To some it may seem counterintuitive, but some of the nicest things I’ve owned have come from the thrift store. I’ve found rare vintage Danish designed candlesticks, silk blouses, cashmere, and Diane Von Furstenburg at the local thrift. Ebay is a huge game changer as well, just be sure to purchase items from sellers with good reviews and you’ll likely be good as gold. Check out Craigslist or antique malls – especially for furniture – and you could end up with some really high quality items with a low price tag. These things have proven that they stand the test of time, and truth be told that nowadays things often aren’t made as well as they used to be.
Along with honing your style, taking a minimal approach will help you keep both your bank account and your surroundings happy. Focusing on quality and taking the time to really think about your purchases will only benefit you in the long run. When it comes to more expensive items, impulse control is a must. Make it a special occasion, save up, and reward yourself for milestones. Besides, having a well curated selection of luxuries will appear more put-together and thoughtful. True elegance isn’t necessarily opulence.
Before buying something, consider its value over time. For example, Chanel bags have proven to retain their worth, even after years of ware. Though chances are, if you really love an item you’re less likely to sell it later, but if you’re going to invest, you might as well make it a timeless purchase. Shop with this in mind. Will you wear a pair of burnt orange floral ballet flats in 2 years time? Maybe not, but the longline camel coat that flatters your frame will always be en vogue. The trendier the piece, the more likely it is to feel dated after a few seasons. Stick to the classics, and you can’t go wrong. Consider daily wear and tear as well. Suede? Maybe not the best material if you live in a wet climate. Opt for sturdy items with good reviews. YouTube is your friend!
For fleeting items and consumables, consider the return. A $100 perfume is likely a better investment than a $100 candle, wine keeps longer than champagne, and so on. The most bang for your buck is almost always the better choice!