Closet Update Thrifting

How Much Have I Actually Spent on Thrifting in 2019?

December 6, 2019

Incredibly, we have reached the end of 2019, and also the end of my first full year of only shopping secondhand. I started the year off being both petrified to share my intentions for fear that I wouldn’t follow through, and also that absolutely no one would care what I had to share about it, so the fact that I’ve managed to stick to my convictions and have also made some lovely and genuine friends in the ethical fashion community is so exciting and humbling all at once. All we can do is hold to our convictions, and constantly be seeking new information and new opportunities to grow in them and I feel quite confident at this stage to say that I don’t think I will ever go back to conventional consumerism and that I’m honestly pretty repulsed by the entire fast fashion industry as a whole.


Cami (Goodwill), Skirt (Poshmark)

I did a 6 month update on how much I’ve actually spent on thrifting and I thought in the spirit of transparency I would do final review for the year. I’ve said it before, most of my thrifting is done via online apps due to a limited availability in my hometown, so I utilize Instagram, Poshmark, Depop and sometimes thredUP, so that makes it really easy to track what I’ve spent this year.

As shared in my previous blog post for some context:

According to a recent survey conducted of women’s shopping habits, “It appears most women, on average, will spend somewhere between $150 and $400 on clothing on a monthly basis, which equates to approximately $1,800 to $4,800 per year.” Credit Donkey states, “The average adult aged 25-34 spends $161 per month on clothing.” ($1,932 per year). 

With that in mind, let’s take a peek at the second half of my thrifting this year:



Mustard Silk Button Up (Depop), Reformation Jeans (Poshmark), Mules (Old fast fashion)

July 2019 (3 items)
7/23 – Mustard Silk Button Up – $22.00
7/27 – Azazie Bridesmaid Dress – $55.42
7/28 – Ochre Wide Leg Pants – $40.00
Monthly Total: $117.42

August 2019 (1 item)
8/25 – Everlane Black Tee – $5.19
Monthly Total: $5.19

September 2019 (7 items)
9/16 – Yellow Sweater, Sand Sweater – $10.00
9/22 – Vintage Black Belt – $16.79
9/20 – Sage Crop, Cream Mock Neck – $22.00
9/30 – Vintage Striped Blazer – $28.00
9/30 – Vintage Front Tie Dress – $26.10
Monthly Total: $102.89

October 2019 (6 items)
10/2 – Silk Cream Button Up, Ann Taylor Sleeveless – $24.00
10/7 – Sand Silk Cardigan – $27.00
10/17 – Clay Rayon Dress – $15.00
10/22 – Cream Linen Button Up – $35.00
10/19 – Reformation High & Skinny Jeans – $96.79
Monthly Total: $197.79

November 2019 (4 items)
11/11 – Cream Mock Neck – $28.00
11/12 – Gray Angora Sweater – $26.00
11/27 – Red Suede Heel – $20.00
11/27 – Prairie Top – $15.79
Monthly Total: $89.79

December 2019 (2 items)
12/1 – Madewell Cotton White Button-Up – $26.79
12/1 – Padded Headband – $13.79

Monthly Total: $40.58

January – June: 28
July – December: 23
Total Items Thrifted (51)

January – June: $460.53
July – December: $548.47
Total Spent on Thrifting: ($1,009)

Since I’ve never kept track of my spending from my fast fashion days, it’s hard to realistically compare this years spending on what I’ve spent in years past. Comparing to my initial research, I spent an about of $84 per month on clothing compared to the “average” women’s $150 – $400 and the “average” adult’s $161. I’m pleased to see I’ve spent a solid $1k less than is expected, but also surprised to see with 51 items I could nearly say I got one new item each week this year. (I could justify this by saying I was building my wardrobe from next to nothing, but it’s still a lot more than I thought!)


J Crew Eyelet Top (thredUP), Reformation Jeans (Poshmark)

I wish I had been more diligent in tracking my wears, but perhaps that can be a project for 2020? I’ve learned a lot during this year of thrifting and I’m truly a glutton for summaries, updates and “looking back on it all” vibes, so keep your eyes peeled for more updates!

Have you tracked your clothing spending for any length of time?


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