Aghmmmm….. (clear’s throat…)
I am a clothes-a-holic! I love them. I love them for me, I love them for the kids, I love them for the hubby, hey I even love them for my mum. I can’t help it, I’ve tried to kick the addiction and it is impossible. I must buy clothes!!! Hahahaha 🙂
Over the last 2 years I have behaved myself quite well. I have used my noggin and bargain shopped when needed, recycled outfits and passed on hand me downs.
But for a clothes addict like myself, seeing the same outfits come through the wash time and time again, for this amount of time was just plain PAINFUL!!!!! Something had to be done.
So I decided that it was time to revamp our winter clothes. I think it’s fair to say that the clothes we have now have seen their day, given us good mileage and most probably could do with a rest…..
Some of the girls clothes have been around since Aria was a weeny beeny, survived Zafirah’s messy antics and have simply been outgrown by little miss Veruca.
So with a minimal budget I set off to find some bargains and get us back into a fresh new look wardrobe for the cooler seasons.
First stop: The local op-shops.
You’ll be amazed at what you will find in these fantastic places. Keeping in mind that I only purchase things that are in top condition and relatively current in the fashion stakes. After a morning of scrumaging through racks and racks of clothes I had come out with 3 or 4 bags full of excellent quality clothing, all for around $30.00 🙂 BARGAIN!!!
Some of the items were:
* A new pair of Jeans for Brian.
* A Fred Bare designer denim dress & pink top for Veruca.
* Toy Story Winter Pyjamas for Levi.
*Brand new Pink ruffle top (still available in target) for Zafirah.
*Pumpkin Patch beanies.
and a Paul Frank Wallet for me – cost me $0.50. 🙂
Rito, Next stop…. K-Mart.
Well I must say I was fairly impressed with the prices in Kmart. It’s been a while since we’ve been shopping there and we noticed a massive difference in the clothing prices instantly. The girls clothes were pretty and I thought they had enough variety. I was also really happy with their shoe prices.
Our kids go through shoes like crazy so when I pay as little as $8.00 for a pair I really don’t care if they only last 6 months. I was especially impressed with the school shoes I picked up for Jai for a minimal $2.50. Now that’s what I call budget shopping!
So I loaded the trolley up with an outfit for each of the girls with a few extras like leggings, a dress, 3/4 pants, a ballet leotard & jumper and a pair of shoes each. I also snuck in a beautiful top, a pair of trackies and 2 singlet tops for me. Jai got a look in with a cool green top aswell.
Dreading the checkout Brian reluctantly piled the items on the counter only to be surprised with the somewhat minimal final value. All of that for well under $200.00. More money well spent! 🙂
Pit Stop 3 – Sale Racks!!!
Ok, so Autograph had some sale racks out the front or their store. After some more rummaging I came out with a pair of cargo pants, a dress for me, a dress for mum, a beautiful pyjama set and some awesome beads.
Yep… That sounds expensive… Let me add up the tags….. Ok the tags add up to a total of …. $289.95 OMG. What did I pay for these gorgeous items???? A measly $49.95!!! WOOT WOOT!! That’s a massive saving of $240.00. 🙂
So after my excitement about the new clothes, we stopped the shopping briefly for some lunch before we headed over to Big W.
Stop #4 – Big W
I must say I was most disappointed in the clothes and shoes at Big W. It certainly wasn’t what it used to be. I did however find a great bra for under $20.00, some decent jocks for Jai and Brian found a nice T-shirt for $10.
Jai and Levi also got a pretty awesome t-shirt each aswell. Can’t complain too bad I suppose after the massive savings in the last shop! I’d mainly recommend Big W for essentials like underwear when you’re clothes shopping.
Stop #5 – The Surf/Skate Shop
Along with my clothing addiction comes the dangerous shoe fetish. My all time favourite shoes would have to be skate runners though. I cannot find anything that even comes close to the comfort of these type of shoes and let me tell you, it has been a good 6 years since I have owned a pair. So I entered the store and headed straight to the back wall. Skate shoe heaven…. 🙂
I chose out a pair I fancied and they even had my size in stock!!! (I have tiny feet, don’t tell anyone…..) Ahhhh Bliss. So much to the hubby’s disgust I graciously parted with my $70.00 knowing that these shoes would be like a new member of my family… and I was pleased as punch Id chosen the ones reduced from $110.00. Nice… another saving of $40.00.
Stop #6 – The Optus Shop.
While we were out Brian wanted to pop into the mobile phone shop and find out when our contracts expired so we could update our old phones. Turns out we were eligible for an early upgrade and for the grand cost of $0.00…. we both walked out of the store with our new iPhone 4’s….. 🙂 Super happy dance!
Last stop – Target.
I love Target. They’re fantastic for their sale racks and reduced items. Today Brian found himself a pair of slip on shoes for $12!!! We also got Jai a couple of pairs of shoes for $10.00 each. YEY!!!
So that was the end of my shopping expedition to update our winter wardrobes. I had spent a day in shopping heaven and loved every minute of it.
Stay tuned for Part 2.
In the next few days I will be going through each wardrobe in the house, organising outfits and essentials and culling a whole heap of worn out clothes. 🙂