Let’s talk about conscious shopping. Since clearing out my closet there are some gaps. There were gaps before. I just didn’t have any space for those items. There are some key pieces that I really want to add to my wardrobe, that are just style workhorses. A simple shirt dress, a striped shift dress, an adult sweatshirt, a white linen shirt, and a couple more button ups.
Often times when you read about capsule wardrobe creation it does involve shopping. And I knew there would be things I wanted to shop for, but I am trying to be more conscious about not only quality of what I buy, but also where it is coming from. At this moment in my life ethical fashion is of great interest to me, but baby steps because a lot of ethical clothing brands also are really really expensive. And I’m on a strict budget, and it’s only going to become more strict.
I’m going a little bit of a different route. Instead of buying new, I am looking for these pieces from gently used sites, such as Poshmark, Thredup, Ebay.
Honest truth Thredup reminds me of my consignment store where there is so much to sift through that finding a gem can be tiring, although I do like that you can sort by brand, but I also have found that things can be kind of overpriced. I don’t consign with Thredup because I can’t make as much money from them. Thredup can be frustrating at times, if you really want to shop Thredup, use the filters and sort by brands that you know you like, this really helps narrow things.
Lately my go to has been Poshmark. I like Poshmark because you have a little more freedom with pricing, sometimes sellers offer discounts on bundles of items in their closet, or you can negotiate price, I often times negotiate bundle pricing too. I follow other Poshers who have similar wardrobe tastes to mine as well, which I also like. Poshmark also lets you narrow by your size, and brand. Negatives about Poshmark, unless you are buying multiple items from the same seller the shipping can really add up. It’s 6.95 flat rate on anything below 5lbs. So if you are buying from multiple sellers that really starts to multiply. If you can find a closet you really like and bundle items this can help a lot. Some Poshers are also willing to negotiate outside of Poshmark and will bill through Paypal and ship the items at a lower price to you. But the business model for Poshmark also gives you some buyer protection, so for me the shipping cost is worth it. The other negative, but really isn’t a negative just a bummer is that some sellers really price things too high, at least for used clothing in my opinion. I’m not one to pay $39 for a used dress that does show signs of wear, I really can’t see myself spending more than $15 especially if the brand is more of a mid range priced brand to begin with.
eBay can be a good place to find quality used items as well, especially if you are looking for something really particular, like a skirt you saw in a magazine that is now sold out. I have found very specific items for a good price on eBay. I especially like it when a seller is offering Fast & Free shipping or has the option to make an offer.
So, although I have not put myself on a shopping freeze yet, I will be starting September 1 and lasting through to January 2018. After this time my shopping needs should be fulfilled by hitting up these sites for gently used items.