Shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. When I want something (really want, not just sort of want), I'll wait it out until I find the perfect item. During my first year on this blog (the shopping diet), I kept a weekly wish list of things I wanted once my year was up. I did a recap halfway through the diet (October 2010), but have gone pretty quiet since then.
I'm still pretty much working off of that wish list (I know, I'm slow) as well as the "In the Moment" posts I started doing after the shopping diet, so I figured I'd give a quick update, since I just fulfilled some of these within the past 6-8 months.
Black bag (blogged: May 24, 2010; obtained: October 2011)
You heard that right...I finally have a black purse! My in-laws (bless their hearts) give me a generous Amazon.com gift card every year for my birthday, and this time I used it to grab a great leather bag with some stitching detail, shoulder strap, outside pocket and chain hardware. After all was said and done, I only shelled out $5 for shipping.
Wedge heels (blogged: October 11, 2010; obtained: March 2012)
It took a year and a half, but my latest purchase was a pair of coral patent Calvin Klein wedge heels from Marshall's. They were regular Marshall's price; lower than retail, but more than I would normally spend on shoes. Total cost: $40.
Vest (blogged: October 25, 2010; obtained: summer 2011)
picked one up at a Swap Asana, was handed down another by
my friend Stephanie, and got another from my mom, all of this last summer. And just like that, I have three
vests. Total cost: $0.
Black skinny pants (blogged: January 24, 2011; obtained: December 2011)
hit gold with Gap's 1969 line (specifically the high-waisted skinny
pants), but the $69.99 price tag completely turned me off. I salemarked
it, and just before Christmas, the price dropped down to $35. That same
day, my brother was bugging me about what I wanted for Christmas, so I
just forwarded the link. The pants arrived two days later. Merry
Christmas! Total cost: $0
The Happiness Project (blogged: April 25, 2011; obtained: December 2011)
I picked this up at the Miami International Book Fair for $8. Great book. See my thoughts on it here.
Green nail polish (blogged: July 11, 2011; obtained: April 2012)
Ulta's clearance rack has been a boon for me. My two new favorite nail polishes were found there: Revlon's Craving Coral ($3) and Orly's Wandering Vine ($4). It's not my typical Wet N' Wild, but I really love these colors.
Items I'm still on the lookout for: gray pencil skirt, short-sleeve crew-neck sweater, white pants, three-quarter sleeve blazer (preferably in a springy color), skinny trousers (oh so elusive), leather jacket. At the rate I'm going, this list will last me a few more years.
By the way, if you haven't tried salemarked yet, I'd highly recommend it. It's a bookmarklet that let's you track an item and get an email notification when it hits a certain price (whatever you'd like it to be). Right now it only works with some retailers (but they're good ones, like Gap, BR, Macy's, etc.), but it definitely beats having to check a bunch of sites regularly or wasting money by buying things full price. They're not paying me to say this (they don't even know I exist), but I just thought I'd pass on the knowledge.