My thrifting year goes from July to June which means it’s that special time when I confess how much I spent on thrift shopping this year! This is my first thrifting year in the US and I’m so curious whether I spent more, less or about the same as in Canada! Let’s find out!
How much did I spend on thrifting in years past?
Every summer, I pull out the calculator (er, my phone, but please picture a vintage adding machine) and tally up my purchases from the past year then, to make myself feel better, I calculate the cost per piece. To recap…
- 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)
- in my fifith year of thrifting, I spent $1227.65 for 167 pieces ($7.35 per piece)
Over the years, women have commented on their spending and mine, and I have studied clothing budget posts by other fashion bloggers, and I have concluded that my spending is not that bad though the quantity of purchases is higher than most. And for that, I blame thrifting!
How much does the average person spend on clothes?
People who budget recommend spending approximately 5% or less of your net income on clothing. Who here follows that?! Not many of my friends calculate and spend a monthly amount within that month. Rather, we tend to shop according to seasons or save up for pricier purchases. So, how much do YOU spend on clothing in a season? That brings up something that was challenging for me in Houston: there are no seasons! Not like in Canada anyway, so I lost my shopping circadian rhythm. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!) Nonetheless, I like this budget recommendation because I am way under budget and that makes me feel like I’m winning at life.
What pieces did I buy while thrifting this year?
Before I reveal my final tally, let me share some factors which affected my spending. Firstly, I did a fair bit of online thrifting. I shopped on ThredUp, the biggest online thrift shop, as well as Poshmark, which is like an online personal consignment store, and Swap.com. The convenience of online thrifting is ah-mazing (hello thrifting in bed!) but the price point tends to be a bit higher – still better than regular retail but higher – so that drove up my cost per piece. Here are a few examples…
Aside from the online thrifting, I bought a few higher priced items…
So there you have it. A handful of pricey purchases online and in person, and your bottom line goes through the roof! Just kidding, it wasn’t through the roof but it wasn’t my most frugal year!
My annual thrifting budget was…
Drum roll please…
I bought a total of 218 pieces for $1341.23 which works out to an average cost of $6.15 per piece.
Gulp! That’s the highest total since my second year of thrifting… (or, if you’re paying attention, it’s actually the highest ever when you factor in US dollars!) Still, my closet could handle the influx and my pocketbook was just fine. If we think monthly, that’s around $112 per month; if we think seasonally, that’s about $335 per season.
Should I cheer or cry? Would you cheer or cry?! Let me know (gently) in the comments!
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