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No Purchase Club (January -AND- February 2011)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MyOtherLife, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Michigan Planner

    Michigan Planner Senior member

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    I was really tempted to get a couple sport shirts from the LLBean signature line that were on clearance but held off long enough that my size is no longer available. That's a good way to stop myself from getting something. lol

    What I really need to do is use this time of no-buying to also purge my closets of stuff I never wear anymore.
     
  2. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    What I really need to do is use this time of no-buying to also purge my closets of stuff I never wear anymore.

    I already have set aside many items for my upcoming sale on B&S.
    For the last several weeks I've been exclusively enjoying my SW&D clothes to give my better clothes a rest. It'll all look new to me when I return to it.
     
  3. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    But I do have some Tyrwhitt gift cards from Christmas - if I spent these does it count (it's not my money, technically)?
    I don't think it should count since someone else already purchased the gift cards for you, you just have to cash them in. It would suck to wait two months to get your Christmas present.
    TO avoid temptation, I am not going to stores, looking at catalogs, or visiting clothing websites. I imagine most others in the NPC are doing the same. Unfortunately, it doesn't give us much material for discussion.
    I deleted all my clothing sites that are bookmarked. I don't pay much attention to mail/emails I'm getting to clothing stores (usually in the trash pretty quick.) I've still been browsing through B&S and a few clothing websites lately, but it's starting to taper off.
    How about we make bets on who falls off the wagon first? I vote for Fidel.
    [​IMG] I'm pretty hopeful I can hang in there until March so I can get my finances in order, plus most of the spring merchandise doesn't arrival until then anyways. [​IMG]
     
  4. TTO

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    Alas, I am no longer the king of my castle, temptation was WAY to strong for me....please shame me....[​IMG]
     
  5. aleksandr

    aleksandr Senior member

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    Something strange has happened. I've gone about two weeks without buying anything, and I feel perfectly fine. If i can spend two weeks like this, why not two months, or two years?
     
  6. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    Alas, I am no longer the king of my castle, temptation was WAY to strong for me....please shame me....[​IMG]
    At least have the decency to post pics of the offending items (so we can live vicariously through you) [​IMG]
    Something strange has happened. I've gone about two weeks without buying anything, and I feel perfectly fine. If i can spend two weeks like this, why not two months, or two years?
    It comes and it goes, for a period of about 6 months I didn't buy anything without thinking about it, I almost stopped checking SF and I thought "well, I guess I'm just not into clothes anymore"... then I picked up a pair of dress pants to replace some fraying ones which opened the floodgates for a month long pre/post christmas bender [​IMG] next thing you know: 3 pairs of shoes (1 pair Carmina, 1 pair Gucci dress shoes, 1 pair Gucci sneakers) 3 pairs of Hugo Boss dress pants (yes, I can hear the groaning, but they don't break my balls like Mabitex) 10 pairs of marcoliani socks 1 pair Prada fur/cashmere lined gloves 1 zegna cotton/cashmere winter hat 1 Alan Paine chunky cashmere sweater ---------- Total damage ~$4k .... all because of one pair of pants on sale for $175
     
  7. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke Senior member

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    I feel your pain. I didn't buy much over the last year and then I did the exact same thing over the last month. Similarly to a sum of around 4K. Luckily, I think I just got the last of it out my system. Time to go back in to hiding. I think the key is to not look at all. I get too tempted by what I perceive as great deals.
     
  8. ELG

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    I can't kid myself. I wont even make it through the weekend.
     
  9. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    I get too tempted by what I perceive as great deals.

    I'm the same way, I get easily tempted by B&S bargains that often turn out to not quite fit or looked different in the pics. At least lately, I've been sure to make sure whatever I buy from B&S can be easily sold back on B&S, but I usually take a hit on it.
     
  10. PTWilliams

    PTWilliams Senior member

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    I have passed up:
    One pair of plum incotex corduroy pants.
    One wine-colored turtleneck cashmere sweater.

    I know I will fail when walgreens has 20% off on their creed cologne, but that hasn't happened yet, and they are out of stock on their green irish tweed.
     
  11. MyOtherLife

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    TTO, please ring in ..what did you purchase? Confess please, item for item, or at least specify how many items you purchased. You are now in the dog house, but are still IN this challenge (unless you outrightly quit). It is still enouraged that you try to be strong for the remaining weeks. [​IMG] ELG...did you survive the weekend? If not, please confess. PTWilliams..glad to read you are being strong. I'll make an exception for you, if you sell those pink pants, you can get your cologne (small bottle only) Hope the rest of you are continuing to be strong...if not, please confess.
     
