Sale shopping and the striped tee

Minimalism has made me a far fussier shopper. I shop a lot less but more intentionally than I used to. Shopping for me now looks like this:

  • I go shopping with a list
  • It’s usually to fill a specific gap in my capsule wardrobe
  • I have fewer things to shop for
  • My goal of quality over quantity seems normal now
  • My clothes last longer anyway
  • I know my personal style so make fewer mistakes (not no mistakes though! – sadly)

This brings me to an experience I had last weekend …..

Those of you who are familiar with my blog will know of my weakness for stripes! At the beginning of the summer, I looked for a striped tee – but I had certain criteria. I wanted it to be white, with navy stripes and made of good quality cotton, that would wash well and last.

I never found it. I found loads of striped tops, many on sale, but they didn’t fit my criteria, so I never bought one.

2017-09-03 Striped topI gave up looking and of course, once I had done that, I found it! Now, I know it’s not thrilling to look at but this tee ticked all the right boxes for me. While I originally wanted it for my summer capsule, it will also make a great transitional piece for my autumn capsule.

It is a lovely cotton, fits well, not too expensive and I know I will get a lot of wear out of it.

So, I went to pay for it. The sales assistant told me it had just gone on sale but he hadn’t had a chance to mark it down yet and he charged me the sale price.

Now, this is my kind of sale shopping. I was willing to pay the full price as it was just what I had been looking for. It’s too easy – for me anyway – to be swayed by a sale item as at first glance, it looks better value for money. But the amount of clothing I bought on sale, that used to hang in my wardrobe, untouched by human hand, was shameful. Sale shopping is not a cheaper way to shop if you don’t wear the clothes – duh! It took me ages to work that one out!

This blog is about my journey to a simpler life with minimalism being the best tool at my disposal. And I make SO many mistakes. But I feel this has been a small victory. I turned down many sale items over the summer because they weren’t right. I wouldn’t have done that before. And this tee is perfect for me – the fact that it was on sale was a bonus – but it wasn’t the driver for me to purchase it.

Baby steps! Have a great week 🙂

  4 comments for “Sale shopping and the striped tee

  1. September 17, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    I am laughing because I probably spent close to two hours by myself in a small second-hand shop last weekend. After multiple trips to the dressing room and multiple salespeople asking if they could help me, I walked out with a chambray button-up and a wooden bangle. But, when we know what we want, we know what we want, right?

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    • September 17, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      Now, that’s what I call conscious consumerism!! Fair play to you. You knew what you wanted and you weren’t swayed by anything else. Rather than buying ‘stuff’ that may not have been for you in the long run, you left with two pieces that you obviously love and will wear. You are my heroine!!! Lxx

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  2. September 4, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Thanks for reading and following 😀 Your sister sounds very sensible 😎 Lxx


  3. brian murray
    September 3, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    another fine piece of advice minimal Lol. ! You remind me of my sister !

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