The answer: Goodwill.
I am so spoiled by shopping at Goodwill that I can hardly make myself purchase clothing from anywhere else. Yes, you do sometimes have to search hard for those true “finds” (as we call them)… those hidden gems. But, I enjoy the hunt, and it has been SO worth it through the years.
My pocketbook isn’t one that can blow a lot on new outfits. My taste and my life right now, however, are! I live on a farm, teach fiddle lessons, dress nicely to go to town, dress up to go to church, and am a member of a bluegrass band. Oh, and there has also been the very occasional formal event in my life.
- Farm/Chore Clothes
- Everyday (at home/teaching) Clothes
- Church Clothes
- Performance Clothes
- 2 or 3 Formal Gowns
Aside from the formal gowns, these are all clothes that I wear frequently. One of the great things about shopping at Goodwill (and other thrift stores) is that, if it wears out, you can replace it with something different for only a few bucks. If you get tired of it, donate it, and spend $5 on something new.
As a young woman, shopping for myself now, I’m trying to learn how to spend wisely. I am also trying to raise my standards for everyday fashion. These aren’t incompatible goals!
Raise your standards, lower your budget. Go thrifting. 🙂