Thursday, January 12, 2017

How Thrifting Has Helped This Family of Four Stay on Budget!

Hello Luvs,

Thought I would share with you another way I've found to keep our budget in line. I won't kid ya, the kids have been a bit hesitant when it comes to fully embracing a thrifting/recycle minded mindset. Not only are you donating items to help a specific cause. In North Carolina it was PTA Thriftshops because they donated money to local schools. I would occasionally visit a Goodwill location and sift through their $1.49 bin. I was amazed by the beauties I found there.
Dress $1
Earrings- $.25
Shoes- $3


Fav summer hat- $1.99
Before explaining just how helpful thrift shops have been I should explain a little of my history. When I was younger our family did not have a lot of money. Well, we didn't really have any. Many of the items I would wear would be bought second hand or were donated to the church we attended. At the time I did not really think of the recycling (less environmental impact) bit of the equation. I thought (as a tween and teenager) more about the fact that others would come to school wearing their new clothes that they got for Christmas or for back to school. That wasn't my reality. Ultimately it was what it was. However, I had something happen in high school that sort of ignited my love for vintage and thrifting (MOST importantly FASHION...). There was a gift exchange that I had to take part in. Unfortunate that the class was made to...but in the end it worked out for me. Ya see, I had an ivory silk two-piece cropped tank top with matching jacket that I had picked out from the church bin. I thought it was really cute but had not worn it yet. I decided to give it to the other student as part of my exchange, so I washed it and wrapped it in a paper bag with a ribbon I found in our junk drawer. She opened it and loved it. She wore it regularly and often. I knew it would work for her, but I was afraid the previously used part of it would be an issue. It was then that I recognized my gift. Well, didn't fully recognize....but there was something. Something that brought home the fact that you don't have to spend much to look good and feel comfortable in your own skin. That was a wonderful eye opener!

Boots- $5 or 7
Tights- $5.99
Slip- $1
Dress- $5
I briefly went though a phase when I started working where I would buy everything under the sun if it looked cute on me. Growing up without money then having it can play tricks on you. luckily that phase did not last long. 


Parasol- $3
Tank- $1
Shades- $2
Bag- $5
Earrings- $1.99
I went to a party that changed the projectile of my life. I met Blanca Apodaca. We hit if off right away and she invited me to join a jam session with some people she knew. That friend invited another and before you knew it we formed Milk n' Honey with those musicians. While starting to find my identity as a musician my love for thrifting was ignited and it has never gone out. In fact, it burns even brighter now.

I went to a party that changed the projectile of my life. I met Blanca Apodaca. We hit if off right away and she invited me to join a jam session with some people she knew. That friend invited another and before you knew it we formed Milk n' Honey with those musicians. While starting to find my identity as a musician my love for thrifting was ignited and it has never gone out. In fact, it burns even brighter now.


Dress- $5
Sandals- $4.99
Earrings- $1.99
As the years have gone by they have received some things from cousins but mostly I wanted to thrift. I know what works for them, it kept our never-ending budget in check, and they lacked for nothing (we often discusses want versus need). We had financial set backs (just like a high percentage of people in his country!), but we weathered them. Once they were in the latter part of elementary school they started to notice what others around them had. Neither Josh nor I are materialistic. When it comes down to it we feel it is a waste to have children outgrow things so quickly and not figure out a way to help others who are also trying to clothe their own. Their friends would comment on my style (in a positive way....could you believe it!) and 95% of what I own are pieces I thrifted. The label is not the important thing. I love vintage and patterns. The quality that went into clothing fifty years ago is unparalleled. I wish I could tell the people who made these items just how much I appreciate them and what they did.....and that it is still around bringing someone joy!
Necklace- gifted
Dress- $5

With downsizing I have kept things that really mean something and will hold up over time. Of course, anyone who follows this blog or me on one of my social spots (to the right) knows that I LOVE both shoes and bags. I donate and find others that I adore. Right now I have worn my yellow converse everyday since grabbing them at Savers. Savers was the spot in Orange County, CA (MnH days) and carried on in Quebec City, Quebec, and STILL at our new home State of Nevada. The difference now is that both Jalen and Myles are onboard.


Lipstick- $2.98
Earrings- $.99
Jalen has gone the minimalist route and so she needs a few things that are what she adoringly refers to as her staples. Myles has gone from sports pants to jeans. He loves Levi's but if they fit his long very thin legs he will give them the chance even if they are not. Yesterday Savers was selling all items (no matter what dept) with a silver tag for $2. We picked up a few needed items for that price and it didn't hurt our budget. So, instead of buying pants from a massive retail chain for $14.99-39.99 we generally get them for $3.99-5.99. Sometimes we get them for even less. I look for those that are in good shape and are made well. When you find something that is priced so reasonably you know that when they outgrow them in a few months it is not a hardship to replenish what they need.

*Sidenote- at Savers when you donate items they give you a card with they hole punch at 5% for every bag. It caps off at 30%. Add to the the fact that they usually have a tag sale with a specific color being 50%off. Now.....don't try to combine those...it not happenin'! That makes buying there an easy decision. They take clothing, accessories, furniture, housewares, books, dvds, sporting goods and more.
Sunglasses- $4
Earrings- $.99


Jacket- $4.99
Hoodie- $4
Hoops- $.25
To give you an example of how much you can save....if I went to the local chains and tried to buy a week's worth of clothing (we all have that amount in order to last through boondocking (for that time) if needed. Of course....I have more than a week's worth. I'm not fooling anyone! Anyhow...I would easily spend $500 to $700 and can be even more if any of the items are a pricey label. Doing the same while thrifting would be (at the VERY MOST) $120 total. That....Luvs.... is significant. Tell me that doesn't ring AAAMMMAZZZIIIIIING!

Remember this the next time you pass by a thrift store in a small town or in your city. There...waiting for you....are designer labels, vintage goodies, comfy sleepwear, shoes with little wear, and much more. Buy the items, clean them, then make them yours. Whether or not you like to mix patterns, go monochromatic, or somewhere in the middle you can feel comfortable that you are not spending too much and being part of a recycling and
environmental state of mind. Budget does not mean that you can't wear things you love and express your own personal style! 
Converse- $6.99 (with 30% off)
Tights- $5
Dress- $5












Til next time,

Kat

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