Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Banned: Shop No More

Alright. Here is goes. For real this time, starting today, I begin another shopping ban. I have a fully loaded closet with at least 40% never before worn stuff (Yes, I'll admit to stock piling). An arsenal of well edited shoes that make me and my feet feel fabulous. Christmas is only a handful of days away, usually bringing more clothes, giftcards and is swiftly followed by my birthday. My goals for this ban:
  1. To remix my closet to the best of my ability. Trying out new combinations and permutations. And remind myself why I loved the pieces I bought in the first place.
  2. To save money that I would otherwise spend on shopping that is not always necessary, frequently emotional, and hopefully have the funds available to move.
  3. Relearn self control. I went from a person who agonized over buying a $10 dress or $4 pair of thrifted pants, but can now drop money on a new pair of shoes without blinking. 
  4. To indulge in crafting with materials I already have acquired or acquire at thrifty prices.
It will be hard going cold turkey, but like I said, I have a good store of things squirreled away and great gifts from friends that have yet to be worn. It'll be like going shopping every time I open my closet. I will also be utilizing my blog to its best advantages. I will be crafting. I will be hosting Fashion Challenges, which everyone is welcome to join in on.

 Have you ever had to go on a clothing shopping ban? Any tips or tricks to curbing the urge? I'll definitely be taking notes from this post by Sal of Already Pretty who is also in a similar shopping slow down. I don't have time defined limit on this ban, but I'm also hoping that as the winter season comes to a close, I will assess my winter-wear, remove worn out pieces and happily reunite with my summer storage.

16 comments:

  1. Good luck, my dear, and thanks for the shout-out!

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  2. Good luck to you. I kind of came to the same conclusion yesterday, but then today went out and bought a new sweater. I realized that although I like new (& new to me) clothes most of the things I have now have never been seen on my blog, so they will be new to everyone else. I can only try day by day to stop buying more stuff. I wish you success!

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  3. Good luck and show us your creative re-mixings!!

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  4. Good luck! I think my biggest tip is to avoid stores you normally shop at. If you don't go there you can't buy anything...and if you shop online I'd avoid the websites to and delete store emails before opening them.

    Cant wait to see your new items and remixes of old!

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  5. When I say I can't shop I find myself wanting to shop, so what I try to do is just avoid it without officially going on a shopping ban. I am up for any remix challenges :)

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  6. I think you'll be successful if you re-focus from buying new stuff to exploring your existing closet. That attitude, which you're expressing, will probably meet your emotional and practical needs. Good luck!

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  7. I'm on my own little shopping detox plan right now, so I know where you're coming from. I'd agree that staying out of stores/off websites/away from my email is helping, but so is talking about how I'm not shopping for awhile. All of the time.

    I think my husband is getting tired of hearing about it, but at least it keeps me honest, I guess... :)

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  8. As someone who's been on a year-long shopping challenge to curb her spending, I can definitely feel where you're coming from. I have been debating starting a new challenge in 2012, possibly a budget limit per month one.

    I hope the book I sent you (I mailed it on Monday) will help you re-make and alter some of your existing clothing that hasn't been inspiring you! It just screamed "Megan!" to me and made me itch to start ripping apart my own clothes...except for the fact that I'm really bad at sewing. I did read through it pretty thoroughly, and I know you can do every single one!

    Anyway, a bit ramble-y here, but you know I'm one of your biggest supporters! Go, Megan!

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  9. Good luck my dear! You know I'm a failure at shopping bands. I'm like Eek. If I say it's a ban I want to shop so, I go on a silent ban and try not to go shopping or ebaying. :0p

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  10. You can do it! I believe you! I promise I will keep my thrifting finds on the downlow so you don't get jealous!

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  11. Aww good luck! I'm sure you can do it! I guess my advice would be to unsubscribe from emails from your favourite shops since it is really hard to resist ridiculously low sales prices!

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  12. I tried to do GAAD last year, and somehow it just made me more shoppy. I am tempted to try to do it again this year, because my closet is much better edited now and full with things I actually like. Good luck!

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  13. Good luck! I am in the same boat as you. My closet is full, but I shop due to my emotions, not out of necessity. I will be rooting for you and hopefully I can learn some things from you and not shop either :) Heather

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  14. Good luck! You're so creative with your wardrobe, I know you'll do great. Do you really have 40% of your closet devoted to unworn stuff? That's like shopping without spending any money! I've never done a shopping ban longer than a 30 for 30 (1 month). I think your idea of re-evaluating your winter clothes at the end of the season is a good idea.

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  15. Good luck! I think the key is avoid, avoid, avoid! If you get emails from shops or places like Gilt, just unsubscribe or delete them without opening them! You can do it!

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  16. Way to go! I just finished my own shopping ban yesterday - though I'm still kind of on it because of my birthday next week and Christmas too, but I just did a month long ban as I'm trying to save up for a Smartphone (or I guess to see if I cut down on my shopping if I can afford it). And I agree with what others said, what helps most is avoiding! Stay out of the stores if you can help it! You can do it! I'll watch for your challenges, they sound like they could be fun! :)

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