Friday, September 27, 2013

My Passion for (Cheap) Fashion

I love clothes in fact I'm buying a new dresser for all the clothes that I have. But with my passion for fashion comes with a downside and that's money. Yes, clothes cost money and the money that I have goes to pesky little things like a roof over my head, water, electricity, you know those little things. The other thing my money goes to is food, another of my passions. I have a $500/mth fun money budget and believe it or not most of that ends up going to food. This is because if I buy food that's not a part of the family groceries it has to come from my purse. This should make me curb my eating out habit and it has, a bit. But clothes still cost money and I only have a set amount to spend a month, so what's a clothes horse girl to do?

#1: Never Buy Retail

That's right buy things on sale if you can. Shop at 'discount stores' like TJ Maxx and Marshalls. And lastly, but most importantly shop online (Ebay, Coupon Codes,etc).  

In the last month I've found a new (to me) online clothing shop where women sell their clothes...POSHMARK! OMG, why didn't anyone tell me about this sooner. I hate when you guys keep secrets for me. Poshmark is like Ebay mixed with Facebook, you get to browse Poshmarkers 'closets' and shop. Not only are the prices greatly reduced (even on some NWT items), but a lot of the women are down for trades and/ or bundling items for lower prices. So far I've already bought THREE dresses on Poshmark, one I'll be wearing for my Birthday so check Instagram for pics next wknd.
*You can check out My Poshmark Closet (more to come)

#2: Give Back 

I try to live by the philosophy of giving (at least) as much as I spend. Lately, I've been donating my clothes to ReThreads Textile Recycling Program. Materials collected through ReThreads are shipped to those in need in West Africa. And last week my friend LaMishia (awesome photographer) told me about Freecycle. Seriously have I had my head buried in the sand, first Poshmark and now Freecycle.  The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,116 groups with 5,347,383 members around the world. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.

I have a life philosophy in which I believe by giving back, I too will reap rewards. It's a good philosophy, go with it. And even if you don't reap a 'tangible' reward isn't doing something good its own reward?