I’ve been known to buy repeats of items, whether it’s in different colors of the exact same item, or as a backup for when my first one wears out. It doesn’t happen often, but it happened recently with the little Old Navy striped sweater. I hunted down a second one when it went on sale for $8 in stores with the intent to keep it as a backup. I posted about my backup sweater on Twitter, and some people thought I was nuts. Some people agreed it was the prudent thing to do. And one person just wanted to know how in the world I decided it was time to hunt down a repeat.
So, here’s my attempt at explaining my thought process behind the madness…
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- Clothes and shoes wear out. Even if you take excellent care of your items, after years of heavy wear, those things are gonna start looking funky. Cotton pills. Colors fade. Pant hems shrink.
- Styles, designs, colors and fits can be seasonal or discontinued. Even if your all time favorite t-shirt is made every year by a company in the exact same color, it can fit totally different if you buy it again a few years down the line. Designers change their sizing and fit every so often, and I’m sure we’re all familiar with the “brand x size 0 from two years ago is two sizes smaller than the size 0 in stores today” photos and complaints. Most items, however, are only available for a short season.
For example, my favorite pair of wine colored peep-toe pumps are dying a slow death from scuffed leather and loosening glue, despite being sent to the cobbler several times. I’ve been on the lookout for a new pair, but I can’t quite find the color and style I want. Oh, how I wish I could find another replacement pair!
How do I decide to buy duplicates?
- Excitement level. If I’m super excited about an item, among some other things listed below, I’ll consider buying a duplicate. But I have to be really excited. This is usually because:
- The fit is great.
- The color and style suits me and my existing wardrobe.
- The item has high potential to wear out. Cheaper quality items are likely suspects.
- The cost is low. I’m not going to buy duplicate Chanel handbags…that’s just crazy.
- The item is a classic style & color. If the item is trendy and will be out of style by the time my first one wears out, what’s the point of having another?
- Forward thinking sadness. Some items I purchase and love so much, so quickly, that I actually think about how sad I’m going to be when it gets icky and old. <– hint: this is the biggest sign
When do I decide it’s time to buy duplicates?
I only buy duplicates if I can find the item for cheap. This can mean:
- The item is on super duper sale.
- I have a great coupon code.
In the case of the Old Navy sweater:
- I loved the fit, color, style, and way it works well into my current wardrobe. I got excited when it arrived and wanted to wear it every day. Uh oh…now I’m thinking about how sad I’m going to be when it wears out!
- It’s a classic style, but considering I’ve been on the hunt for this style for a while, I don’t expect to find another in a similar flattering fit anytime soon.
- It’s 100% cotton, and I know cotton will eventually pill from wear/washing and look icky.
- Old Navy clothing is not the highest quality, so I expect this sweater to wear out quicker than if it were from a more expensive brand.
- It went on sale for $8!
At a mere $8, I was happy to hunt down a duplicate. And I did.