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Why I Stopped Buying Clothes from the Clearance Rack

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A while back I did a post on “Clothing Stores for Moms,”  I must admit…

I’ve changed a lot since then, when it comes to my clothes shopping escapades.

Back then, I was just trying to find that bargain. Which, what would end up happening would be that I would grab about 5 shirts that had a cute pattern, had an orange clearance tag on them…take them home, and yep… you guessed it. Never wore them.


I can’t tell you how many times I have cleaned out my closet, and put clothing in a bag for charity that still had the price tag on it. So I’m sure you’re saying to yourself: {as I probably would be},

Ugh… must be nice to have that many clothes that you don’t even take the price tags off of them.

No… I promise, it wasn’t like that.

You see, those 5 shirts were on sale, so I thought I just had to have them. But yet every day when I go to my closet to pick out something to wear, I would bypass those, once, “had to have,” shirts, and never think twice.

So recently, I have realized that my whole “shopping,” routine was outta whack, and it needed to change.

It was time for this momma to get some clothes that she actually wanted, and not just what was hanging on the clearance rack.

Don’t hear what I’m not saying:

{My pastor always says that, and I kinda stole his saying… but it’s so true}

1.  I still love a good bargain. But I had to retrain my brain and tell myself that just because it is “cheap,” I don’t HAVE to have it.

2.  Just because it doesn’t have an orange, red, or yellow sticker on it, doesn’t mean I can’t get it. We all have our budgets. We all know what we should and shouldn’t buy. Right? Ok… that’s for another post, another day.

But just maybe, if you buy that ONE shirt that you really really really like, rather than the 5 that you kinda like {but are on sale}, you may actually end up with clothes in your closet that you’ll wear.

{You may not have as many, but in all reality, when you don’t like the clothes in your closet, you still only repeatedly wear the clothes that you do like. So with me… I’d rather have a few clothes in my closet that I really like, instead of a closet full of clothes that I kind of like, but won’t wear.   Read me?

In the long-run… I think I actually save money, buying one or two things that I really like, rather than 500 things that I kind of like, just because they’re on sale.

Does this make sense?

So what are my favorite clothing stores for moms now? Why let me tell you!

My NEW Favorite Clothing Stores for Moms:

1. Stitch Fix– If you’re a veteran Fantabulosity follower, this is no surprise to you. If you’ve never heard of Stitch Fix, check out my first post on how this company is a personal stylist for you, and you don’t even have to get out of your yoga pants & house, to get new clothes —> My First “Fix.”

 2. EXPRESS-Hands down. I have fallen in love with this store. I used to walk in that store, and turn right back around, and never even give it a chance. Why? Because I thought it was probably too expensive. But really… they run some crazy good sales, and I’ve gotten some really great bargains. {and some compliments too, of my purchases from there!}

3. Banana Republic – I’ve fallen in love with their jeans. They are fabulous quality and actually fit my body shape really well.

4. Charming Charlie – I wouldn’t quite say this is “quality,” as those other stores above…. but here’s my thinking on this. In this store, I tend to purchase jewelry and accessories. You know, the things that you like to change out a lot. So by going here, in this beautiful color-coded store, it’s easy to shop around, and add accessories to those fabulous outfits that I bought from the other stores. 😉  In all honesty though…I’ve never had anything “break,” from there yet, or give signs of bad quality, so… so-far, so-good.

5. NORDSTROM – I will say they tend to have some expensive clothes. But did you know that they have a more affordable, department in there? I didn’t either until recently! Holy moly that changed my thinking of their store. So if you walk in, and see that t-shirt for $225, don’t pass out. The whole store isn’t like that. Look for that section that has the $15 shirts. 🙂

You know what else I’ve learned about my new shopping process? When I would go to a store like Charlotte Russe or Rue 21… I had to pretty much BEG for help. Going to stores like the ones mentioned above… they ALWAYS reach out to see if I need help, and I’m never shy to say YES! Here’s my typical response:

“Yes PLEASE! I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to fashion. Can you help? Which one do you think looks best on me? Which size do you think I need?”

I’m amazed at how much better I do when I don’t say the typical…:

Can I help you find anything today?

Me: “Nah, I’m just looking, thanks.”

Now… they probably regret asking me if they could help me find anything today. 🙂

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