*Week 8 of My Great Shopping Plan of 2010, where I attempt to stay on a budget and fill out my wardrobe*
Since I didn’t really focus much on filling up any wardrobe gaps last week, I felt that I should use the last $43 of my budget money (er, birthday money from February) on something that would fill a gap, something that could be useful at my new job. And then the most amazing eBay deal ever fell into my lap.
J Crew Super 120s Blazer
$40!!!!!!! on eBay
Gap filled: High quality blazer
Yes, that really says $40. Yes, those really are the original tags. A brand stinkin’ new J Crew blazer. These things are $238 on the website people. I could not believe that I got this. J Crew blazers rarely show up on eBay, and when they do the price usually gets bid up beyond my range, or they aren’t in my size. But I was the only person who bid on this one. Wow. Albeit, the extra pocket flap is a bit weird, and it’s a bit longer than I prefer. But even after I pay my tailor to fix those problems, it will still be less than half the original price. Now I just have to find a J Crew Super 120s pencil skirt in charcoal in my size at a reasonable price.
I was also the lucky recipient of two wonderful gifts this week. Two months ago, I saw Jen of Jen Lovs Kev wearing an adorable robot necklace from ModCloth, and I immediately wanted it. I sent my boyfriend a link telling him it was what I wanted for my birthday, and dropped constant hints about how much I would like a robot necklace. Then, it sold out on ModCloth before he had the chance to order it, and I was so sad. I resigned myself to not getting a robot necklace. And then my super-smart boyfriend did a search on Etsy, and found a necklace almost exactly the same as the one on ModCloth. I don’t think it really counts as homemade, but I don’t care because it’s freakin’ awesome. It shipped from the Philippines, so I just now got it this week. Love.
Robot Necklace from Love Spell Jewels on Etsy
Gap filled: Super awesome robot necklace
I also received a lovely gift from Kate of A Tale of Two Closets. I met up with her a few weeks ago when she was in Florida, and gave her a skein of my hand-spun yarn. She sent me a lovely thank you note, and included a bracelet from her mom’s Etsy shop. Thanks Kate!
Rainbow bracelet from Accidental Artists
Gap filled: Stone bracelet
So I had $3 of b-day money left at the end of March. Since I’m starting a new job, I’m raising my budget next month from $125 to $175 to spend on clothes. I’m going to try to focus on beefing up my working wardrobe.