Sunday, October 16, 2011

12 in 11 September Update

Baby done a bad, bad thing.

Blew out the challenge in September while we were in NZ.

No defence, no excuses, just did.

Quota Used 15/12

Op shopping in a new country is fun.  Some of the brands were familiar but not all of the specialist sizings that I look for. It was a bit of a test of my ability to assess quality and cut based on the garment rather than the label. 

This challenge has led me to assess what it is I need in clothing and my preferences for colour and shape.  If I couldn't just have it, I had to assess each item.  It's a good skill to acquire and hone. 

So, what did I get that was worth blowing the challenge for?
  • 1 pr Blundstone steel cap boots, new in box from Salvos $10 (we have some major landscaping and gardening ahead of us and these are perfect to protect my tootsies from falling pavers etc.)
  • 1 pr strappy sandally heels to wear to this accursed ball $6 from Salvos. 
  • 2 jumpers; one is a tunic style that has seen some wear already and another in a henley style which has replaced my baggy saggy, pre-weightloss winter favourite (already gone to the op shop).  Both are in green shades, one a light gumleaf olive, the other a bright kiwi green.  Both are medium guage.  $23 the pair from Save Mart.
  • 1 moleskin shirt for football and outdoor wear next autumn/winter replacing the way too large pincord shirt I have been wearing for years. $6 Salvos.
  • 1 jacket for work.  I am expected to travel more for work in the next couple of years, so I picked up a dressier jacket in non-crushable knit.  $20 Vinnies.  Yes, a lot more than I usually pay but this is an excellent brand and fit and slips in the my mix and match wardrobe really well.  Retail it would be about $200, so I'm pleased.

Knickers bought just before we left for NZ.  These replace the daggies worn and abandoned in NZ. 

Bra, new with tags from Save Mart in Invercargill.  $15.

Hosiery - found 5 pairs of new in packets stockings and tights in op shops including electric blue stockings for an average $1.50 a pair.  Given one pair of pantihose retail is $12, I'm a happy hosiery freak.

We left most of our travelling clothes and shoes in NZ, returning only with our "new" purchases and a change of shirt and undies.  Fate handed us a woman of size at the caravan park the evening before our departure.  She was in town to watch her brother play for the Fiji Rugby Team.  She gladly took our clothes for her family and we were delighted they went to a welcoming home.

Since we've been back wardrobe culling continues with several bags full off to op shops as new items were washed and put away and the winter wardrobe turned over to spring and summer.


Jejune said...

Honestly, cut yourself some slack! You were overseas! You're allowed to buy some stuff! It's OK! :D

2paw said...

I agree with Jejune, it sounds like you made a nice balanced clothes exchange/ shopping trip. And what bargains too!!

Sheep Rustler said...

What they said :)

louisa @ TheReallyGoodLife said...

I'm on that "what they said" bandwagon too ;)

Considering I didn't buy anything at all in the first six months of the year, I've gone a bit crazy in the last three months and am close to the limit - 11 items. I think it's partially that my pre-challenge clothes (which weren't, by any means, all bought brand new the day before the challenge started) are wearing out, and partly the bored/change of season stuff.

Like you though, I'm much more conscious about what I am buying now and I think that is really what I want to take away from the challenge. I won't do a challenge next year (I think I need a year off to refresh my wardrobe a bit) but I don't think I'll go spend-crazy either.

Do you think you'll keep tracking (online or offline) what you buy? Do you find it useful to have a record/item count?

Lynne said...

Sounds great to me!

I left my clothes in the Philippines on purpose! Didn't ever want to see some of them again!