bag with compartments? Say... I don't know… a backpack? Is there something I'm missing parents?
Unless your looking to complete a collection, this Zambrano bobblehead should just be given away in concert with Wrigley's 100th Birthday Nostalgic Bobble-Head-Stravaganza. Like Zambrano, the plastic also melts down.
I thought we all gave up wearing this style shirt when the White Sox wore them with shorts.
For $32 you can look disturbingly retro modern. It's truly fascinating when styles come back that never should have existed in the first place.
I can only imagine what a potty ring is, and yes, it's only ten bucks, but I can't think of a worse way than to show your love for the Cubs than by sitting on their logo while pooping. Unfortunately, I can think of a worse way but it's unprintable.
Enough with that nonsense! How about some Cubs merchandise you can really use?
You can pay a few bucks less for a pink yoga mat. But this is a Cubs pink yoga mat!
Wheel your kid around in Cubstyle!
In the market for a step stool? Your kid can brush their teeth while standing on home plate!
The merchandise in the MLB clearance section is in constant rotation, but there are a few items that have been in there since my last MLB Cubs Shop Article at Christmas time. Including this shoe stretcher...
And the ugliest shoes I've ever seen.
I'm sorry I said they're ugly if you bought these shoes, but I seriously hope you didn't pay $60!
No matter your taste, style or age, the Clearance Shop has fan gear for you on the cheap. They oftentimes run sales of 20 percent off or more too, so make sure to wait to get your gear even cheaper. Once the Cubs start spending money on a Championship team, I'll consider paying retail price for my World's Series Champion Cubs T-Shirt, but until then I'll be scouring the bargains.
Hey! I'm thinking like Theo!
Please share your favorite items and hilariously bad Cubs gear in the comments.
Here are some honorable mentions...
Always a classic in the bleachers! Now style your hair with bangs and the feathered look and you'll take me back to the 80's when I first noticed girls!
This is great for your basic blue Cubs hat, but you have to have a small head as that's the only size left.
Ladies? Cute for the game or no?
I wouldn't buy this because I'm not a V-Neck guy, but it has more style than your average men's baseball shirt. Yay or Nay?
You can never have too many footy pajamas….