Spend it wisely


sometimes when i'm shopping, i come upon a perfect item unexpectedly, and regret not waiting for it, lamenting the lack of space, need or money. sometimes there is a drought and i actually actively try to find something to want. while i may daydream about a huge shopping binge (provided by the perfect selection and the perfect lottery win, i think i'm most content picking slowly over the course of the year, which is what i do anyway. the one stand-out advantage to a binge is the idea/feeling of starting with all pieces equally fresh, new, appealing, wonderful and perfect. sometimes, layering a new perfect item over an older favorite elevates the senior piece, but sometimes it makes it pale in comparison.

which would you rather, have a giant shopping binge for the entire year, all at once, buying everything you think you need, and then that's it, for the whole year, or be only able to buy 2 items max. per month, for 12 months?

12 comments:

Gervy said...

the eternal conundrum, perfectly expressed by you, editor.

I love the idea of a big spree, but what if I was having an "off" day when I had to pick them all?! So in reality, I think I'd want the new clothing in installments.

Michelle said...

Two items per month, I think - I think it would increase the pleasure of adding new things to my wardrobe.

Iheartfashion said...

Two items per month, definitely. My needs and desires change as the year goes on, and what I want now may not be what I want 9 months from now.

editor said...

iheartfashion - but you do trust yourself to buy some items now, and expect to like them in 9 months. i'd choose the same as you, and gervy, and michelle, but it seems then that we're willing to gamble small, but not big?

Iheartfashion said...

No, actually. I've bought clothes thinking a season ahead and then never worn them by the time the weather was right. I'm working on buying more timeless pieces and trying not to succumb to every trend.

TravelGretta said...

I have no sense of time, and a very limited short-term memory, so I would have to do the 2 items per month thing (which I kind of already do...)

Sisty said...

Whoops, no naming names!

I am trying diligently to avoid buying anything made in China, not so much for political reasons but because it's usually cheaply made. This goes especially for handbags -- I'd rather get Italian or American bags at the consignment/thrift store than pay the three-figure prices that bags made in China can cost now.

Michelle said...

sisty - Labels that manufacture in China are trying to lower their costs or produce lower-priced goods in response to consumer demand by taking advantage of low labor costs in China (or South Asia, or SE Asia, fill in the blank). Something has to give if profits are maximized or costs are cut - and it's usually quality. Also, keep in mind that the raw materials (fabric, leather) often come from outside the country and are sent there for the manufacturing process. David Barboza of the NYT has done excellent reporting on the pressures on Chinese manufacturers by American companies to keep manufacturing costs low. This is part of a larger global economic equation rather than simply "Chinese goods are cheaply made."

Candid Cool said...

2 items per month, i need to spread it out...

La Belette Rouge said...

I have a master list of what I want for a year--so, if I could find everything on the list at once I would go for the spree. I doubt it could be done. So, I am going for two items a month.

landis smithers said...

oh that's easy for me.

two a month. it's my pace, and you know how sneaky stores are about parsing out the good stuff. nothing ever comes in complete in a season, and you ALWAYS find something else great after you've bought "all you need".

a. said...

oh, 2 per month, definitely. i am also of the fickle/extremely-short-attention-span/short-term memory ilk. i like iheartfashion have purchased items "ahead of time" (most often during winter sales thinking, "this will be perfect for next winter! and what a deal!") and then when the time rolls around, have found that said items don't fit me anymore, or are outdated, or even if they're not outdated i'm bored by them and want something new. and sometimes all of the above.

also, landis, you are so right about always finding something else great after buying what you think you'll need. so frustrating! but understandable, i guess, from the retailer's perspective...