Apr 6 2011

to buy or not to buy, that is the question [day 314]

I found myself at a thrift store about a week ago, one that I haven’t visited in a long time.  I really didn’t need anything, but since I was on that side of town, I decided to check it out.  In the past, any good must be purchased, but now I apply my new shopping skills before buying anything.  Here’s a little bit of what that looks like.

  • Browse first, pick up later. I shop without picking up anything.  I look for things I like, then once I’m done, I go back and get the things I remember.  If it didn’t stick in my head, it’s not worth buying.
  • Do I need this? This question doesn’t mean I can’t have it if I don’t need it.  What it does mean is looking at the big picture.  Why do I want it?  How long will I use it?  Will I even use it more than once of twice?  What item will I get rid of to get this with my one for one model?
  • Can I repurpose something I have, borrow or trade for this? Basically I’m asking, “Is there a better way?”  Let’s take a tool for example.  Do I have something that will do the same job?  Could I borrow or rent this item?  I look at all other options.

I did something a little different on this shopping trip.  I took photos of everything I would have put in the cart or considered buying right away.  Here’s the photos.

Things I didn’t buy.

This extremely well build patio coffee table would have come home with me.  I don’t need, I would barely have space for it, but it was a screaming deal at $29.99.  I still want it just looking at the photo of it.  I love the modern style, and the way this was built, it could serve as a storm shelter.

Awesome cap, too tight for my head.  Continue reading


Jan 8 2011

necessary clothing [day 226]

Amy found this clothing store in New York City called Necessary Clothing.  Yes, clothing is necessary, and from the looks of the mannequins, you might need to buy several pieces of it.

I did a little research on this store.  They’re located in the SoHo district and it looks like they carry reasonably priced clothing, comparable to Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe.  The clothing has been described as hoochie-mama or hooker styles.  I don’t see how those style are necessary to my wardrobe, but it does explain the mannequin’s lack of clothing.  I have to say, I found this photo interesting, a mannequin with a boob job.  Even Darla is shaking her head on this one.

I want to go to New York City and find some thrift stores.  I wonder how many they have and what areas they’re in.  It would be a fun trip.

If you took the amount of money you spent on the clothes you’re wearing right now, got that amount in $1 bills, how much of your body would it cover?  I would clearly be in trouble.  I know, that’s a stupid analogy, but it seems like some of the clothing sold at full retail prices is just not a good value for the dollar.  What I mean is that the higher the dollar amount, the less amount of clothing you get.  Jeans with holes cost more.  Tiny thin t-shirts cost more.  I guess it’s the name brands and the styles we’re paying for.  Here’s one of my favorite quotes about style, and it’s so true.

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. — Oscar Wilde