No matter the plan... we all Blog to Lose!
After my sister gave me hand me down clothes I cleaned out my closet. It was pretty bare after that. I donated 3 big bags of clothes and I have an appointment with the consignment shop to consign some of the nicer things. I retired my last pair of work pants after I wore them to work with my husband's belt so that they wouldn't fall down (I don't even own a belt YET). I hit up my local Goodwill when I dropped of my donations and $100 later I have 3 pairs of work pants, 3 skirts, 2 sweaters and 5 tops. They were all name brands, Banana Republic, Ann Klein, Ann Taylor, Loft, The Limited, one Target skirt new with tags. I added up what it would have cost me, it would have been almost $700!!! So even though I was talking about how I'm saving for a new wardrobe I decided that I can use some of the money along the way when I need to, especially, if $100 gets me practically a new wardrobe! I still need some cardigans and belts, but I didn't luck out for any of those items. I couldn't believe that all but a couple things still had original tags on them. I got a skirt with the original tag of $254 but I paid 8.99. It was the only thing that didn't fit me perfectly. It's currently too small to button the top 2 buttons comfortably, but by the time I'm done it will either fit just right or maybe even be too big!
It's funny I used to be a big thrift shopper then I just got out of the habit. It is time consuming, and you have to be in the right mood for it but, there is also a thrill in the hunt for a gem and a deal. I learned in the past when I used to thrift that it can be a little too easy to accept something that doesn't fit right or suit me because of the low price. I was super picky if I didn't love it I didn't buy it, if it didn't fit right (other than the one inspiration skirt) the I didn't buy it. There's no reason why I wouldn't continue to shop this way when I'm at goal. I love how I can get exceptionally quality clothes (which I'm told lasts longer) for less than I'd spend at Wal-Mart or Target. Also I can consign these items as I shrink out of them. They will be sold for a slightly higher price at the consignment shop so I will most likely get back at least half of what I paid. So that extends the savings even more, which also means more spending money for the future wardrobe budget! And at this particular shop if I don't find something to use my credit on, then she will write me a check. Nothing like coming home with a new bag of duds and the husband asks how much you spent and you say nothing and sometimes have more money coming out than what you had going in!
I can't tell you all what an amazing confidence booster it has been to wear nice stuff that fits!!!! I'll have to post some pics when I get a minute. I did post my progress pics HERE from Live Fit. I went from a very tight size 10, probably should have been a 12, to a comfortable size 8. One of my new pairs of pants is actually a 6 but you know how some labels just do that so that women will buy their brand! Oh by the way the skirt that is too tight is an 8......?!