Posts Tagged: shopping

Return, Repurpose, Resell

How to know when you should return, repurpose, or resell a clothing item that doesn't fit or work for you.

If you bat a thousand when it comes to style-related purchases, you’re my hero. I’ve never known anyone who adores and uses every item she ever buys and never makes a shopping blunder, but if you are she, you are AWESOME.

For the rest of us mere mortals, purchasing missteps must be dealt with on occasion. In my experience, there are three main choices for items you feel won’t work in the long run: Return, repurpose, and resell. Here’s how I break down my choices.

RETURN

I return anything that doesn’t fit, is damaged, wasn’t what I expected, doesn’t work within my wardrobe, and, of course, is returnable. Seldom do I purchase anything that I’m unsure about if it’s a final sale situation, but it has happened on occasion. I’m more inclined to return items quickly if they are expensive, since I absolutely hate to have money missing from my account that should eventually be mine again, but once I’ve decided to return something I get a bit obsessed. Even small items will get whisked back to their respective stores or dropped into the mail within hours of the decision being made. Nothing irks me like missing the return window on an item that I have no intention of keeping or wearing. read more

Originally posted 2012-02-13 06:19:11.

Ownership and Alterations

I’d wager that 90% of my fancy-pants designer stuff was bought used or on DEEP discount. And although I re-sell some items once I feel I’ve moved beyond them (or admitted to myself that they were mistakes), I’m perfectly comfortable altering just about anything I own without regard to how it will affect resale value. Or perceived value. Or cachet.

Here’s a very concrete example:

Long ago, I bought this Botkier bag on eBay and I got a good deal, but it was still relatively spendy. The eBay seller photos made it look dark pink, almost magenta, which was just what I was looking for. So imagine my surprise when it arrived at my doorstep looking for all the world like it’d been marinating in Pepto Bismol. read more

Originally posted 2011-12-13 06:16:31.

Distressed Boots: Fabulous for Winter

distressed frye boots

“Distressing” is a trend that, overall, makes me feel a bit cranky. Ripped-up jeans have been a stylish on and off for decades but, generally speaking, it was expected that the owner would handle the ripping, washing, and crafting of the various holes and associated fringe. The very idea that premium denim manufacturers believe they can and should charge $200+ for “distressed” or “destroyed” jeans – jeans with pre-made holes, rips, and fringe – blows my mind. “Distressed” tees, jackets, and other clothing also sell for bizarrely high prices and the whole thing just seems like a racket to me. read more

Originally posted 2011-12-07 06:14:22.