My love of thrifting is no big secret. I talk a lot about it on SHS, and my family will tell you I've been a big supporter of all things thrift since childhood. Nothing beats scoring a great find, or a good deal. That's my kind of shopping high. Lately however, I've been thinking about whether thrifting has truly been beneficial for my budget.
It isn't that any one thing I buy is expensive, but the quantity of items I (used to) buy constitutes a much bigger budgetary issue. Sure I can buy four skirts for the price of one at the mall, but if I wouldn't buy that one skirt at the mall because of it's price tag, what makes the four any different? No matter how I slice it I end up spending as much, if not more, on thrifty stuff. Nine times out of ten I should have just gone out and bought the item I was trying to emulate in the first place.
This downsizing adventure has really brought to light just how much money I've spent on things I don't really need, or love. I would estimate that about 85% of what we're getting rid of is stuff that I picked up at a yard sale or thrift store. I've been sacrificing not only my money on this, but also our apartment. The amount of space required to house these things is unreal. We have cleared out almost two whole rooms of stuff. Scary.
So, am I saying that thrfting is bad? No. Am I saying I should rethink how I thrift? Yes. Looking through the items in our house, and my wardrobe that I love most, it's obvious that I have a soft spot for vintage pieces. My intention is not to label thrift shops as a hoarder's paradise, but merely to illustrate the dangers of a "good deal." Moving forward I have every intention to continue diving for treasure, but I'll be more cautious before I buy. I've started to ask myself a series of questions before I buy anything, but in particularly vintage:
1. Will this fit in with the decor I already own? How will it work with the other pieces in the room?
2. Can I wear this with at least three items already in my wardrobe, or will I need new items to make it work?
3. Do we already own something similar? If so, do we use it often enough to warrant another one?
4. How often will we/I use this item?
5. Am I trying to use this as a substitute for a "wishlist" item? If so, is this a worthwhile substitute, or should I save up for the really thing?
6. Will this add to our overall happiness at home?
So far, this technique has been working really well for me, and my wallet is already feeling fatter. Rethinking a negative habit in your life is liberating; I recommend it. Do you have any tips to curb a shopping/thrifting habit? Please share! big kiss, bekuh