Thrift Store Shopping Spree and New Years Goal

I don't generally make personal goals for each New Year - not because I don't have goals, but because I have never thought of anything interesting enough to say "this is my New Years goal."

Paul and I set lofty financial goals at the beginning of 2009 and we're both thrilled that we exceeded those goals. And we're doing it again in 2010. But those are "us" goal, not a personal goal.

The past couple of weeks I have been inspired with an idea that I have decided to turn into a goal for 2010 -
To buy all of my clothes from the thrift store or yard sales.
I know I have linked to her a lot lately, but Jen has been a true inspiration for this goal!! Check this link for all her Frugal Fashionista posts to check out some of her great finds!!

On top of that, all of my children's clothes will come from those places and - I am so excited about this - my sister, who is living with us for five months, has agreed to participate too!

I already buy the majority of our clothes second hand, but it will be a challenge to be exclusively a thrift store/yard sale shopper!!

There are a few exceptions I have set for myself;

1. Undergarments will be bought brand new from a store.
2. Same with bathing suits.
3. If I get a gift card to a store I can buy clothes with the gift card (but chances are I'll use it for household items).

My shoes, purses and accessories all need to be second hand too. I am super picky about those things and don't wear used shoes or worn purses but over this past year I have discovered incredible brand new shoes and purses at yard sales or thrift stores. I feel confident making those a part of my goal because my closet has enough of both to get me through 2010 even if I don't find any second hand.

I am going to get rid of a piece of clothing for each piece I bring home - I don't like excessive clutter and that goes for my wardrobe too (though looking at it right now you wouldn't know it!!)

The point of my goal is:
1. To save money
2. To 'live green.'
3. To spruce up my wardrobe (I'll show you soon - I can't afford the regular price of the clothes I am buying!)
4. Just to see if I can do it.
and finally,
5. To encourage others to look at their clothing purchases differently.

Like I said earlier, my sister is living with us and she has agreed to this challenge for the next 5 months. I took her to our thrift store a few days ago to introduce her to its treasures - she is already a thrift store lover, but she also likes to shop at the mall. I think I have converted her. We found amazing deals between the two of us - a lot of the items were brand new with tags (BNWT) and we added those up and googled the items without a price tag and the low ball value of the items we bought was $1,240! We spent $60 that day.

The dress at the top of this post was one of the treasures - it still had the original store price tag of $70 on it!

This purse was there - it is a BNWT Liz Claiborn purse and has a $29 price tag on it.

This silk sweater had a $78 price tag.

I would never pay the original price for these clothes, but I will gladly pay the $1.99-$4.99 that the Thrift Store charges!

Over the last few days I have been thinking about how this goal could be turned into something that honors God and use it as a ministry for others. I have a few ideas I am praying about and considering. I'll see how the Lord leads in that way as it would be exciting to me to share these deals with others.

*Note: Paul is extremely hard to find clothes for, even at full price, which is why I am not including his clothes in this challenge. But as much as is possible his clothes will be second hand.


Brittany said...

fun resolution! i love thrift stores!!! i find the best stuff. the money saved is incredible. most all my house decor is 2nd hand b/c i just can't afford to do brand new!

Jessica said...

Oh, I love that idea! I can't wait to see what you find!

And.....which thrift stores are you looking in? Goodness! What amazing finds!

Patsy said...

Wow, what a goal!! I think that is great, but I am not sure I could do it. Have a blessed new year!!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Wow! I am not even sure as much of a Thrift store junkie that I could even do that, but with my goal of actually getting in shape, and being more healthy, and losing weight, I need to commit to this one. It is foolish to pay department store prices for something I hope will be temporary wearing it. Looking forward to seeing how it goes, and you will have to introduce me to these stores when I visit Augusta. Hope you are having a wonderful New Years Day! Jackie

Stacy said...

What a neat goal! I love thrift stores and garage sales, even though ours don't seem to be quite the same quality that yours have.

Bobbie said...

Cant wait to see all the bargins. I do not have much luck at the thift store/yard sale with clothes and shoes. I dont get the great bargins that you get!

Stephanie said...

I love your blog!

I have been doing this for Zaphyn's clothes for the past 6 months, and it is amazing.
I put her old clothes on consignment, or kijiji, and keep using the same money to purchase the next size. It comforts me to know that I also have bins with name brand, brand new clothing in it that goes up to size 6x.

I would love to carry this on to me too. If my clothing costs were fractioned in any way it would help us out so much.

Our church has been doing clothing exchanges which is also a great idea for getting rid of the old items, and blessing someone else in return.

Jen@balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Yea - you are on your way, my friend :)

Rebecca L said...

Good luck Jessica! I'm currently on a mission not to buy ANY clothes/accessories/shoes for an entire year... I'm 5 months in already and surprisingly it's pretty easy!

Becki said...

Cool goal! I had been considering a similar one, with the added proviso that I could make my clothes. I love to sew!

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

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