As you've all probably noticed, it is sale time at the stores. 50%, 60%, 75%, and even 80% off. Off of what? That is the question you should ask yourself. There are some bargains to be had and if you make the right sale choices, it is indeed a bargain. But what about that cute purple sweater with the ribbons and embellishments? Its only $29.99, regularly $89.99, what a steal! Or is it? Do you have anything at home you can wear with it? When your best friend or husband sees it, are they going to feel the love or ask what the heck you bought? Is it a style you would normally wear or will you only be wearing it in secret while vacuuming one Monday afternoon while nobody else is home? Sure one $29.99 sweater is not going to break the bank but it is the accumulation of many "bargains" that start to clutter your closet and add up in your checkbook.
Instead think of the sales as a time to stock up on items you know you need. Socks, pj's, and basics such a classic sweaters in neutral colors that are never out of style staples. Of course, if you've been keeping an eye on a MUST have and its finally hit the sale rack, then by all means, take advantage. But spur of the moment bargain purchases usually end up at the back of the closet, gathering dust and taking up space.
While on the topic of stocking your closet with New Years purchases, I will follow up on my Facebook entry from last week about my kickoff to style 2010. I would like to thank the two gals who were brave enough to respond publicly. One was correct, the other creative. Both I appreciate. Every year the one thing that I knowingly spend some money on is a great pair of boots. For those who know me personally, I LOVE my boots. I don't take the pursuit of finding the right ones lightly and when I see that special pair, that is it. I know and I buy. That and chunky costume jewelry are how I define and update my wardrobe. Sure, I buy a few trendy items every year but otherwise my clothes have a clean lined style and my punch comes from my accessories. So this January while out shopping, think about what makes you feel groovy, what that special thing is for you. Once you have that item, call me. Just kidding. Well, not really but that is a great starting point for building your wardrobe around your defined style.
And for the unveiling of my kickoff to style 2010, I will unveil my new boots. Drum roll please........
Happy Sales, I'll be back in a week!