Finally, part two. If you haven't read the first part of revamping my entire wardrobe you can find that here. The readers digest version of that post is: I am attempting to be my own image consultant. Oh and do it on a budget. Part one involved the purging of my current wardrobe in combo with ebaying the rejects to make money towards new clothes. Ok, you're up to speed or refreshed if you read part one when I wrote it a weeks ago.
Purging was a process. I won't lie to you and say that ebaying the amount I purged wasn't WORK. But ebay's new app is incredibly simple, so easy your Mom could use it. And with Paypal you can purchase and print shipping labels from your home computer - also a win. I even managed to recycle the boxes the Christmas gifts I ordered for friends came in which saved me money on buying boxes (at least until I ran out). I sat back for a week or two and let the items sell, mailed them out, and waited for my Paypal account to accrue. After a few weeks I had several hundreds of dollars. Yes, really.
My friends have continued to ask me - is it really worth it? For me it was! I sold things I wasn't wearing anyway (yes, even if they were new with tags) as well as gifts I've received over the years and when I'm honest with myself know that I will never wear. And I got a couple hundred bucks to put towards the new things I'd been making a list of. The wants list grew but so did the money.
Before I started buying, however I made myself two goals:
1. I wanted to make my money go as far as possible. I signed up for the Tjmaxx rewards credit card. I know you probably never thought you would hear me suggest a credit card but I buy almost everything I wear from Marshalls or Tjmaxx (the card is good at both) and since I don't keep any balances on credit cards ever - I knew I could handle it. Not only did it save me money on one of my big shopping days (10% for signing up) but I've already earned $40 worth of giftcards towards future wardrobe additions. I paid the card off with the money I made on ebay. Win-win. Always always always make your money work for you.
2. I needed to get myself organized to meet my accessorizing goal. So that resulted in this:
This kept me from being too disorganized to wear jewelry and I'm happy to report I've worn some sort of accessory every day of my new job (a month strong). I'm nothing if not a goal follower.
After all that organizing and purging it was time to start replenishing...
Here's a weekends worth of damage. With the money I made from my first few weeks of ebaying I was able to get 5 new pairs of shoes, 4 necklaces, 2 pairs of jeans, a couple tops, a few scarves, and even a great fitting new pair of sweatpants (hey, even sweatpants can be flattering). It was a total win and it made the ebaying effort worthwhile.
After that I was motivated all over again and I plowed through my closet again. I purged almost as much the second go through as the first. Yes, really. Once I figured out that selling stuff I felt 'eh' about would pay for things I loved - I was a little obsessed.
I promise to show you some of the outfits I've been putting together with my new outlook soon but I also wanted to share that I've added a whole new part to this wardrobe revamp I hadn't planned on. My Mom is visiting me in April and I've asked her to help me pull everything out of my walk in closet and create a custom closet. Yep, that's right we're going to build me my dream closet over a long weekend. I can't wait. I'm going to plan this closet out so that it will make putting together the right outfits a cinch. My mom is incredibly handy and always a willing participant in a good house project and since we've tackled pretty much everything else I wanted too in my condo - this will be perfect!
To be continued...