Well, I don’t know what you’re doing right now, but I’m sitting indoors waiting out a hurricane, musing about another year of thrifting under my belt.
It was 5 years ago this August that I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to shop secondhand for a year and blog all about it. I still have most of those first purchases and about 500 more pieces in my wardrobe! Give or take. 😀 I keep track of all my purchases and, depending on the year, I try to stick to a thrifting budget. Before I reveal this year’s totals, I must say that my wardrobe is very dynamic. I used to hang onto pieces until they achieved a cost-per-wear of a dollar or less… Then I gave up on that and only kept pieces that spark joy. Then I gave up on that since I don’t have a tiny Japanese apartment and embraced a “minimalist” approach – minimalism as in things that have usefulness or add beauty to my life. That remains my general approach. Already I have enjoyed and passed along several of the pieces I thrifted this year and I continually edit my closet. So what I’m about to share sounds like a lot but in reality, my wardrobe is an island of thrifted homeostasis!
As a refresher:
- in my first year of thrifting I spent $1007.10 for 186 (ave $5.41 per piece)
- in my second year of thrifting, I spent $1390.30 for 271 pieces ($5.13 per piece)
- in my third year of thrifting, I spent $1143.85 for 199 pieces ($5.74 per piece)
- in my fourth year of thrifting, I spent $979.55 for 169 pieces ($5.80 per piece)
This year, I had a vague goal of sticking to $80 per month but my heart really wasn’t in it and I ended up thrifting whatever struck my fancy. I’m over 40, I can do whatever I darn well want! And that attitude led me to the worst cost per piece of my thrifting career, oops!!! 😀 I spent $1227.65 for 167 pieces or an average of $7.35 per piece. IN MY DEFENSE, I bought some big-ticket items for big thrifted price tags (which to me is anything over $10) but they will be worth it in the long run… er, for at least one or two days here in Texas when it’s cold enough to wear them…
It (hopefully) goes without saying that the regular retail value of those 167 pieces is easily ten times what I paid. I’m not known for my budgeting skills, but apparently a standard budget line for clothing is 5% of your take home pay. This calculation could be a problem this year when my current position is Texas Trophy Wife (aka unemployed), but for the past year that means what I spent is well under what I could have reasonably budgeted, were I the budgeting sort. I’m curious, does anyone have a clothing budget that they actually stick to? Would you consider $1000 – $1200 a lot or a little for an annual clothing budget? (and now I wait with fingers crossed that I’m not alone)
Some of my favourite purchases this year were…
I could go on! Overall it was a very successful year of thrifting, with several pieces that will be in it for the long haul and some pieces that had a short fun stint in my closet. I started my 6th year of thrifting upon my arrival in Houston in July, technically a little early, and already things are shaping up to be quite different. Major change in roles, major change in weather, major change in the thrifting scene and a major change in my wardrobe. I can’t predict how much I’ll spend or how I’ll manage the clothes that are indefinitely out of rotation. My main goals right now are to 1. weather this hurricane, 2. not turn into a frumpy stay at home mom, and 3. figure out my new style for this new life. Stay tuned! It should be a fun year! And if YOU are a local thrift enthusiast, I would love love love to connect!