Seriously, how much is too much for a shower curtain?

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Posted: 1/22/2014 4:52:28 PM
Found one I like/love, only it is $108, and hand wash!

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Posted: 1/22/2014 4:55:59 PM
You lost me at hand wash. $108, if I loved it, I'd pop. Not on hand wash though.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 4:56:15 PM
Yeah, that's too much.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 4:56:31 PM
I spent about $50 on a plain white waffle weave one at World Market and my DH had a conniption. $108 would send him over the edge.

It's pretty though!

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Posted: 1/22/2014 4:58:49 PM
$100ish is my limit for a shower curtain - and I have to love it to go that high. That is pretty, but FOR ME it's not unique enough to justify the price tag. I bet you could find something very similar for a lot less (and machine washable) somewhere else.

I would not get a shower curtain that required handwashing, though. I can't imagine effectively handwashing something that size.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:01:20 PM
All things considered in my home anything over about $20 is a waste. I have a cat that for some unknown reason loves to eat them. Plastic or fabric it doesn't matter to him. He sits on the edge of the tub whenever he gets a catch and just chews away.

I can't imagine effectively handwashing something that size.

I use the hand wash setting on my washing machine. I was afraid at first but it works great.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:01:43 PM
I know, crazy isn't it? I am not even going to Pin this one.

But if anyone can find me one similar for less, I will be you new best friend.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:03:37 PM

I think the price may be little high for what you are getting in this case (a cotton shower curtain) but you have to pay for that Anthropologie name somehow.

But HAND-wash a shower curtain? Un-uh. Not gonna happen. I wash mine probably every couple of weeks and that's way too often to hand-wash something that big and awkward.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:04:02 PM
My max would be $50.

I think you could make that quite easily. I've seen how-to tutorials on ombre dying.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:05:28 PM
you could make it.. Does not look to hard.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:14:47 PM
Very pretty, but I agree that you could TOTALLY make this yourself with a cotton sheet and some RIT dye for a whole lot less than $108.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:16:04 PM
Buy a flat white sheet and some Rit Dye. You can make that yourself.

Dunk the end (mabbe 12 inches) leave it in for a while add another 12 inches or so and leave both parts for a while, then a couple of more inches. The part you start with will be the darkest color and the last part will be the lightest. Not hard at all.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:17:49 PM
I would totally pay that for one I loved. How often will you wash the thing anyway? If you have a liner then it will rarely need washing, and most machines have a hand wash cycle anyway. If you have it for 10 years than that would be $10.8/year!

And every other one you see is going to plae in comparison so just buy it before it sells out.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:17:57 PM

$40 would be pushin it for a shower curtain and I'd really have to like it. I can see why you'd have to hand wash it with the ripples in the top. But that's a lot of work for a shower curtain. It does look cool!

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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:19:25 PM

I wash mine probably every couple of weeks and that's way too often to hand-wash something that big and awkward.

Why do you wash it so often? Do you not have a liner?

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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:26:57 PM
Hand washing would eliminate it.

However, if I found a curtain I absolutely positively loved, I would pay that much for it. But, I keep things like that forever. My present decorative shower curtain has been in service for going on 20 years.

Oh, that sounds bad! But, it's white and non-descript. I have it's replacement for when the bathroom is finally finished. White waffle weave. LOL!

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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:28:11 PM
I agree that you could make this yourself for a lot less money.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:30:14 PM
This is the ONLY shower curtain I would spend that much on...

