When my oldest son went off to preschool, he needed a backpack. I liked the idea of the Lands’ End and L.L. Bean ones, but why would I pay five times the price of a Walmart backpack? So I bought him a $5 Walmart backpack, and it wore out in March when of course Walmart didn’t have any backpacks to replace it with. I repaired it with packing tape and my crappy primitive sewing skillz.
The next fall, for kindergarten, I bought another Walmart backpack, but this time I got the one that was more like $8 instead of the one that was around $5—going for quality, you see. That one, too, ripped before the end of the school year. It was very frustrating.
So when my aunt gave us a gift certificate to L.L. Bean, I used it to buy L.L. Bean Original Back Packs for both of my older boys: one for Rob, who was then going into first grade, and one for William, who was starting 4-year-old preschool.
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