musing in mint (30 days no shopping, day 30)

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Well, readers, I’m going to acknowledge that I bought these shoes on day 29 of my no-shopping challenge. In my defense, I had been looking for mint shoes for a long time and finally was able to find them. So, I feel okay about it, as I suspect these heels won’t be leaving my feet for a long time. And, as a result of not quite making it to day 30, I decided to add on an no-shopping extra week. I found that my budget really enjoyed not feeling stretched as a result of shopping, so I’m going to stick with it for a while. I also found myself enjoying looking through what I currently have and changing up some older pieces in my closet. I also had a great time making some jewelry (including the necklace pictured here) by re-purposing jewelry I didn’t wear much (see tip #1). Next on the challenge list? ….cleaning out my closet and separating out “keep” and “donate.” 

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Top: Gap ($6 marked down from $30)
Kimono: Nordstrom Rack (approx $10 marked down from approx $35)
Pants: Gap ($7 marked down from $60)
Necklace: made it! (cost was approx $2. Beads are from Joann’s and left-over necklaces that I don’t wear much)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I decided to look through my old jewelry and pull out some necklaces that I don’t wear too frequently. Once I had them pulled out, I started to pull them apart for the beads and charms. I was able to make two necklaces out of one necklace that I rarely wore, and still have extra beads to make a bracelet. This was a really fun challenge! Between Pinterest and YouTube, you can figure out how to make a ton of jewelry very easily, and very cheaply! Don’t forget that for basic jewerly supplies (like beading wire), you can always use coupons for Michael’s, Joann’s, and Hobby Lobby. All of them have apps and websites to print off coupons for generally 40-50% off any single item, basically every single day of the week. They also usually will accept “competitor” coupons, if you’re in a bind and can’t find a specific store coupon.
 
2)  I wanted to again share about my love of the online consignment group: Thred Up. You can buy clothes through them via consignment, and you can also “request a bag.” When you request a free bag, Thred Up sends you a bag, you put the clothes you would like to consign in it, you ship it back to them for free, they price out the items they think they can sell, give you the money, and then donate any clothes they don’t use. I think this is a great system for both consigning and donating clothes. So, if you’re in the mood for a pre-fall closet clean out, check them out: www.thredup.com
 
Anyone else have closet cleaning tips? Happy Tuesday, all! We’re almost at mid-week! Thanks so much for stopping by; I appreciate it so much!
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39 thoughts on “musing in mint (30 days no shopping, day 30)

  1. Yay! I don’t know whether to congratulate you on making it or laugh at the purchase made just a day before the end 🙂 Mostly, though, I have to agree that it’s okay to bend the rules for the perfect pair of mint shoes–they’re adorable!

  2. love the use of stripes & flower print together! and yay for another week of no-shopping (the lovely mint shoes are worth it!).

    but before you donate your old clothes/accessories, aren’t you thinking of making your own “garage sale”? and, like, ONLINE? 😀 😀 (hint: i may be interested to see your old stuffs… and i’m sure i’m not the only one!)

    • LOL Good point!! I feel like a lot of what I donate isn’t really things that people would want…but now that I’m thinking about it, it’s actually mostly just stuff that doesn’t fit me well! I will definitely look into a garage sale!! 🙂 xo!!

      On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM, The Fashion Huntress wrote:

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  3. Mint heels are a staple in any fashionista’s closet, and we’re proud of your good fashion judgement. Way to go crafty friend! We’re in love with your ‘new’ necklace.

    XOXO Nensi & Natasha

  4. Ok. So you’ve got me seriously thinking about this 30 day no shopping challenge. I’ve tried things like this before, but I honestly don’t know if I could make it! I can say though, that the shoes on day 29 were totally acceptable and worth it.

    Also, I have to ask how you’re liking Thread Up? Are you selling or just buying from them? I’m a huge fan of Poshmark and I’ve had great success not only selling a fair amount, but also making some pretty fantastic buys.

    XO

    • I know!! It was a great challenge and it really helped me budget way better 🙂 I agree, the mint shoes were worth it!

      I like Thred Up! I’ve done one bag thus far and am on my second one. I’ve talked to about five other people who also did it and had great experiences- so, I would say it’s definitely worth a go! I have not checked out Posh Mark but clearly need to!!! Xo

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