Let me count my blessings:
First and foremost, my husband found a great job and is thriving, and this has had such a positive impact on our family.
joined in my joy which multiplies it exponentially!
guest posts and been featured in the newspaper and on other blogs. My expectations were far surpassed!
Now, in case all y'all are curious, I have been keeping track of my thrifting spending and I'm going to be real and share it here.
I tallied up the total amount that I have spent this year on thrift shopping for myself (kids and household purchases are not included). Drum roll please......
I have no idea if this is considered a little or a lot by the general public. I have no real baseline to compare it to; until I started this adventure, I was pregnant or recovering from gaining cough-cough three times over and so I had not rebuilt my wardrobe in a stable size until this year. However, I can say this with confidence. I did well. Because for $1007.10, I got 186 items ranging from tops, pants, skirts, dresses, bags, shoes, outerwear and accessories for an average cost per item of $5.41.
186 items for $5.41 each.
That is dumbfounding to me. First the quantity, then the value! I initially felt a little embarrassed by how much I have spent but then I remembered that I basically replaced my entire wardrobe this year. If the average woman bought 10-15 pieces in a year for $70-$100, she would spend the same amount. I think it is reasonable and in any case, it is well below the general clothing budget guidelines relative to my family's income.
There has been movement of pieces in and out of my closet - some donated back, some swapped and some waiting for seasonal wear. And let's face it, I am like a five-year-old when it comes to novelty! I like new (to me) pieces that I can style up and try out and then release back into the pond for someone else. This is the good ol' catch and release approach related to style! If I wasn't thrifting, if I wasn't blogging about style, I would probably settle for less novelty, but as it is, it suits.
What comes next?
I challenged myself to a year of shopping second hand and now that I've started, I have no desire to stop. Here is what you can expect:
I am setting aside $1000 for my thrifting budget for the next year and will continue to shop ONLY second hand for myself with two exceptions:
- I will be having my turn in Splurge Sorority soon and will have $500 to splurge on something just for me!! I AM EXCITED! I have a few things in mind already. I promise to share down to the penny when my turn comes!
- I will continue to support my talented jewelry designing sister She Does Create by purchasing and wearing her unique accessories. It's very selfless of me, don't you think? Insert halo.
Click on over to read all about it! I want to share my love of thrifting with the world* and am at your service for the following:
- closet consultation
- style consultation
- accessory consultation
- thrifting guide
- reviews, ads, sponsorships, etc.
*This is what I would say in my Miss America speech.
I continue to view this little space of Internet as a place to explore my creativity, style and humour! Thrifting remains a joyful blessing and hobby, and the more I can share the merrier! VV Boutique Style is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest so click on over and let's connect!
I will conclude VV Boutique Style's birthday party with some of my favourite looks and posts from the first year: