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.
I 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 🙂