Tuesday, October 25, 2011

day 25: a top 10 find + why I shouldn’t have bought it {31 days of thrifting}

I can’t tell you how excited I was to stumble upon one of my
top 10 all-time favorite finds:
a brand new lambskin leather jacket with the tags still attached for only…
five whole dollars.
$5. Seriously.
I nearly fainted when I saw it. We were on a girl’s thrifting weekend in Dallas, and I was on cloud nine after finding this perfect Kensie motorcycle jacket.
I had been looking for a black or brown leather coat for a while, and couldn’t find any that I liked for a reasonable price {$100 or less}. Every thrift store I went to wanted at least $30 for used, ratty leather coats. I had just about lost hope, but somehow I stumbled across this beauty at the end of a rack, and right behind it were the ugly PVC imitations for $10 or more!
It was a little too big for me in the arms and it was white, but I was not going to let that stop me from buying it. It’s resale value would be at least $40 or more, so I could make a nice profit if I sold it.
But I decided to keep it for myself and have it altered just a little to fit me. The cost for tailoring it was $20. They did a great job, and I have a beautiful leather coat for only $25!
A beautiful white leather coat…
that I never wear.
I just can’t bring myself to wear it. It’s lovely, and I want it to stay that way. I’m afraid I’ll mess it up, so I’ll go for a different one every time.
I knew I wanted a dark one, and I ended up finding a great deal on a black one I loved later on. One I can toss around and not die if the kids accidentally wiped ketchup hands on it.
But for now, the white beauty sits in my closet waiting to be worn. I probably should have resold her immediately, or not bought it in the first place.
Which leads me to a very important rule you need to know about thrifting.
thrifting tip #15:
just because it’s a great find doesn’t mean you should buy it.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “I saved so much money I’m broke?”
That’s kind of the idea- if your amazing find will not profit you or be useful to you, or if you aren’t sure of it’s purpose, or even if you really like it at all- don’t buy it.
Please don’t buy it.
This is true of almost anything, but I’ve found it’s especially true in purchasing clothing.
If you buy a great high-end blouse that doesn’t fit just right for $4, and never wear it even once, then end up donating 6 months later, you’ve just wasted $4 of your money.
If you don’t love it or have a purpose for it, you probably don’t need it. Take that $4 you nearly spent and save it or give it to a great cause. You won’t regret it. :D

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