Why I never talk shop
Do you get questioned about your purchases? Or are made to feel bad? I avoid it by never talking about shopping with anyone, except for those that are part of the online community I'm part of that revels in shopping and the luxe.
I find I'm misunderstood - I'm usually seen as someone who 'just likes to shop and spend money' instead of someone that is spending their mindfully and wisely. Admittedly, not ALL purchases I make are like that, but c'mon, you have to enjoy life too! And those purchases rarely cost more than $20.
I'm thinking about this because of my recent belt purchase. As you know, it was a Gucci belt, and as you also know, that means the price tag was not light. Now, if I told most people I just bought a belt at Gucci, their eyes would bug out, they'd ask me if I was crazy, or look at me with a smug look with the 'you're one of THOSE people' instead of think why I bought it.
Here's WHY -
I bought a much less expensive belt at Banana Republic back in 2015 to see if I would wear a belt like this often. It was originally $45.99 and I managed to get it for $8.99. I wore it 41 times before I had to throw it out last year because - you can actually read about my experience here. Even the last 10 times I wore it, I was really testing its limits but I couldn't part with it because I hadn't found its replacement and I REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO SPEND $45.99 on the same belt, knowing how it wears down. I waited. I waited and waited and I couldn't wear it anymore.
Now, as I mentioned before, belts are an investment piece for me and I've had my other two for approximately 5 and 9 years now. Let's say I wear my Gucci belt for 7 years - at 41 times a year, that would be a total of 287 times, resulting in a cost per wear of $1.76. I'd have to buy the same Banana Republic belt 7 times, for a total of $321.93 for a cost per wear of $1.12. See, there's not much difference in price when you break it down like that.
Not to mention, buying the Gucci one is preventing me from worrying about the Banana Republic one being discontinued any time soon before I can buy the same one, or preventing me from picking up all 7 at one time just to make sure I have it on hand; also, I'm definitely going to be able to wear it more than 41 times in a year since it won't be falling apart, so the cost per wear will be even lower.
But no one thinks about that before judging my purchases. They just think of the immediate cost, and then look down at me like I'm irresponsible about my money. I rather not be made to feel that way. I have my reasons as to why I'm OK with spending a bit more on the average item, and I'm OK with that.