Latin, the appearances of things are deceptive.
In this case, I’m rejoicing over saved money — something that’ll serve as a great reminder for the years to come.
When one typically shops for work separates, one can end up spending anywhere from 200-2000 dollars on a suitdress, trousers, pencil skirts, and a few blouses (this isn’t even including layers, hose, shoes, and extra blazers).
Go thrift-shopping in a major metropolitan area and you’ll be able to get great finds, simply because some rich people are just plain wasteful. But hey! As long as bottom-scratchers like me are there to sift through the elite garbage and keep it from going into a landfill, s’all good. The top-down system works (isn’t that how fashion works? Watch the Devil Wears Prada if you’re confused).
Today I went to the Goodwill in Roxbury, which has a reputation of having good-quality, brand-name clothing — you only have to sift through all the sizes and colors. (It’s connected to the primary distribution and sorting center, I believe, which makes its selection considerably better).
What did I see (and not buy)? Plenty of Calvin, Anne Klein, Banana Republic, fancy shoes, etc etc. It’s true to its reputation.
What did I end up getting? (With estimated minimum retail price)
Etienne Aigner, black leather pumps with a square toe — est. $200
Ann Taylor, tan and brown leather brogue-style square toe flats — est. $75
H&M, grey cap-sleeve polyester-blend work dress with attached belt — est. $30
H&M, grey polyester-blend suit pants — est. $40
14th and Union, maroon pocket cardigan — est. $40
Talbots, fuschia pencil skirt — est. $90
Bleyle, mid-length, pleated wool skirt made in America — est. $50
Perry Ellis, brown hues 100% cotton blouse with sideswept collar — est. $50
Ann Taylor, 100% silk striped navy blouse — est. $85
TOTAL : $660
Let’s take that down by 25% because not all of the clothes are like new (actually, it’s only one pair of shoes that’s a bit scuffed, but other than that everything else is in great condition. But to risk overinflation, let’s give it a generous cut).
Reduced total: $495
I spent…. $45. Including tax. (Goodwills in Boston have a 25% off discount with a student ID!!)
I spent less than 10% of retail price — possibly CONSIDERABLY more.
Today is a good day. And everything I bought is work-separate appropriate. FORGET going to even a smaller retail chain like F21 or H&M — $45 could at best get me a good number of basics or two new, freshly stocked blouses (or less!).