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I think it would be a fun touch to our Tuscan themed guest bath and travel themed guest bedroom.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:33:46 PM
I would probably pay that amount for a shower curtain that I loved ... and lie to dh about the actual price

The hand washing thing would keep me from buying that particular one though ... I'm too lazy


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Posted: 1/22/2014 6:17:21 PM
I just spent $75 on a new one. We're remodeling and I had a design in mind that I wanted. I was thrilled to find one online that was just like what I pictured in my head. Given that, since we've been married (16 years ago) we've been using the curtain that my mother made from a bed sheet at 25 years ago, alternated with a $10 clearance one from Target, I'm completely fine with spending a lot on a new one. I love it and we'll use it for many years.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 6:27:01 PM
We paid 60 for ours in the hall bathroom.... we also put a plastic liner curtain behind it so it doest get dirty. If that is the one you like get it.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 6:35:00 PM
I was somewhere not too long ago and picked up a shower curtain that I loved. The price wasn't all that dissimilar to the one you have picked out. That wasn't what made me put it down though. Forget hand wash, this one was dry clean only.


For a shower curtain.

Yeah right. This was for the boys bathroom. That is not going to happen.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 6:35:12 PM
I love it! If it was in a guest bathroom that was small and had little room for other decorations, I could probably see myself justifying the price

This is the one I've been coveting for awhile. It's only $76, what a bargain!

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Posted: 1/22/2014 6:35:54 PM
It would be too much for me to pay, but if you have the money and it wouldn't affect paying for your needs, go ahead and buy it. We all spend money on different things.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 6:36:05 PM
That's gorgeous. I would totally get it, but I'm not a huge DIY-er. If you are, perhaps you could dip-dye this one: Target shower curtain. I have it, and it hangs a bit slouchier, less rigid than it appears there. It's quite pretty.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 6:57:00 PM
If I absolutely loved it, I'd pay that price, but I've never found shower curtain I loved that much. I sure wouldn't buy one I had to hand wash though.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 6:58:42 PM

I wash mine probably every couple of weeks and that's way too often to hand-wash something that big and awkward.

Why do you wash it so often? Do you not have a liner?

In our master bath, I do not have a liner. We use a hotel-type moire nylon shower curtain with the sheer window panel at the top. Because it hangs inside the tub, I just think it needs regular washing to keep it clean and sanitary. I said every couple of weeks, but it's probably like once a month. Goes right in the washer and I hang it back up. Really easy.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 7:15:23 PM
I think the last time I bought one it was about $15. It was a fun one for my DDs bathroom. No way would I pay more than about $30 fr a fancy one for me. Guess it's a good thing I have sliding glass doors on mine!

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Posted: 1/23/2014 7:50:23 AM
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or any crafting supplies for a month.

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Posted: 1/23/2014 7:56:10 AM
I would pay that if I loved it because it is a large focal piece in the room and I use mine for several years usually. However, I would never buy one that I had to hand wash. But I have boys so that explains why.

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Posted: 1/23/2014 7:56:17 AM
I like it. If you used a liner, you wouldn't have to wash it. You can probably find something similar elsewhere -- I found something at Target once that was almost identical to an Anthropologie one.

I just replace the liners when they start to look icky. (we have iron/magnesium in our water that turns things pink over time, and it doesn't wash out easily.)

I don't think I've ever washed a shower curtain that had a liner.

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Posted: 1/23/2014 7:56:26 AM
handwash and $108? That's too much.

$30 is my max and even then, that's pushing it. Most of my curtains have been about $20.


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Posted: 1/23/2014 8:05:56 AM
I think it's pretty but I would not spend that much money on a shower curtain. I think $50 is probably about the max for me. I also would not buy it because it's hand wash. It would make me think that it wasn't very durable.

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Posted: 1/23/2014 9:09:28 AM
I probably spent around $75 for DS's bathroom shower curtain 10 years ago, but I wouldn't have if it were hand wash only, even thought I only wash his about 4x a year.

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Posted: 1/23/2014 9:09:49 AM
I know a fool who paid $850 for a shower curtain recently. Boggled my mind. Especially because she's always asking her family for handouts to pay her basic bills. Apparently that sort of fiscal decision-making is exactly why she can't pay her basic bills. FTR -- that shower curtain was also handwash only -- I remember her talking about that fact as a point of pride. "Lookit me, I'm so supaspecial I bought a supaspecial shower curtain that is so delicate you have to handwash it." I remember thinking, "What's so delicate is your grasp of reality."