  12. acecow

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    I can't wait for the two months to end. I really need gray wool or flannel pants. :\\ I have almost 30 pairs of pants, and the most versatile material/color combination is not among them.
     
  13. w.o.e.is.me.

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    picked up 2 mabitex on sale today. and got this amazing pratesi case (more on that in a few days). [​IMG] in my defense, the case was (mostly) purchased with gains from SF sales.
     
  14. medtech_expat

    medtech_expat Senior member

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    Nice score! But don't you think that posting on this particular thread is a bit, er... cruel?! [​IMG]
     
  15. acecow

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    picked up 2 mabitex on sale today.
    and got this amazing pratesi case (more on that in a few days).
    [​IMG]
    in my defense, the case was (mostly) purchased with gains from SF sales.


    Have I ever mentioned how much I hate New Yorkers for their access to cheap Mabi/Incotex pants?
     
  16. w.o.e.is.me.

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    Nice score! But don't you think that posting on this particular thread is a bit, er... cruel?! [​IMG]

    hopefully my weakness of the flesh will give others strength!

    Have I ever mentioned how much I hate New Yorkers for their access to cheap Mabi/Incotex pants?

    You aren't missing much. they are on sale now, but I didn't see many particularly noteworthy fabrics. I considered copping a few extras to flip here, but just don't have the time/energy.
     
  17. acecow

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    Well, I mostly wear a cotton pant + shirt combo. I'm a fan of colors. Therefore, I could easily spend $300 on 10 pairs of different pants and I'd wear them all. Right now, I'm stuck with a low selection of boring colors for $60+, and there's never any gray slacks for some reason. So yeah, I'm still jealous. [​IMG] By the way, awesome case. Can't see much of it, but it sure looks like it will fit nicely into your style.
     
  18. sonlegoman

    sonlegoman Senior member

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    I forgot to mention, during the Christmas break, I visited my parents. I left about 10 shirts and 3 pants and completely forgot to bring them back with me. But I am holding strong.

    The NPC mentality is encroaching on other aspects as well. One of my pens ran out and instead of buying new pens, I decided to use some old pens in my drawers that had been there for a very long time. The ink is a bit viscous but whatever. My toilet bleach drop tablets ran out and I decided to scrub with ajax that I had laying around instead of buying more toilet bleach drops. Have not bought anything except food, gas, and rent for about 3 weeks now. No rented movies either. I'm starting to like this.

    EDIT: Just noticed I have about 2 days of toilet paper left. Looks like I'll be going on campus until I get my $25 Target gift card from my credit card company in the mail.
     
  19. aleksandr

    aleksandr Senior member

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    ^ you have my respect, good sir.

    In other news, all that mabitex available in the fs/t has me drooling.
     
  20. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    I can't wait for the two months to end. I really need gray wool or flannel pants. :\\ I have almost 30 pairs of pants, and the most versatile material/color combination is not among them.

    Quoted for juxtaposition. Theoretically, if you have 30 pairs of dress pants, you probably don't need a versatile pair of pants - unless the other 30 are all go to hell colours. [​IMG]

    I am in also need of a versatile pair of blue wool dress pants, but I want something somewhere between a navy and royal blue with a mohair blend - I find standard navy too boring and too close to black for me.

    Fortunately for my commitment to this club, those won't be available until the Spring/Summer collection hits stores around March (I'm told stores have extra delays in getting merchandise this year due to storms in Europe.) On several occasions I've tried to pickup these pants on B&S, and every single time they turned out to be much darker in person than in the pics, so I've learned my lesson about buying local - a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

    I know I will fail when walgreens has 20% off on their creed cologne, but that hasn't happened yet, and they are out of stock on their green irish tweed.

    Is cologne even on the no-no list for the NPC club? I thought it was clothing and accessories. I can see Creed being something SF'ers lust after, but I wouldn't have thought it would be on the list.

    Also, even though I've never been to America, isn't wal-greens like a pharmacy chain, I'm surprised they would carry Creed cologne, I always thought that was the most expensive and exclusive cologne out there.

    hopefully my weakness of the flesh will give others strength!

    I like your style - details on the watch you're wearing in this pic?
    http://lessgentlemen.files.wordpress...2/img_2600.jpg

    The NPC mentality is encroaching on other aspects as well. Have not bought anything except food, gas, and rent for about 3 weeks now. No rented movies either. I'm starting to like this.

    Impressive. The only austerity I handle well are austerity brogues [​IMG]
     

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