Easter Haul: Staying Conscious In The Mist Of a Sale

When I go shopping, I always ask myself – will I wear this regularly? Even more importantly, I ask myself – what will I wear this with? Even if I love this piece of clothing, this shade of lipstick, or this pair of earrings, if I can’t foresee myself wearing this item right now -I won’t buy it. I only buy something because I love it.

Just because I have a gift card, doesn’t mean I should buy it. Just because it’s dirt cheap, doesn’t mean I should buy it. Today was a great example of this conflict. I have been doing quite a bit of shopping lately and I’m starting to notice how much consumerism can bother me. Spending money makes me feel guilty. Have you ever felt this way?

I admit, I’ve been stressed down to my bones due to life’s usual ups and downs, and retail therapy – wearing something new, really brightens my day!

Truly – minimalist or not, you should not feel guilty about treating yourself to something you love. Every once and a while, buy yourself something you love. It is a form of self-love. When we dress ourselves, we are loving ourselves and expressing ourselves too. When I wear a colorful floral top, or a bright shade of pink lipstick, I’m saying – hey! you know what? today I’m going to have a bright and colorful day.

Before I get anymore philosophical on ya –

Here is what I managed to snag off several $5 and $7 clearance racks!

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Floral print “swing” tops by Ambiance Apparel from Rainbow Shops, NYC. 
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Thick marble open-front cardigan (mid arm length) – brand unsure, Velvet elephant print (hippie, bohemian) wide-leg yoga pants by Hot Kiss. Super soft denim jeggings by Sapphire Red.
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Copy-cat perfume/body spray of Carolina Herrera fragrance.

 

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Wish.com – Product Review (Super Cute $4 Wallet!)

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Hey guys – so, yesterday, I also received this wallet in the mail from Wish.com! This is my first time ordering anything from this website, and I’m actually very pleased with the result. The wallet arrived in great condition ; all of the zippers work, no problems with the seams or anything. It’s a large, roomy wallet that can hold a ton of coins, cards, cash, and probably even your cell phone. There is also an additional pocket on the back as well. This is really a hold-all clutch.

Link to product here! It’s $4 + $1 shipping! Not a lot of places you can get such a cute wallet (with a coin pouch built in) for $5!

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Ultimate NYC Thrift Store Guide

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New York City is a shopper’s paradise regardless of how much money you can and/or are willing to spend. In fact, the best place to thrift shop is right here in the Big Apple. New Yorkers move from one apartment to another quite frequently, and it is very common for residents to de-clutter their apartments before moving. That clutter often ends up at Goodwill.

Here is a list of items you should definitely thrift for, along with a few tips in getting it done:

  1. While we’re on the topic of moving, thrift stores are a great place to start furnishing your apartment! Best items to purchase for the home: kitchenware, cookware and appliances. When we moved to this apartment, we bought a 2o cup, digital rice cooker/steamer (with tray) priced at $5 – Like new, still in the box and wrapped in plastic. Instead of purchasing an expensive dinnerware set from a department store, you can buy different pieces at a thrift store. Casserole dish and cupcake tin? Thrift it.
  2. Books! Contrary to popular belief, there are more than romance novels from the 90’s at Goodwill. You can find a great variety on children’s books, recent novels, and even textbooks.
  3. Cold weather clothing. Coats are very expensive indeed. Fact of the matter is, not many people wear the same coat for more than 1 season. In many cases, for children especially, they grow out of them. For many, winter coats are only worn for a few months out of the year, and that’s it.
  4. Baby and toddler clothing. We all know babies and toddlers go through sizes quickly – so it only makes the most sense to invest the least amount of money here.
  5. Entertainment and electronics. I’m talking speakers, headphones, keyboards, gaming headsets, DVD’s, CD’s, records, video games, ect. Now, there is always the possibility that the product will not work. This is why you should either 1. Ask if it is possible to test the item in store. 2. Make sure there is a return policy so if it’s damaged or not compatible with your systems, you can bring it back for a refund or store credit.

You can save upwards 90% by first looking in thrift stores for that item you’ve been searching for. Whether you’re after fashion or old records, there is a thrift store in this city that can accommodate your needs. Here is a list of the best thrift stores in NYC and what they specialize in. 

 

 

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