It's not the most exciting job in the world, but The Teen has her first checking account and has discovered online shopping. Oh. Dear. We're going to miss the extra help, and she's going to miss the extra funds when school starts in a few weeks.
The Limited skirt ~ blogger swap with Megan
Loft ruffled tank ~ several years old
Loft cardigan ~ several years old
Saks Fifth Avenue flats ~ Saks Outlet clearance sale last year
Silver skinny belt ~ probably Ross Dress for Less
Bracelets ~ one vintage bracelet from relatives, one purchase at boutique in Charleston in 2005
Earrings ~ purchased several years ago at boutique in Chapel Hill.
I took almost an entire back seat full of clothes to one of my favorite consignment stores, since they only accept donations without an appointment on week days. While I waited to see what items they would accept, I shopped. I kind of didn't have a choice.
The blue bracelet is vintage; the pink one shakes very satisfactorily.
What was really odd was experiencing an unanticipated effect of my recent self-imposed shopping ban, i.e. I wasn't very interested in buying anything. I did pull some items and try them on (while I was still waiting), but didn't love one single thing enough to even be tempted to buy it, not even some nice tops I could have acquired for $5 or $6 apiece (I also had a $5 off coupon). I have a short list of items I'm looking for, a couple more dressy tees (draped necks or asymmetrical hems) for the office, a well-tailored linen jacket, a basic black dress, and pencil skirts in purple, pink, turquoise, or blue.
The Teen can still wear this polka dot cardigan we got in Target's kid section at least four years ago.
The same thing happened when I took The Teen to Kohl's to get a new book bag. The zipper ripped out of last year's, likely due to the 50 pounds of books students are required to carry everywhere because their lockers are too far away. There were racks and racks of 60-80% discounts, and I even tried on a few tees that fit the bill, that again would have fallen in the under $10 range. But I walked out without buying any clothes. In the interest of transparency, I did buy one yellow hinged bangle on sale. I'm conveniently leaving shoes and accessories out of the ban, plus I'm kind of an idiot when it comes to anything that benefits a good Arm Party.
When I do start shopping again, I'm planning to instate a monthly clothing allowance. I've got a very small figure in mind, so I'll be relying heavily on thrifting what I need and serious sales. And hopefully even some blogger swaps. I really had fun swapping some clothes with Megan; even The Teen got a bagful of cool items she loves from Megan.
Do any of you have a budget for clothes - and are you good about sticking to it?