Thrifting is a new hobby of mine. Josh and I have been working on our budget this past year and made some big cuts in order to pay off our student loan debt super fast (blog post coming soon about this journey). Due to new budget constraints, I began to pop into thrift shops on a regular basis looking to see if they had anything on my “need” or “want” list.
I’ve never spent a lot of money on clothes, accessories, or decorative things, but this area of our budget was slimmed down to almost nothing so it was time to get creative. Rather than looking for one specific item, I would take my allotted spending cash and peruse every section of the store to see what caught my eye. It was a fun challenge to see what I could get with the amount in hand.
With $35 I bought my end of summer/fall wardrobe and got creative. Here are the items I purchased:
I spent most of the fall wearing different variations of these clothes plus a few other items already in my closet.
One top – three ways:
The best chunky sweater
The red sweater I’d been searching a year for
Those seven pieces plus a $10 leather jacket and $6 boots comprised most of my outfits this past fall. I mixed and matched to make as many combos as possible.
I spent about $50 and got creative. I’m not a fashion expert by any means, but I do like looking somewhat decent when going out in public and this was the result!
A few weeks ago I wrote a post called Rest in the Mess. After moving I was highly motivated to organize, purge, and be okay with mess. The past two weeks I’ve been taking serious inventory of my closet. While I haven’t fully bought into the Capsule Wardrobe craze that seems to be dominating fashion blogs and Pinterest fashion links, I did dramatically reduce the size of my wardrobe.
I went through and gave away everything I haven’t worn in a VERY long time as well as anything that doesn’t fit me the way I want it to. I also really liked the idea of making your closet space or dresser space pretty so I cheaply spruced things up too.
Here’s my closet now. Sorry I don’t have a dramatic before shot! I was a little impulsive when I went for the purge and didn’t think to take a photo.
Here’s my favorite find from the whole trip:
All in all, I feel a lot freer and less stressed when it comes to getting dressed. I have been wearing necklaces and other accessories and jewelry more. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to try as many different outfit combos and post the result!