Remember the second hand pledge from last spring? Well, guess what? I MADE IT! This shopaholic went 5 whole months without buying new clothes or shoes. In all honesty, I really can’t believe how fast it went. Really makes you realize how fast life is whizzing by- but that’s a whole other post…
So maybe you’re wondering what I learned from this experience, or maybe if it really taught me anything?
I definitely got a lot out of this! Although it wasn’t the main goal- I saved a whole lotta money. It’s impossible to put a figure on it but those $30, $50, $70 impulse shopping trips definitely add up. By not even glancing in the clothing direction at Target, I got out of there every time with just the necessities on my list. Okay, and maybe a giant box of Cheez-Its, but that should’ve been on the list in the first place…
We are creatures of habit and sometimes those are bad habits. We also have will power and can BREAK bad habits- even though it’s daunting and not easy. Although I didn’t do anything amazing here, I broke what felt like a bad habit to me. I was still shopping at the thrift stores and I was still able to satisfy my new-to-me clothing cravings. BUT, I don’t have to feel guilty about that because it’s giving life to something thrown out. Plus, with my fickle tastes, I don’t have to feel guilty about wearing something thrifted only a few times and re-donating it if I want!
There were a few times it wasn’t easy, like when I wanted a new bathing suit or saw a cute t-shirt on Etsy but I made it and feel really good about not cheating.
So what’s the plan now??
I want to continue to mostly thrift but allow myself to add in purchases that are handmade or from independent retailers. There’s no more pledge but anything else should be bought with intention and given thought too. I may have to allow myself a few new splurges as a reward :)
Thanks to my friend Amanda for joining in on this! We made it, girl!This entry was posted in outfits and tagged 2nd hand challenge, outfits, t-store scores, vintage. ← oh hi there, fall! What to Wear- to a pumpkin patch… →