August 10th is a special day for me.  That is the day that a burden became a blessing, when the negative circumstances of my husband losing his job turned into a hobby that I would never have pursued otherwise, when I started thrift-style blogging at VV Boutique Style and my life changed, irrevocably, for the better.

My very first photo.  I have come a long way.
My very first blog photo… I have come a long way though I still have that dress.

Though everything happened quite organically (i.e., I had no idea what I was doing and had no long-term plan in mind), since that date, I have been keeping track of what I buy and how much I spend on my thrifted pieces and at the end of each year of thrifting, I love figuring out the grand total of my purchases and, most importantly, the cost per piece!  In my first year of thrifting, I spent $1007.10 for 186 items or $5.41 per piece.  Both the quantity and cost-per-piece astounded me!  How could my closet possibly hold that many “new” things?!!  Thrifting meant that my closet was a much more, er, dynamic place, or, to put another way, the place in my home getting the most action.  (Snicker snicker.)  Despite all the traffic in and out of my closet, my favourite thrift finds from my first year remain and make me smile every time I see them…

BCBG dress WITH POCKETS
BCBG dress WITH POCKETS for $12.50
Ann Taylor cargo pants for
Ann Taylor cargo pants for $6
This vintage cardi was gifted but thrifted and I love it.  To me, it's the perfect ugly-pretty piece that is like a life metaphor.
This vintage cardi was gifted but thrifted and I love it. To me, it’s the perfect ugly-pretty piece that is like a life metaphor.
Jax wool coat for $10
Jax camel houndstooth wool coat for $10

I “budgeted” $1000 for my second year of thrifting but should have recognized that I’m an overachiever!  I spent $1390.30 for 271 pieces or $5.13 per piece so I exceeded expectations on both quantity and cost-per-piece!  However, I earned more than that through my thrift-guiding adventures, so I basically profited and therefore dispensed with any budget going forward!  My favourite purchases from my second year…

Lida Baday wool silk blazer for $4
Lida Baday wool silk blazer for $4
Art print pants for
Art print pants for $7
This vintage dress for $4 earned me the best cheapest dressed award at the Yeggies.
This vintage dress for $4 earned me the best/cheapest dressed award at the Yeggies.  In my mind.
Gorgeous Anthro-esque maxi dress for
Gorgeous Anthro-esque maxi dress for $6.50

Going into my third year of thrifting, I thought… there’s no way that I will buy that much again this year.  I patted myself on the back in advance and went about my thrifty life.  Welllllll, can you guess what happened?!  I didn’t exceed year two but I certainly was not a model of restraint!  There are just too many amazing pieces to be thrifted!  Before I reveal the grand total, here are some of my favourite pieces and adventures from this year…

During summer vacation just after my blog birthday, I discovered the joy of road-trip thrifting!
During summer vacation just after my blog birthday, I discovered the joy of road-trip thrifting!
I amused myself by wearing this to drop my kids off for the first day of school.
I amused myself by wearing this to drop my kids off for the first day of school.
I used my third turn with Splurge Sorority funds for a little cosmetic work!
I used my third turn with Splurge Sorority funds for a little cosmetic work!
Good times with bathroom selfies at El Cortez.
Good times with bathroom selfies at El Cortez.
Back when there was BTE, my friends came on TV with me to show off thrifted Fall fashion.
Feastival was fun in $600+ shoes that I paid less than ten bucks for.
Feastival was fun in $600+ shoes that I paid less than ten bucks for.
I LOVE this vest.
I LOVE this vest.
Pinspired March was SO MUCH FUN.
Pinspired March was SO MUCH FUN.
And April's 1o-Item Sustainable Spring Wardrobe changed me.  You'll see soon.
And April’s 1o-Item Sustainable Spring Wardrobe changed me. You’ll see soon.
A shared my brief hair-story of time, spanning decades!
I shared my brief hair-story of time, spanning decades!
I found a reason to make cocktails and take pictures of clothes.  #genius
I found a reason to make cocktails *and* take pictures of clothes. #genius
But the biggest news of this year was the big switch from VV Boutique Style to The Spirited Thrifter!
But the biggest news of the year was the switch from VV Boutique Style to The Spirited Thrifter!

Okay, I think I’m ready to fess up.  From August 11, 2014 to August 10, 2015 I spent:

$1143.85 for 199 pieces

OR

$5.74 per piece

I’m not sure whether I should be air high-fiving the Internet or averting my eyes with a guilty smile!  This year, I worked more in my  day job and therefore had less time to dedicate to thrift-guiding.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!  Still, I earned enough to offset almost half of my thrifting budget, so the actual money out-of-pocket for the entire year and for all 199 pieces was LESS than what I would have spent regular retail on any ONE of the following…

Robert Clergerie shoes
Robert Clergerie shoes
Salvatore Ferragamo sandals
Salvatore Ferragamo sandals
Lida Baday dress or Chie Mahara shoes
Lida Baday dress or Chie Mahara shoes
One of my recent amazing deals - new with tags silk Isabel Marant dress for
New with tags silk Isabel Marant dress

So I guess that means it’s high fives!!  Good job, Me!  On this happy occasion of my third blog birthday, I will say this: the joy of thrifting does not run out.  The thrift scores waiting to be discovered do not run out.  Despite some over-priced items, the savings from thrifting does not run out.  Thrift shopping is sustainable!  And it sustains, at least me.

I'll drink to that!
Cheers!

Stay tuned for an exciting project I have in mind for my fourth year of thrifted fashion!  And meanwhile, enjoy some archives, find me in all most of the social media places and follow along for what is sure to be another fun, spirited year!

These thrifted shoes are meant for leading… and that’s just what they’ll DO!

5 Comments

  1. Laura Willes Reply

    You’ve inspired me to thrift & I am loving it! I really enjoy reading your great ideas for putting together outfits! Thankyou!

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