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Posted: 1/23/2014 9:47:48 AM
I wouldn't spend more than $30 on a shower curtain. They get messy (they are in the bathroom and I'm a bathroom germophobe) and I would want to wash it in the washing machine and hang it to dry.

But we are on a tight budget because our kids activities cost a fortune. So everyone chooses to spend money differently, I bet many would think we are crazy for what we spend on dance, soccer, etc.! I think we are crazy too!

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Posted: 1/23/2014 9:51:48 AM
I found that one yesterday and love it.
But I'm too cheap/frugal to spend that much.
I'm planning on making it but in turquoise, not green

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Posted: 1/23/2014 10:06:30 AM
It looks wrinkled.

I wouldn't spend more than $30 on a shower curtain. They get messy (they are in the bathroom and I'm a bathroom germophobe) and I would want to wash it in the washing machine and hang it to dry.

I bought my fabric shower curtain from Crate and Barrel 6 years ago. I looked at their website and they range from $60-80. I've never had to wash it. I do change the sheer plastic shower curtain I keep underneath it every couple years.


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Posted: 1/23/2014 12:26:24 PM
If you absolutely love it and it's what is now in your mind as the perfect shower curtain? (And you can afford it?) Buy it! Slap a liner on that and does it really matter if it's hand wash only? I have never washed my shower curtains . . . whoops!

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Posted: 1/23/2014 12:59:58 PM
OVER $50, and I'd be looking elsewhere. But if it were PERFECT and I couldn't find something, I might pay up to $60.

My bathrooms are so small that the shower curtains are the MAIN visual event in those rooms.

Something THAT big, that I look at daily, is worth splurging a bit.

However, my definition of PERFECT would include being machine washable.

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Posted: 1/23/2014 1:06:23 PM
If I loved it I would spring for it. I have had the same two curtains for years. One is at least 20 years old and the other 14. I just changed the liner thru the years.

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Posted: 1/23/2014 1:07:15 PM
$20 LOL... seriously though.. I can find a good shower curtain, on sale it could be around $20.

I found a cute one at IKEA for $3.99!!! Cloth type.

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Posted: 1/23/2014 1:12:02 PM
If I had to pay $100+ for a shower curtain, I'd be taking a bath! No way would I pay more than $40, maaaybe $50, but that would really be pushing it.

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Posted: 1/23/2014 2:10:50 PM
I paid $19 and wasn't happy. I don't have a nice shower to begin with; it's in the micro bathroom in the basement.

Even for a nice bathroom $100+ is ridiculous IMO.

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Posted: 1/23/2014 2:45:46 PM
I would pay that much if I loved it. I paid $50 for my last 2 shower curtains from Bed Bath & Beyond, and I used them each for 5 years or more. I'm ready for a new one, and have not been able to find one I like -- especially because I'm now spoiled and like the extra wide & long curtains. No $20 cheapies for me anymore...they're too small!

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Posted: 1/23/2014 2:51:24 PM
edie3, I'm not seeing it on the website, but I could swear that I saw one like that at Target recently.


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Posted: 1/23/2014 3:01:35 PM
$100 is a lot. I don't know if I would do it, but if the quality was good and I really loved it, I might.

I spent about $70 on a Marimekko shower curtain from Crate & Barrel a couple of years ago. It was exactly the style/design/color that I was looking for. I figured it was worth the cost over the years we'd have it.



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Posted: 1/23/2014 3:24:46 PM
$50 bucks is my limit and that's pushing it

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Posted: 1/23/2014 3:26:45 PM
$30 max. I'd totally DIY that though and make it washable. Cute curtain!


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Posted: 1/23/2014 3:47:37 PM
Probably $40 max. Maybe a little more if I had a coupon or something.

I really don't think I could handle $108. Especially for something that could be made pretty easily.
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