Anthropologie is one of those stores you love to hate. Love because the clothes look so fetching on the racks, the colorful housewares feed into your fantasy of owning a shabby-chic farmhouse in Provence, and the truly innovative, constantly changing displays—which incorporate things like driftwood sculptures and cut-up books—add a creative and cultural air to consuming. Hate because all these things ultimately can’t hide the fact that the merch is way overpriced for the quality and because of the shame that comes from being so easily manipulated into lifestyle lust by a chain.