Minimalist, Money Diaries

Retail or thrift: What I get for RM1,000

I go big when I thrift. When I want to buy something that seems costly, I’ll Carousell search before buying retail. I generally do not bargain unless the price is unreasonable or am unsure about the piece. Here’s what I bought in between Jan – Mar 2016 (time flies).

What I get for RM1,000 in Carousell

  • Marc Jacob Cropped Blazer -RM57
  • New and stylish Topshop leather shoe -RM60 – it’s new and I love the look
  • Radley iPhone cover -RM50 – good leather but did not suit me
  • Topshop top -RM30
  • Topshop shorts -RM20
  • Mango Blazer -RM30 – new but too big for me
  • Zara Oxford shoe – RM30
  • Sunglass – RM130
  • Hever Leger dress -RM150 – very beautiful but I can’t fit
  • Zara White shirt -RM18 -beautiful although has missing beads
  • Zara Red Knit Top -RM25 – an obvious sign of wear – resale
  • Zara shirt – RM30 – like new, similar as the one I get in retail
  • Massimo ring – RM18 – New but I suspect it’s fake
  • Karen Millen lace dress -RM100 – I can’t fit -resale
  • Inspired earrings -gift
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Balm (new) – RM35

What I get for RM1,000 in retail outlet

  • Zara shirt (RM149.90)
  • Zara Skirt (RM199.90)
  • Topshop Jumpsuit (RM210)
  • Quiz Pink Lace Bodycon (RM199)
  • Shoes from Isetan (RM238 for 4 discounted pairs)

I can wear everything I got from retail and loving every single piece. Of course, none of them are an impulse purchase.

Overall my joy level is higher from retail purchases while thrift is more like complimenting things that are nice but expensive to have (happiness too).  It’s hard to find something you need on Carousell at the right time. There is a lot of miss in online thrift as the seller phone takes too good pictures. Many times I excitedly wait for the package with anticipation and result in disappointment.

But there is also the best buy ever! Like the Topshop leather shoe and Fresh Sugar lip balm. And I sold a couple of books to people who love reading. It is a simple act to reduce the things I hoarding in my small space (plus getting the cash)

Maybe our society is not that mature in sustainable thinking so thrift is less exciting here compare to the west. Well, we are getting closer each day. 
Do you thrift? What’re your best finds?

Did I mention that I get cash Jusco vouchers at 10-20% off? Such a bargain!
Does this count as helping to reduce carbon footprint? Can I claim the carbon tax?

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