Week of October 1, 2015 – Total: $0
Week of October 5, 2015 – Total: $0
Week of October 12, 2015 – Total: $0
Week of October 19, 2015 – Total: $77
Week of October 26, 2015 – Total: $0
October Month End Total: $77 | Goal: $80
Week of September 1, 2015 – Total: $0
Week of September 6, 2015 – Total: $0
Week of September 13, 2015 – Total: $0
Week of September 20, 2015 – Total: $0
Week of September 26, 2015 – Total: $25
September Month End Total: $25 | Goal: $80
“Although I have been practicing being very brutal with myself, thinking over items for considerable time before making a decision: Will I wear this? Is it worth the price? Will it go with what I already own? How unique is it? Asking ourselves questions like this any time we are shopping is a great way to make your budget that much easier.”
I snatch up that passage from a reflection on last year’s #NoShopSeptember. I am already trying to keep up every month with my thrift challenge but there are two months of the year that drive me mental every year: September and October. Its quite simple really, the only thrift store I go to is Value Village, mainly because the others are not open when I am available to shop. Now Value Village switches to offering new product during this period for Halloween and it completely takes over the store.
For someone that enjoys discovering treasures, its more frustrating than anything to be sorting through sparkly skulls and cheap garbage in search of those unique finds. Last year I tried to not go thrifting at all for the entire month of September, this included purchasing items at the Store which is next to impossible when you see every item come in through the door! However, I stand by my usual rules and do my best to decide if its really “me” or if it can stay behind for someone else to discover.
Unlike other “No Shop” challenges, mine basically has no need for a listing of rules as I do not subscribe to store mailing lists (to be tempted by sales days) and I don’t feel setting a maximum budget for each month really applies when you are trying to not shop at all! Here’s hoping I have some success!!
I have done a lot of reading in the past year about finances, budget lifestyle and ways women have reshaped their spending habits. I find myself disheartened at each one because of the way most regard being thrifty. Some call it being cheap, others being financially savvy. Maybe I am money conscious, or perhaps a more political stance of not wanting to encourage the overpricing of goods or the supporting of businesses with inhumane practices.
The most recent article I came across on Facebook was that of Ayssa Barrette, “7 Eye Opening Lessons I Learned From Buying Nothing New For 200 Days” as posted on Collective Evolution. Knowing her background in environmental sustainability I can understand her points made in her article, however I can’t help but feel dissatisfied. Continue Reading
Once week I have a goal for myself to re-inspire, if that’s even a word, to mix and match different items in my wardrobe. I often find pieces that I really like but can’t seem to find anything to match. The same story I hear every day from women I meet: “Its pretty but what do I wear with it??”
Women all over the world are exploring the exciting side of fashion, mixing prints and patterns, florals with stripes, poka dots with houndstooth… As much as I’d like to say “go nuts!” I myself, am reserved in this trend. I still get stuck in having the same tones, more matchy-matchy at times than these die-hard fashionistas. I saw an advertisement for a local boutique and the mish-mash of fabrics hurt my eyes, honestly it would give me anxiety to combine two wild prints in the same outfit!
Now this lace skirt was consigned at the Store a few weeks ago. No label just a unique style and a perfect fit. I had no idea what I would wear with it at the time, so for a solid week it hung there on my rack. It tormented me. Finally I sat down and looked at all the tops I had in my closet and then turned my attention to all the tank tops I had piled up on a multi-hook hanger. This rich emerald green (or Christmas green as they say) struck me instantly. I knew I had a bold necklace with a variety of greens mixed together, it just might work!
And this you see, is the final outfit. Not at all what I would normally wear, but with the same accents and finesse that I seek to incorporate into my outfits. Sometimes all you need is a thick belt and a high waist to make a look come together!
Now this is a story. When you think, yeah I probably shouldn’t go thrifting because I was just there and odds are there is nothing new and definitely nothing I need. Well it was a long day and I needed to unwind! (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!) So I popped into the Village and perused the dress rack to discover a gorgeous white dress with a crochet top section, drawstring and beautiful lines. This dress was brand new with the tags still on, a brand Chelsea I believe, if only I had written it down before chopping out all the labels… wasn’t a brand or company I had ever heard of. It was $14.99 which normally I wouldn’t bother with but I thought what the heck, it was completely me I just had to know.
I take a few steps down and wouldn’t you know it, a second dress identical with tags as well in my absolute favourite shade of rich turquoise! I snatched that one up to on the chance that the first one fit. I only have one word to describe these dresses: perfection. Adjustable straps? Check. Crochet details? Check. Shapely design? Check. Favourite two colours? Check. I was blown away I didn’t think again about not having a coupon I was buying these two straight up because I would never find anything so beautiful and so comfortable. To this day they are my favourite, although I haven’t worn the turquoise out yet the white is definitely the easiest dress to accessorize!
*Update: I tried out the turquoise, LOVE IT!
Who doesn’t love a splash of colour to brighten up a dull week?! I was told wearing this outfit that I would “stop traffic” but I take that as a compliment. This lovely rich sherbet orange blouse by Joe Fresh is instantly uplifting and soft to the touch. The blazer is a recent thrift find by Forever 21, so unique I couldn’t pass it up!