1. I will plan out how much I want to spend in total.
Before leaving my apartment, I hadn’t even thought about how much money I wanted to spend. This attitude is what got me into money trouble in the first place. I am proud of the $55.00 I spent on 13 items, but I should get into the habit of planning my spending.
2. I will look through my closet to see if there are any items that can be donated.
My closet is full of clothing I do not wear. They hang there day-in and day-out without any hope of being worn. It would have been wise of me to pack them up and donate them when I was already headed to the secondhand store; kill two birds with one stone.
3. I will research which secondhand store I want to shop at.
I went to Desert Industries Thrift Store. This is a secondhand store down the road from me. I decided on this shopping spot purely because it is close to home. The experience I had there was wonderful. The employees were kind and offered a smile in each passing. The store itself was clean and organized. It wasn’t until I plopped myself down to write this blog post that I did a little research and discovered that Desert Industries is an amazing place. The difference they have made for so many people actually moved me to tears. I will definitely be returning to shop here in the future. To find out why I feel this way check them out at here.
4. I will have an idea of what I want to buy.
Secondhand stores are enormous. There are so many options and it is overwhelming. Because I didn’t think about what style of items I wanted before I left my apartment, I had no idea where to start. Luckily, my sister came to my rescue and acted as my personal shopper. Next time I might not be able to rely on her being there to toss shirts, skirts, pants, and dresses over the fitting room door for me to try on.
5. I will have a limit on how much I will spend on one item.
Like I said before, I just tried things on and if I liked them I decided to buy them. I didn’t look at price tags. I’ve realized this is a habit I exhibit only during clothing shopping. When I grocery shop, I’m constantly looking at price tags and determining price-per-ounce to get the best deal. I don’t know why I don’t penny-pinch like that while I shop for clothes and jewelry.
6. I will wear socks.
Secondhand stores don’t have the cute little socks for free like Payless. I wore sandals to go shopping so I didn’t try on the shoes I bought, but lucky for me they ended up fitting.
7 & 8. I will wear a tank top and I will wear jeans.
I wore a denim dress with a cute little braided, brown belt clinching the waist. The outfit was on point, but not for shopping. Although I did not need jeans, I had to find myself a pair to try on with tops. A lot of those tops were sheer or lacy and would be worn with a tank top underneath so I had to track down one of those too. It would have been much easier if I would have worn jeans and a tank top in the first place.
9. I will forget about brands and try on whatever I think looks good.
Classism at its finest is when you feel inferior because of the brand of your jeans. I grew up below the poverty li
ne and I always wanted those Buckle jeans that cost an arm and a leg. When I started making money, I thought buying these jeans would make me a new person. But guess what? I’m was still Ariel, no one noticed, and I $200 went to a greedy corporation. When I stopped looking for brand names while shopping, a door opened up, and behind that door was a thousand style possibilities.
10. I will buy one unique item each time I shop.
Taking risks with unique pieces is one thing I want to get better at. I refuse to be a wallflower.
In my About Me, you can look at the first casual outfit I put together from my first shopping trip. The price tag for this outfit from head to toe is $10. For a more detailed breakdown, go to Price Tags.