The Art of Shopping

art of shopping

One could wander through life without ever shopping. You can get by with hand-me-downs, cast-offs and throw-aways, and no one will be the wiser. Understanding one’s ability to shop means learning how to use the left and right sides of the brain. Shopping is a gift, a true talent and a blending of your creative side. Finding beautiful items, imaging yourself in them and your analytical side is debating cost, price, and necessity.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I come from a line of women who can shop you to death. Under the tutelage of Hartley women, no city, mall or store is safe from their ability to snag bargains and create envy. And by luck or divine intervention, I have carried out that gene too. Who can say that they’ve never nabbed worn cashmere sweaters for less than $3 or wedding gowns for $30? The art of shopping is not just buying something; anyone with money can do that. The art of shopping is picking up something for you or someone you know, at an excellent price. The art of shopping involves knowing an item’s market value, factoring in how often you will wear it, that is, Cost per Wear, making sure you still come out on top.

Artful shoppers are resourceful economist who can forecast their wardrobe needs, not just for the week but for events yet to come. Who wants to get swamped buying a dress at the last minute, when they can say “I do have something to wear.”? An artful shopper also doesn’t buy for the sake of buying; there are no hoarders over here. Instead, like for a curator, every purchase is an educated purchase. The only impulse is that if you don’t pay for it at that price, someone else may scoop it up. And then you’ll have nightmares and spend years regretting never picking up that leather skirt at Goodwill this summer.

Recognize a score and get it because a great score will never last long that is the alpha and omega to the Art of Shopping.

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

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