Wednesday, December 08, 2010

How to Remove A Security Tag Like A 12-Year-Old Boy



We recently discovered that the security tags on the "Better Quality" items at one of our local thrifts are neither linked to the security gates that flank the store's entrance nor filled with the fabled ink cartridges that are designed to crack when the tag is jimmied. We know this, of course, not because we lifted a $9 shift dress, but because the sales clerk neglected to remove a tag upon checkout. Unfortunately, it was only once we'd gotten home (nearly one hour later by train), that we realized this fact. A few Youtube videos seemed promising, but, ultimately, none of the methods illustrated in the most-viewed videos worked (see, for example, the futile plier teeth marks on the edge of our tag). So what did work?

Fire!

Certainly not the safest method since you run the risk of burning your item, your person and your house (all while inhaling potentially deadly toxins!), but these are the risks we must be willing to take for fashion--and return train fare.

10 comments:

P U R P L E - D E E R said...

That a girl G! That a girl.

alexkeller said...

well hopefully you did it in a fire safe bowl ... burned something in college for a friend (probably a letter from a boy) and did it in an old glass ashtray. not.a.good.idea.

Verseau Vintage said...

I'm too chicken shit to try this.

Katherine said...

I bet that smelled great, too!

Gigi said...

This has happened to me once before! Except the item was purchased in the U.S. and I discovered the tag on my new purse when I got back to Canada. I actually went to a couple of stores in a nearby mall to try and get it off, but in the end, I managed to take it apart with heavy duty scissors and pliers!

Shallow Mallow said...

That just so cracked me up: FIRE!
Nicely done :)

La Fille D'or said...

FIRE! nicely done.

Amanda / Rust Belt Threads said...

amazing.

Cat and Mouse Vintage said...

Ahah, too funny! I have an item that I need to take back to have the tag removed as well... Maybe I'll test out this method? :p

xoxo

Eugene Yompster said...

@Amanda, i agree on you! it's really amazing.. security tags