Since I'm not as big a shopper as Andréa, I tend to favor different stores than she does. She asked me to share my shopping tendencies.
Like Andréa, I like secondhand stores such as Salvation Army, Goodwill (although their prices aren't as good as Salvation Army), and Savers (I think they're only in New England) for super low prices, especially when shopping for something really basic like jeans. I get shopping fatigue really fast, however, so that kind of store can also be pretty overwhelming for me.
Unlike Andréa, I don't really like to shop at stores like TJMaxx and Marshalls, because they have that same overwhelming nature (crowded racks with all sorts of things on them), but their prices aren't as good as a thrift store.
Probably the stores that I enjoy shopping at the most are Old Navy, Target, and—slightly less—Kohl's, because those stores have decent prices and fairly basic stuff, but they also have organized racks so I don't have to look through every single item. Kohl's can get a bit crowded and messy, though.
I think I'm always trying to find a balance between easy shopping and finding a good bargain, because truly frugal shopping takes a lot of energy.
I live 8.5 hours from Andréa during the school year, so I hadn't gotten a chance to go to her favorite Salvation Army store until today. Stores like that tend to overwhelm me, but having Andréa and our older sister, Christy, there to help me look made it easier to find stuff. Unlike Andréa, I was looking for specific items: comfortable jeans, denim shorts, and maybe a fun skirt. We managed to find everything I was looking for.
My tally: 5 items for $22.
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Juliana is back from China now, so she was able to "shop" for her new wardrobe from the options I had picked for her. (For more background, you can read the original mission, see all the pieces I bought for her, and view the sample outfits from the options.) In addition to purchasing many items from among her options, Juliana also received some of the pieces as birthday gifts from me and my parents and snagged some hand-me-downs from me and my mom that match her new wardrobe color scheme.
Juliana's going back to school with a total of 25 items for $75.00 out of her pocket.
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My sister Juliana recently asked me to help her create a new coordinated wardrobe. I know that one of her problems has been finding pieces that she can mix & match without having to worry about if they clash. As an architecture student, her pieces need to be able to transition from class to studio to presentations to fun with minimal effort. To demonstrate just a few ways the 36 new pieces I picked up for her can be mixed, I threw together 3 no-fuss outfits.
Outfit #2 totaled $37.00: $10.00 for the sweater, $10.00 for the tank top, $12.00 for the shorts, and $5.00 for the sandals, all from TJMaxx.
Outfit #3 was just $19.00: $7.00 for the T-shirt and $12.00 for the shorts, both from Marshalls.
Make sure to check back to see Juliana's final wardrobe picks!
My sister Juliana recently asked me to help her get pretty much a whole new, coordinated wardrobe. (Read the details of the mission here.) She set me a budget of $100, but I know she likes to be able to pick from choices, plus it's hard to know exactly what will work for another person, so I went over budget, knowing that many items would be returned.
All in all, I spent just around $300 for 36 items, providing a plethora of wardrobe options.
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My younger sister, Juliana, has spent the past semester in China with a limited wardrobe. (After all, it had to fit in suitcases to go over there.) Some 7+ months of Chinese smog, travel on crowded mass transit, and frequent use has destroyed her wardrobe, and her baggage allowance on her flights home is practically nil. Therefore, she's tossing pretty much her whole China wardrobe, and is in need of a whole new one for the upcoming school year, her last in grad school.
Her basic requirements are as follows:
- All the pieces should work together — "I'm tired of not being able to figure out what matches what."
- Basic color scheme of black, white/cream, gray, and dark purple
- Total expense of approximately $100
The items she'd like to have in her new wardrobe:
- 2 tank tops — preferably scoop necks with thick straps, not spaghetti straps
- 1 or 2 basic short sleeve T-shirts
- 1 or 2 basic elbow-length or long-sleeve T-shirts
- 2 sweaters — "simple casual knit-type"
- 1 pair of "nice-ish" mid-thigh or knee-length shorts
- 1 or 2 pairs of coordinating flip-flops, not white
It's a tall order, but I think I can manage it. I wouldn't be known as my family's personal shopper if I couldn't!
Check back for updates on Juliana's new wardrobe.