The First Sweater

Thursday, 10 January 2019

The purpose of this blog is to document my journey into being more "intentional" with my discretionary spending habits aka shopping. As part of this journey, I want to do more thrifting because its about being smarter not just richer or working harder. Why pay full retail price for an item that I can get in like new condition for much less?

It's taken me 10 years to get comfortable with the concept of thrifting. I was initially really grossed out by the idea of wearing other people's clothes. My mindset changed when I realized that some of the items I donate to thrift stores are brand new, washed once or like new.

Why not, I reasoned, look for clothes that have been donated by people like me: remorseful serial shoppers! 

So that's what I've been doing and yesterday I bought my first sweater.

How can you tell a sweater is worth buying in a thrift store?

Here's what I looked at.
Condition of label: still lies flat. Not curled up from multiple cycles in the dryer.
Collar: Still maintains its shape and elasticity
Armpit: Quick, discrete sniff test to ensure no lingering personal odors
Trusted brand: I've bought many a Tommy Hilfiger sweater over the years and it's a brand I like for cotton sweaters that fit my style. I have noticed that their sweaters shrink after washing and have been looking shorter and shorter on me; so I was quite happy to see that my purchase was longer than normal. 

And like that, the First Sweater is thrifted. $7 out of pocket! Hoping for more good buys like this.

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