So, I mentioned that I may have spent quite a bit of money on clothes in the past week or so. I wasn’t kidding. I think for the number of items I got, I didn’t actually spend that much. I will see what you think.
The first place I went was a resale store called Ditto. I had a full stamp card, which entitled me to $20 off. And I sold back two tops for $6.00. They were also having a sale where you buy one tank top, get one 50% off. (I think it went for all tops, because 2 of my non-tank top shirts ended up being 50% off as well). I ended up spending $10.31 at this store, and this is what I got:
1 tank top ($4)
1 tank top (Originally $2, but 50% off, so $1)
1 sweater ($12)
3/4 sleeve shirt ($10)
3/4 sleeve shirt (Originally $8, but 50% off, so $4)
1 long-sleeved shirt (Originally $8, but 50% off, so $4)
The total before my $20 for my stamp card and $6 for selling back clothes came to $35.00. After tax I paid just a little over $10! Not too bad!
The next store I went to was Plato’s Closet. This is also a resale store, so prices are pretty low. My stamp card wasn’t completely full, and there weren’t any really great sales, so I paid “full price” for their items, which ends up being much lower than if I would have bought them new at the mall. I ended up paying $60.87. Here is what I got:
1 short dress ($5.00)
1 belt ($6.00)
1 pair of black leggings ($4.00)
1 pair of charcoal grey leggings ($5.00)
1 short dress ($7.00)
1 black maxi skirt ($9.00)
1 striped tank top ($4.00)
1 striped cardigan ($8.00)
1 long sleeved top ($8.00)
Now, if you notice, I have not bought any new pants, which is really what I needed at this point. The two stores I went into just didn’t have any selection of work trousers. Because of that I ended up going to a 3rd store: Ross. This store isn’t a resale store, but they have newer fashions that are marked down from department store prices. I ended up spending quite a bit of money here, but a chunk of it went to a new pair of tennis shoes for Hubs. If I take that out of the equation, I ended up spending $67.86 on clothing for myself. Here is what I got there:
1 top/sweater set ($13.99)
1 dressy sleeveless shirt (Originally $14.99, on sale for $9.99)
1 black and white striped top ($7.99)
1 pair of black trousers (Originally $12.99, on sale for $8.99)
1 pair of black trousers ($12.99)
1 long sleeved blue and grey striped top (Originally $6.99, on sale for $4.99)
1 long sleeved pink top (Originally $4.99, on sale for $3.39)
One thing to note is that almost all of the tops that I bought during my trips can be paired with a number of different pants: trousers, skirts, jeans, etc. This makes them much more versatile. I am able to create more than just 1 look from each top.
For a grand total of $139.04 I bought 22 items! That comes to an average of $6.32 an item. I think I am ready for fall! I am already well stocked for winter, so I don’t foresee me buying any new clothes for about a year. I am hoping to add a line item in our budget for clothing. I know Hubs is in need of some new items, and come next fall, I would rather have a large sum saved up instead of having to dip into savings.
I do feel guilty about buying myself clothes, but in all honesty most of my fall clothes are ones that I got when I first started teaching (I am starting my 8th year this year). I have a stack of clothes that I will be donating to Goodwill in order to clean out my closet and really get rid of those items I just don’t wear. (This is one good thing about Hubs wearing a uniform to work. We don’t have to worry about buying him new work clothes, too.)
The next big shopping trip I have planned is in September. I will be going to the consignment sale to get winter items for Miss C. I don’t think I will spend as much as I have in the past, as I have quite a few 2T items already stocked up in the basement. I have a lovely friend who has handed down many clothes to us, which makes life much easier (and less expensive).