I returned to work after Christmas on Wednesday to huge piles of work and being short-staffed with many off for the holidays. At lunch I simply had to get away from the office. The only place I can go on my short 45 minute lunch is my favorite Goodwill location that is 1/2 a block away. This was one of the best speed shopping thrift trips this year:
Two pair of jeans (one is Gap) $6.99 each - this is what I set out to look for as my current jeans are in poor shape.
One completely awesome brown Italian leather with yellow silk interior Pulicati Hobo Bag $15 - more than I would normally ever spend on a used purse but I recognized immediately the high quality. Would you believe I did not recognize the name? Back at work I quickly googled it and realized this is a high end designer that is generally only available in Europe and the USA. I am not sure there is a retailer in Canada selling these bags so someone must have picked it up in their travels. A used one exactly like this is currently listed on Ebay for $99. And yes, folks, this is not a knock off. This rates as my favorite thrift store find in 2011.
After such fabulous luck on my lunch break I thought I would check out the Salvation Army on the way home from work. Eddie Bauer soft cotton summer shirt - perfect for my new Vancouver Island lifestyle. $4.99
Yes, these year end purchases put me a bit over the year clothing budget but I believe worth the small overage. Here is the breakdown:
Clothing Budget 2011 $400
Of $406.90(includes socks/undergarments/clothes/shoes/jackets/purses/jewellery)
$173.07 spent on new items
$233.87 spent on used items
2012 Budget $200/year or half as much as 2011, lower as will be quitting our jobs shortly and taking part of the year off work. No need to maintain a work wardrobe.
I aim to achieve this budget by buying more used items in 2012 and checking out special sales days at the thrift stores. I simply was disappointed with most of the new items I bought(early wear, buttons falling off) whereas am never disappointed in a pair of jeans worn 100 times purchased for $6.99 used = higher satisfaction ratio.
My big breakthrough this year was getting over buying used shoes. They still have to be in almost never worn pristine condition for me to buy them but after buying two pairs of designer leather shoes and a pair of boots all for $17 total I am a convert. Needless to say I am still careful to completely disinfect them once home but after a polish you would never know.
Do you buy used clothing? If so what was your greatest find this year?
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