Claire’s Might Be Closing It’s Doors & We Want To Be Left Inside
Marc Gordon - January 28, 2018

Caged Bird

By Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.

There’s literally no such thing as an American girl between the ages of lets say 10 and 35 who doesn’t have fond memories of a life changing experience inside Claire’s Accessories store. It seemed as though the store was to be found in every single mall. Well, actually it almost was, with over 1000 stores across the U.S in the ’90s.
 
By 2006 there were an entire 3,000 locations throughout the country.  Our hearts completely broke when we heard that Claire’s has recently filed for bankruptcy.  Former Claire’s shoppers across the internet mourned together on March 8th when this was reported by Bloomberg.
 
Claire’s is not just about the fake jewelry itself. It’s about the experience we all have associated with it, debating whether or not we should buy all these things for hours with our moms and best friends, and learning how to make educated purchases for the first time in our lives. We seriously really struggled to find 10 items for $10.
 
For some, Claire’s even brings up some ethical issues, with young girls who once tried out shoplifting for the first time, just to see what it would be like. Of course shoplifting was not and is still not ok, but at that time none of us really knew better.
 
And probably the most memorable experience of all at Claire’s, was getting our ears pierced. Most of us got our first piercing at this legendary store and remember the exact tears and screams we let out at Claire’s.
 
Claire’s was a store that everyone could afford, everyone could fit into and always had endless choices. At the moment, we are still unsure about whether or not Claire’s will really be shutting down, and if so, when. Apparently it’s current debt is over 10 times it’s profit.  The only way they could continue to operate is with the help of another company.
 
If they do shut their doors, we most certainly want to get locked inside.