Compulsive Shopping Audio Resources

In today’s post, I share some excellent audio resources on the topics of compulsive shopping, fashion ethics, and wardrobe minimalism.  Most of these resources can be easily downloaded and listened to while you are driving, exercising, or doing other activities.

Compulsive shopping audio resources

Podcasts and teleseminars can be fun and relaxing ways to learn!

I have listened to all of the recommended resources and found them interesting, informative, and enlightening.  I hope you will feel the same!

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Forget Fast Fashion! Join the Slow Fashion Movement

The following is a guest post from Erin DePew.  Erin is a web developer and graphic designer who happens to love shoes almost as much as “hackathons.”  She also enjoys musing on minimalism, client-side scripting, and the pursuit of the perfect pumps.

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Slow fashion is a movement that has been steadily gaining traction over the past few years. As you have probably guessed, slow fashion is the opposite of fast fashion. But if you consider fashion to be one of life’s small pleasures (guilty as charged), there’s no need to fear having to give up shopping entirely. Instead, slow fashion is about consuming less, thoughtfully and with purpose. So how can you join the slow fashion movement?

Slow Fashion Movement

Slow fashion is about consuming less and being purposeful.

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Tips for Successful Resale Shopping

In my last article, I highlighted the pros and cons of shopping at resale stores.  I hope that post provided some valuable food for thought for you.   While there are definitely pitfalls involved in shopping at thrift and consignment shops, many of you will decide that the advantages outweigh these potential drawbacks.  As for me, I will continue to shop resale, but as with all of my future shopping, I will endeavor to do it smarter!

Resale Shopping Tips

Do you know how to avoid the pitfalls when resale shopping?

In this post, I offer some tips for successful resale shopping.  If you never shop at such establishments, I still suggest you read on, as many of my suggestions also apply to retail shopping.  However, the “final sale” policy of most thrift and consignment stores makes it all the more important that we have a “game plan” when we shop resale.

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The Pros and Cons of Resale Shopping

For most of my adult life, I purchased all of my clothing at retail stores.  It wasn’t until about eight years ago that I discovered a new type of place to shop, the resale shop.  These stores are known by all types of terms – thrift, consignment, second-hand, opportunity (or “op-shops” for short), to name a few.   The common thread is that the items sold are not new; they were previously owned by someone else, or “pre-loved” if you will.

Resale Shopping Pros and Cons

Do you shop at resale stores?  Know the pros and cons!

Many people swear by the virtues of resale shopping and a number of bloggers have pledged to only shop at such stores for a year or longer.  I don’t think I’ll go that far.  For one, the availability of pants with tall inseams at such shops is in short supply (pun intended – sometimes I can’t resist…).   That alone gives me pause when considering a “resale only” pledge.  I also like to keep my options open, especially now that I’m aiming at being smarter in terms of what I buy and using my head more than my heart when shopping.

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The Real Investment Pieces You Should Own

The following is a guest post from one of my blogger friends, Robert Wall of Untitled Minimalism.  Robert is a reformed packrat who writes witty and thought-provoking articles on the topics of consumerism, minimalism, simplicity, and frugality.  He also hosts a regular podcast dedicated to the practical aspects of living a deliberate life. I love his posts and I hope you will, too!

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Let me start by saying I’m not a believer in the idea of “investment pieces,” at least not in the conventional sense. I’ve read bloggers who talk about buying handbags, shoes, and other fancy stuff as if it was going to last them the rest of their lives:  “Invest in that designer piece you’ve had your eye on, but make sure it’s something you know you’ll love forever.”

Forever? Seriously?

Buying Investment Pieces

Will you really love that designer piece forever?

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Buyer Beware – The Dangers of “Fast Fashion”

The following is a guest post by one of my loyal readers, Deby.  This story was originally submitted as a comment to “Why Continue to Shop?”  Since it’s such a powerful story with some excellent points, I asked if I could use it as a guest post for wider exposure.  Deby graciously agreed!  

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I have a recent shopping story to share. Always interested in new trends, I read several fashion magazines each month. Most recently, I thought it might be fun to have a sheer shirt to layer over a camisole for summer. Since I began downsizing my wardrobe, I decided I was only allowed to have one sheer shirt and it had to coordinate with at least three bottoms. Placed floral prints are very popular now, so this was what I was looking for (I often focus my shopping expeditions to look for very specific items).

Beware of "Fast Fashion"

Looks pretty, but sometimes looks can be deceiving…

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Sometimes Cheap is Really More Expensive

When you shop for clothes, shoes, and accessories, do you always try to find the lowest price?  Are you always on the lookout for a “good deal”?   While bargain-hunting is common for many shoppers, I’m here to tell you that “cheap” can actually be more expensive.

A Tale of Four Purses

What do I mean by this?  I’ll illustrate my point by sharing a tale of four purses.  Two of the purses were “expensive” (over $200) and the other two were “cheap” (around $50).  The expensive purses were made by Brighton and were purchased in August 2008 and December 2010, respectively.  I have carried both bags for at least 300 days, yet they are still in excellent condition and scarcely show their wear.

I bought the “cheap” bags late last year.  I carried one for approximately three months (I’m not one to change my bags all that often) and the other for only about a week.  I did not stop carrying these bags because I grew tired of them.  I stopped carrying them because they lost their shape, began to fray, and started looking terrible.  Yes, a $50 bag only lasted for a week!  I wish I could return it, but I purchased it months before I began using it and have no way of proving that it started to fall apart after such a short period of time.  So I can’t get my money back, but I can learn a powerful lesson and share it with my readers.

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