I left my place at 9am this morning (that is early for me) in search of a few clothing items to spruce up my wardrobe. The trip to the thrift store last week was discouraging especially after I came home and washed the jeans that I bought for $5 and they SHRUNK! Ack...they are going back in to the donation bag.
I searched through the entire Ross store. I even checked out the guys shirts. I was able to find a pair of jeans for $14 (regularly $54), a shirt for $9 ($24), underwear for $1.50-$2 ($5-$9), and sunglasses for $7 ($36). I don't consider the difference in the price to be a "savings" since I would never buy them for that amount but it is fun to see what their original price was.
After that I headed to Kohls because it wasn't too far away and I wanted 2 more shirts that I could wear for work. I searched out every clearance rack but the closest possibility was a men's shirt for $3.50. It had too much yellow in it for my liking so I passed. Everything else was too ugly and/or expensive. I started to think it would be easier to sew my own clothes. One of the women that I work with sews her own clothes. I also noticed underwear at Kohl's for the regular price of $9. I almost ran back to Ross and bought more underwear for the $2 price but I think I bought enough to keep me stocked for 2-3 years.
I still wanted 2 more shirts so I went to another thrift store that I have often passed but never visited. Turns out this thrift store benefits the local police organization. I always assumed it was a for-profit store. Anyway, I found 2 shirts. One still had the new tags on it, 100% silk, regular price $43. It was marked $8 and was 1/2 off so the final cost was $4. The other was marked $4 and also was half off so I got it for $2. I really wanted some blue or green shirts as those are my favorite colors but I am happy with my purchases.
Now I need to go through my closet again and give more items away. Since I have some new clothes I can quit hanging on to those items that I never wear but keep just in case the right event comes up or I lose weight or I find something to coordinate with it. If I haven't worn it in 5 years it really needs to go live elsewhere. I just don't have the room in my tiny RV closet. Plus I'm sure someone else would love to give it a good home where it would actually be worn.