I had a very productive weeekend, shopping-wise. I normally avoid shopping like the plague, but time was drawing nigh. I needed to stop limping around in the snow on broken boots.
I checked out one of my favorite consignment stores first. The problem with thrift and consignment stores is that things don't come in multiple sizes, so it's hit or miss to find anything that fits. Alas, I did not leave with any shoes, but I did find this great deal: a leather Lucky Brand bag, which retails for over $200, for just $43. I am in love with it. It's pretty and it looks vintage, and it should last a long time so someday it will be kinda vintage. And it's big enough to fit all the crap I bring to work, replacing my stodgy plain black bag.
I ended up finding boots at Nine West, which is having a sale. My goal was to find boots for under $100, and these were $90, so not too shabby. Previously I would balk at spending so much - my shoes have mostly been from Payless, and they last me about 2-3 years. But lately I'm seeing the value in buying good quality stuff that should last even longer. So I really hope these last for three years and then even longer after getting them resoled, to make it worth the extra cost and the environmental impact of buying new shoes.
I do feel guilty about buying shoes newlymade in a factory in China, but I didn't have the inclination to research for better brands or scour thrift stores for weeks in search of shoes that I needed yesterday. But next time around I'm going to try to do some research first. If anyone has any tips on "green" shoe brands that involve recycled materials or independent ethical craftsmanship, I would appreciate it, because I'm going to look for new flats next month!