March 16, 2013

Talking Shop

Let's take a minute and talk shopping, shall we?

Lately I've been bad...well in an addicted and cannot help myself kind of way.  Look at this:

Okay, but before you think I'm out of control, let me just say that most of the items in this photo I got for free...yes, no money out of my pocket, but that is a story for a different day.  Plus this was bought over a couple months.  And for the record, I almost never spend over $50 on any item.

While I hate to spend much money on any item, I have to say that I was raised to believe "you get what you pay for."  While I love a good deal, I sometimes find the quality and fit of the cheaper retailers leaves something to be desired.  Do I shop there, sure, but only for certain clearance items.  I find a lot of what you find at say Target and Old Navy are great for one season.

Since I cannot seem to help my addiction to shopping, I've decided that I'm going to try to focus on basic, classic, and timeless items that I can wear over and over again.  I know that I would not follow a self-imposed spending freeze, but I'm hoping that if I focus on building the basics in my closet, I will spend less money over time.

So what is my plan you ask?  I joined Stitch Fix.  It's a personal shopping service.  You fill out a style and sizing survey.  Then you can order a box to be sent whenever you want.  It isn't an automatic thing.  So you can just do it when you have some extra money to spend on clothes, which is ideal for me.  You pay $20 to receive a box with 5 items in it.  You get to try them on and see how you like them for three days.  Then you send back what you don't like in a prepaid envelope.  If you buy something from your box, the $20 you paid goes toward that item.  So as long as you like one item it's a no lose situation.  If you decide to keep all the items you get them at a 25% discount.  The only downside that I can see is that the items are a bit more expensive than the stores I mentioned above, but from what I've seen of other people's fixes, they are high quality and timeless pieces.  I love the idea of personalized selections and more boutique styles.  My first fix is coming next week.  I'm super excited and have high hopes of some classic pieces.  I hope I'm not disappointed.  I'll update when I try everything on.

If you'd like to sign up you can go HERE.  There is a little bit of a wait list, but it only took about two weeks for me to move off the wait list.  If you have any questions, just ask me.


Nicole said...

This is a cool service. I hope you will share with us the contents of your box and if you felt it was worthwhile. I'm new to all these "boxes", like BirchBox and such. I don't quite understand how they work :) I also have to agree with you about quality versus quantity. I'd rather have fewer of the pieces that last a long time than trendier pieces.

Susannah said...

Stitch fix seems like a wonderful program! I'm excited to see what you get. :-)

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