Posts Tagged: money

Ditching the “One of Everything” Mentality

I like closure. Completeness. I don’t collect many things because my urge to acquire one of each available item is very, very strong. And I know now how counterproductive that urge can be.

When I first became interested in expanding my wardrobe, I was rather obsessive about slowly gathering one of each. And by “each” I don’t really mean every possible garment, shoe, and accessory. It was mostly limited to basics. If I was going to bother with dress pants, I might as well have a black pair, and brown pair, and a gray pair. Come to think of it, that triad covered most of my “one of each” tendencies: Black, brown, and gray skirts, pumps, boots, blazers, tees, etc. And I never put myself in financial risk by amassing these items, but I did spend quite a bit of money acquiring them over the years. read more

Guest Post: Jill Chivers on What I Learned About Shopping (and How it Changed My Life)

Today’s amazing guest post comes from the very talented Jill Chivers. Jill is an Australian reformed shopaholic who is now an advocate for conscious shopping. After successfully completing her own year without clothes shopping, Jill launched the world’s first online membership site for other women who want to slay their own shopping dragon and create a healthier relationship to shopping, themselves, their wardrobes, and their wallets. Jill has been interviewed about compulsive overshopping by countless media outlets, including ABC4, NBC affiliated King 5, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle ,and the Wall Street Journal. read more

Return, Repurpose, Resell

How to know when you should return, repurpose, or resell a clothing item that doesn't fit or work for you.

If you bat a thousand when it comes to style-related purchases, you’re my hero. I’ve never known anyone who adores and uses every item she ever buys and never makes a shopping blunder, but if you are she, you are AWESOME.

For the rest of us mere mortals, purchasing missteps must be dealt with on occasion. In my experience, there are three main choices for items you feel won’t work in the long run: Return, repurpose, and resell. Here’s how I break down my choices.

RETURN

I return anything that doesn’t fit, is damaged, wasn’t what I expected, doesn’t work within my wardrobe, and, of course, is returnable. Seldom do I purchase anything that I’m unsure about if it’s a final sale situation, but it has happened on occasion. I’m more inclined to return items quickly if they are expensive, since I absolutely hate to have money missing from my account that should eventually be mine again, but once I’ve decided to return something I get a bit obsessed. Even small items will get whisked back to their respective stores or dropped into the mail within hours of the decision being made. Nothing irks me like missing the return window on an item that I have no intention of keeping or wearing. read more