Maintaining Your Shopping Identity

You step outside your house, water bottle and sack lunch in tow, ready to take on your neighborhood on garage saling weekend. Because you're essentially browsing museums of other people who are very different from you, it can be overwhelming to walk up to a sale and peruse through the items for sale without getting caught up in what might be useful around your house. Maintaining your shopping identity is important for keeping your spending in check and your unnecessary item count low.

Dressing to maintain your shopper's identity.

Shop inside your style. When you are browsing someone's secondhand clothing, you'll know when something strikes your fancy. If you genuinely wouldn't wear it, and you know it would end up in the back of your closet awaiting hungry moths, then don't even consider it! The same goes with décor, books, art supplies -- anything that doesn't suit your personal style should go back in the pile (unless it's going to be a gift).

Don't shop the trends just because they're trends. It may be in style to wear a certain type of top or pants, or to collect a specific type of antique plate, but if you don't like the current trends, don't shop them. You might see a popular book that's outside of the genres you enjoy and think, "Oh, well, it's popular, I should probably have a copy." But are you ever going to read it? If the answer is no, let someone else have a chance at it. (The exception, of course, is if you're intentionally shopping to resell, but that's a different matter.)

If your shopping identity is based on how much you spend and/or save, don't splurge just to get an item you like. Barring unique and handmade items, there will be another chance at purchasing something you find. If the price isn't right, don't pay it! Your shopping identity may be tied up in how much you end up spending (or not spending) on your weekly forays into the world of secondhand merchandise. If that's something you're proud of and want to maintain, then don't shell out extra dollars just because you spotted something you like.

You'll know when an item is right! You may walk away from most garage sales feeling like the ten minutes you spent there was a waste of time. That's all right! There will be times when nothing jumps out at you, because the host's style is just too different from yours. You'll also be able to tell when an item is absolutely something you want in your home. In that case, jump on the deal and haggle your heart out!

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Comments (9) -

Timothy Jones
Timothy Jones
2/16/2013 8:47:54 PM #

Being a wise buyer is a skill earned and polished through repetitive experiences on buying. Such task is difficult to master if you have all this budget at your disposal. But when you are short handed, that's when you'll realize the importance of budgeting and how it'a great tool.

Alex Hunt
Alex Hunt
2/16/2013 8:58:24 PM #

Don't just follow whats in for the time being. You know yourself better than anyone else so dress according to your styles and likes and not let social dogma take over your life. Buy those clothes which are comfortable and lets you feel good when you wear them. Don't be pressured by the society's norms but instead, live to stand out. Enjoy buying and Don't lose your identity Smile

Larry Barnes
Larry Barnes
2/16/2013 9:01:40 PM #

If you cant decide whether to purchase an item or not, just follow your heart because somehow it already knows what you want, after that everything else is secondary...

Kimberly Thompson
Kimberly Thompson
2/16/2013 9:05:24 PM #

still confused? try flipping a coin up in the air to simply decide what you want. You'd know what to choose since when the coin was up in the air, you were hoping for one side to appear. Unconsciously, you already know what you want, you just want that confirmation. Just try this and tell me if it works for you

Ronny Keller
Ronny Keller
2/19/2013 1:21:20 PM #

Choose those clothes you'll feel comfortable in. There are some clothes that gets your attention but is not comfortable once you wear them on. I mean, if you want to make the best out of your money, you should buy something you'll use often. Like, if you're an outgoing person, don't buy those scarfs or long sleeve shirts/formal polos since you would want those tank tops and loose shirt to be able to move freely when you're going out to nature.

Anne Hines
Anne Hines
2/19/2013 1:28:19 PM #

First and foremost, before going to garage sales, have an activity called self awareness. You should assess yourself on where you stand in our life, your characteristics, goals, wants, needs etc... Ever heard of the Johari's Window? Basically there are 4 windows to a person life. The first window is what is known to both you and other people. THe second one is what you know about yourself. Third is what others know about you. LAstly, is the unknown part which no one knows even you. You just need a piece of paper and fold it in four parts and give it to a couple of people and have them describe you and match the words accordingly.

The goal is to have a big window 1 because that shows you know yourself well and that's also how others perceive you as well. If you have a small window 1, then you should share and open up to other people so they would know you better.

Jonas Garner
Jonas Garner
2/19/2013 1:36:04 PM #

Im familiar with the JOhari's window Anne Smile

Are you in the medical field or stuff's like that? I came across with the Johari's window during my college years in one of my psychology classes and our professor introduced this to us. Luckily, I was picked to be the example of the tool and my partner was my girlfriend. We were given a set of words to choose from to describe me, then we would compare our work after 5 minutes. I was really anxious and shy at that time because I didn't know what to expect. As we were checking through our work, we found out that there were a lot of discrepancies in our answers that would describe me. It showed that I needed to be more open to her so they could learn more about me like my likes, dislikes, fears, etc...

Our professor even used me in joke that are we sure that were a couple because we showed that we hardly knew each other Smile it was a fun experience after all...

Scottie Farmer
Scottie Farmer
2/19/2013 1:46:03 PM #

Controlling your urge to buy everything in the garage sale is difficult. Especially if you are a shopaholic then you've gone to the wrong place haha. Tong How would you control it if you're in a situation where you have the capability to fulfill that urge of yours. But, you can change it slowly because you can't immediately change yourself. That takes time and you don't need to force things abruptly. You could start by buying one less item every time you go to a garage sale until you reach a controllable number of items. If you're buying 30 items the first time, try buying 29 the next time and until you control your urge to buy. Maybe I'm not the right person to give an advice or help you so you should consult a professional psychologist to assist you in your change.

Al Barnett
Al Barnett
2/19/2013 4:20:11 PM #

Where did you get that trick of yours Kimberly cause it really works. I was amazed how true it was. Once the coin was up in the air, I thought of the side I wanted to show so from that I decided to take that course of action. You're RIGHT!!! I already knew my choice but I wanted to have a justification or confirmation that I've chosen the right option. Shared this with my classmates and now were all flipping coins Smile

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