My neighbourhood – Yonge and Eglinton – is an odd area for retail. Quirky stores open, assuming that the residents would love to spend their money buying ric rac baskets and silver-painted fawns. [Read more…]
I’m a big fan of consignment stores as you can see from this article, this article and this blog post. Now that I think about it, a lot of my wardrobe comes from consignment stores, sample sales and Winners. I’ve also sold my clothes in consignment stores – the most recent a sparkly dress that just didn’t suit me. I’m not the only one who thinks this way according to this Forbes article.
So when a friend mentioned that he was holding a pop-up this weekend, I decided to mention it on my blog. Dag owns Consign Toronto (hey, small business owner!) and his pop-up store is this weekend in Yorkville at the Black Box Boutique, located at 106 Yorkville Avenue on the second floor.
Of course, buy if you need it and don’t have to use the credit card.
Christmas shopping can be expensive and let’s be honest, most of us don’t stay on budget. I try my hardest but I slip, trust me. So what do you do if you don’t want to give gifts for whatever reason that works for you?
The Canadian retail space isn’t very competitive. We can’t stack coupons, the sales aren’t as deep as the United States, there isn’t the variety and the only money-back option is to fill out a rebate form, mail it and hope to get a cheque within the next eight weeks, if you’re lucky.
See that picture? That picture is of my feet on the Toronto Transit Commission’s subway at 1:00 a.m. I had just finished saying goodnight to my friend Gail McInnes. We met up for coffee then went to an event.
That’s not important. What’s important is what those self-satisfied feet represent. I spent money that day. I bought clothing, drinks and a meal.
Contradictory, you say? Well, yes and no. I said I was cutting back on spending but in a realistic manner. That means budgeting and sticking to it. I made a budget at the beginning of the month and knowing myself, knew it would be difficult to give up shopping entirely. Once I figured out how much I was going to save, my household budget and bill payments, then I calculated how much I could spend shopping.
It’s not a lot. With my goals for this year, I didn’t give myself a lot of leeway for shopping or entertainment but I knew I had to put something in there or I will end up writing whiny posts like this one. Just like fitness experts advise that you have one cheat day a week where you can splurge on junk food, I built in one day where I can shop but only up to a limit – and it’s a very low limit. It’s like a little release valve, you open it to release a bit of pressure so you don’t suffer from a catastrophic implosion.
It’s all about being realistic and knowing yourself. If you can go cold turkey, I fully respect you. Personally, I need to slowly cut back because going cold turkey guarantees disaster. Next month’s budget will have a smaller shopping budget and I plan on getting rid of a few items in my closet. I’m thinking of going the consignment route.
I got a top if you were wondering. It was on sale.