As part of my new duties as a budget conscious buyer I have recently acquired a whole new wardrobe from the Salvation Army. Talbot's, Coldwater Creek, Ann Taylor and Chico's are but a few fashion labels that are readily available to the consumer. I was not aware of this until early last year, when my sister Cyndi, who lost an incredible amount of weight, needed a new wardrobe. She set out to find an affordable solution and she has since then purchased a wardrobe that should last for many years. I have purchased possibly, a five thousand dollar wardrobe for about five hundred dollars. This was done in a span of a year.
Looking fashionable does not mean one has to break the bank. I am very aware of the current money situation that families are undergoing due to lay-offs and companies closing their doors. People simply do not have the extra funds to buy clothing at full price. I myself am hanging on a hook because to this day, I still do not know if my company will do away with my department. It is really tough trying to make plans from month to month because I do not know where I will be three months from now.
What I will be doing over the next year will be to help people in my city and surrounding communities, find quality clothing, furnishings and decor. In this case, there is no trash, just treasure. The Salvation Army has consistently offered better quality furnishings in their stores. Here in San Antonio, you will not find one single piece with tears or stains and all pieces are sturdy and ready to be a part of your home. Having acquired several pieces of furniture, I will photograph step by step instructions and offer several videos on how to properly wash your clothing after your shopping expeditions. I have the perfect person for this tutorial as she is an expert in this department!
My sister Cyndi will also be helping me in putting together options for making several clothing pieces work for you. You will be amazed at how many looks you can create with one pair of pants, several tops and an assortment of blazers and jackets.
I am also looking forward to helping women at the Women's Shelter with their job interviews and will be assisting them with their professional clothing choices.
I am very proud of the changes I am making to my life and it certainly makes me feel that I am no longer wasting my time with my own problems which are nothing compared to what others are currently going through.
I know I will treasure and remember this year as the year when I became an adult.