Shopping Plan: Weeks 1 & 2

February 1st marked the beginning of my Great Shopping Plan of 2010 (which is really just a budget, but calling it “Great Shopping Plan” makes it seem so much more fun).  At this point, I’m allowed to spend $125 a month on clothes, focusing on (but not limited to) shopping local, second-hand, and handmade.  I also created a list of 50 wardrobe gaps to concentrate on this year.

So how did I do the first two weeks?

One of my favorite places to shop is Revolve Clothing Exchange.  As I’ve mentioned before, you can bring in your clothes that you don’t want anymore and get store credit for items that they accept (thus the Exchange part).  I had a nice bit of store credit after a recent closet cleaning, so I got a few things.

Gap Denim Jacket  $12 (free with store credit)
Gap filled: Structured Jacket

Sparkly Rampage Vest  $10 (free with store credit)
Gap filled: Sparkly Awesomeness

Salmon tank: The Limited $4
Blue tank: Target $4
Seafoam cami: Old Navy $6

Gaps filled: Layering tanks/camis

Okay, I realize that Sparkly Awesomeness wasn’t technically on my gaps list.  But I have been wanting something sparkly for awhile, and this vest is just so awesome and unique (and polyester-free!) that I had to go for it.  This counts under my provision of buying things that I love.

Since February is my birthday month, Anthropologie sent me a lovely coupon for 15% off my total purchase.  Armed with a bit of early birthday money, I went to my local Anthro ready to shop.  I ended up being a bit disappointed, because several of the items I really liked had more than 50% polyester content, which is unacceptable to me, especially at Anthro’s price point.  I’ve always loved Anthro for their quality fabrics, and it really concerns me that they’re starting to use more and more polyester, yet still charging the same prices.  If I’m going to spend $88 on a blouse, it better be cotton, modal, silk or linen.

Anyhow, gripes aside, I managed to find some gems:

15% b-day discount included)
Catch and Release Scarf: $28
Road Tripping Belt: $33
Blouse: $34 (on sale)

Gaps filled: Blue scarf, waist cinching belt

I really love the things I bought.  I’ve been eyeing this belt since it went online, and I really needed a black waist-cinching belt.  I’ve also really been wanting a light blue scarf, and this one is really cozy and delightfully unique.  The blouse doesn’t really fill any gaps, but it looks gorgeous on, and will definitely be a staple in spring and summer.

So, everything I bought at Revolve was on store credit, so it doesn’t count against my budget.  I spent $95 at Anthro, and $50 of that was birthday money, so only $45 count against my monthly budget of $125.  That leaves me with $80 for the rest of the month.  Not too bad.

ETA:  Because some were interested, the items that I skipped out on at Anthro were the Rivers Rise Top and the Percussive Cardigan.   It really is a shame, because both items looked gorgeous on, but I just can’t stand the feeling of polyester against my skin.


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10 Responses to Shopping Plan: Weeks 1 & 2

  1. Mary says:

    Looks like you did really well with your shopping plan this month! I especially love the vest– what a great find!
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Oopsie Mamushka! =-.


  2. I love all of your new things! Especially the jean jacket and Anthro scarf.
    .-= The Ckoset of Kim, Kim´s last blog ..Life Interrupted =-.


  3. I am inspired by your shopping plan. Great job getting so much this month on store credit!


  4. Winnie says:

    That yellow bag is such an awesome colour!
    .-= Winnie´s last blog ..Nautical, New Year & New Look. =-.


  5. goldenmeans says:

    I’m such a fan of your fill-the-gaps shopping plan, it’s so sensible and smart! I think you picked up some terrific “gap fillers” for a bargain (and I admit I totally laughed out loud at the sparkly awesomeness gap 😉 ). If only I could follow such a plan, but then I’d have to self examine and realize that I need to stop buying dresses like they are candy, and that would be no fun 🙂

    I like your Anthro buys (of course :), but I admit I’m with you on disliking the increase in synthetic fibers while prices seem to be rising. So sad. Which things did you like but end up having to pass on?


  6. Nina says:

    I wish we had Revolve Clothing Exchange in Manila?! That would save me so much money! Love all your picks!
    .-= Nina´s last blog ..Acid Wash and Patent Shoes and the Princess Award =-.


  7. katrina says:

    i’m in love with all the bright yellow accents in your wardrobe posts (sweater, now: purse).

    i admire how organized you are with shopping and money. enjoy your new things!
    .-= katrina´s last blog ..Baker’s Bliss =-.


  8. Clare says:

    I love the filling of the sparkly awesomeness gap!
    .-= Clare´s last blog ..Your Looks are Laughable =-.


  9. eyeliah says:

    great work, you are being so smart about spending.
    .-= eyeliah´s last blog ..Gabriel =-.


  10. alechia says:

    I really loved the jean jacket as well!!! Awesome find.
    .-= alechia´s last blog ..Proofread More Languages =-.


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