“I only paid 87 cents for this shirt!”
Yes, I used to happily proclaim this about recent thrift stores scores that I was proud of. Now, I’ll just as happily tell you about a $20 thrifted dress.
Over the past few months I’ve started spending more money on my thrifted clothes and it’s been the best thing ever for my style.
Don’t get me wrong. I still love shopping for thrifted clothes that have an unbelievably low price tag, but spending a bit more on my thrift and vintage clothing has helped me be way more discerning about what I’ll add to my closet.
Remember earlier this week when I mentioned clothes should earn a space in your closet? Yeah, you especially want to do that when you’re paying a bit more for your clothes than you used to.
One of the biggest budget shopping mistakes people make is buying something because it’s cheap. The rational goes, “oh, it’s just $1. Why not?”
That should never be your only motivation for shopping. And how do I know that? Because that’s what I did for years. I’ve been thrifting for 10+ years and over that time I racked up a bunch of crap that I wouldn’t have bought if it was a bit more expensive. I finally got out of that habit. So now when I buy a garment, you can surely believe it’s going in my closet because it serves a purpose and suits my style.
I’d rather have one amazing vintage dress for $20 than a bag full of mediocre secondhand goods.
Again, it’s great when you can find a serious deal, whether you’re shopping secondhand or not, but is it really a deal if you don’t wear it? Or if it doesn’t make you feel great when you put it on?
I used to classify a thrift shopping trip as a success if I walked away with a ton of stuff. Now, I’m happy with one or two killer items.
Shopping for quality over quantity will always be in style!
What’s the average price you spend on clothes or accessories? Have you started spending more on your clothes and investing in wardrobe essentials?