I have a confession to make. While cleaning out my closet a few weeks ago I donated several items with the tags still on them, never worn.
Can you relate?
Although this used to be a bigger problem for me, shopping was my comfort food, or I got swept up in the illusion of a “bargain” that I just couldn’t pass up.
I am much more intentional at how I make my purchases now, but I will sometimes fall back into bad habits.
Bargain shopping was something ingrained in me at a young age. If it wasn’t on sale, it wasn’t worth buying. Which led to finding great bargains, clothes that were such a great deal, that I couldn’t pass them up, even if I didn’t really LOVE them.
I ended up with lots of clothes in my closet I didn’t really love. I had lots of frustration getting dressed because I was getting great deals, but didn’t love the pieces I was buying and nothing ever made me feel amazing when I wore them.
Through a lot of trial and error, I learned that my money was better spent on a sweater I LOVED that wasn’t on sale, than a sweater that was okay, but a great bargain.
Because even if something is a “bargain” if I don’t wear it and end up donating it, it’s just like flushing money down the toilet.
The same can be said for those impulse pieces. I used to pick up a cheap top from Target or Marshalls every time I shopped. More often than not, I would wash those tops one time and they ended up misshapen or would shrink to the point that I couldn’t wear them. They were more adds to my donate pile.
A few years ago I made a huge choice to purchase quality over quantity.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still up for a good bargain, but I have to absolutely LOVE it on me.
So now, if I see a $70 blouse I LOVE, and it’s great quality, I’m going to buy it. I know I’m going to wear it for years and the quality of construction and fabric will hold over numerous washes.
It’s going to give me a lot more “bang for my buck” than a $15 or $20 top that I wear once and then end up donating.
I would love to know what you think! Are you team quality over quantity?