As some of you are aware, one of my goals for this year was to buy “nothing new”…specifically no new clothes. In 2012 I had a goal of no clothes shopping, AT ALL. And I held to it, it was one of the best things I ever did. But this year I am tweaking it a bit. I am only allowed to shop at thrift stores/donation stores/re-sale shops. Why did I decide on this challenge? Because I am getting married in less than 5 months (insert panic attack here) which means we are in crazy money saving mode right now. Every single penny has to be put away.
Sounds like an expensive brand? 5 bucks, boom.
But not only do I need to be saving money for all these up coming costs, with special events like a bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner etc….it is a perfect “excuse” to buy something new. It’s my BRIDAL shower, I HAVE to buy a new dress!? It’s my last night out as a single girl, I NEED to buy the right shoes!? Right?? WRONG. I need nothing. I have plenty of outfits and I could seriously wear something different every single day this year and still have un-worn clothes. It is a problem.
Even after a year of not shopping and continuously purging my closets, I still have too much. This is mainly because I wear the same favorites over and over again. Am I too old for ripped up jeans? I hope not. Anyway, by not allowing myself to buy anything “new” I am saving myself from the money trap of buying 5 different outfits to wear to my rehearsal dinner or shower or bachelorette party…because I can’t decide what to pick. Being a girl is so stupid.
Last year I became inspired to start hitting up thrift stores, Goodwill, Platos Closets etc. and have been finding so many treasures! So why can’t I do that for a whole year? If I REALLY feel that I “need” something new, I can aid in the re-using of resources instead of buying more overpriced crap. Everybody wins! I have yet to buy anything this year (have not had the urge yet) but all the pictures here are from things I purchased in November/December… and the crazy thing? Everything except for the leopard Sperry boat shoes (below) had original tags on them, so I really do get the thrill of something new without suffering from the price. Awesome sauce.
Stay blessed in the mess! 🙂