From Northern California, to New York and London, I have been traveling a lot and staying in each city for an extended period of time. This traveling has made me realize two things. First, I am deeply, madly head over heels in love with my flat, brown Mia boots. Second, I get bored with clothes easily.
My last trip, I stayed two weeks with a man who can literally fit his entire wardrobe into one moving box. While there I happened to read the Ten-Item Wardrobe chapter from Lessons From Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott. I am inspired by both Ms. Scott and my Mr. Capsule Collection. They both have an efficient and quality wardrobe that portrays their personal style and holds up to constant wear. My need for sartorial excitement will never allow me contentment with a tiny wardrobe, but it got me thinking about the quality and love they have for each item in their closet. I don't want their small wardrobes, but I do want the passion they feel for the entirety of their wardrobe. They love each and every item in their wardrobe as much as I love my MIA boots. That idea blew me away. There are numerous items in my closet that are no where near the scope of my MIA boots. How do these items get through my regular closet purges? I purge often, but I have found not much has been leaving my closet the last year or two. I suspect I have been leaving some questionable things simply because they fit nicely in my huge ass closet. Contrary to my closet, my suitcase is not huge ass. There's no room for pieces I won't wear. Even though I did get bored, I loved or had great use for everything in the suitcase I brought to London. Immediately upon my arrival home, I rolled my suitcase full of beloved items into my home and walked into my closet. I have finally realized, my closet is my suitcase for life. Just like when I travel and just like I tell my clients, I need to be ruthless and efficient.
I started with an obvious offender... an adorable floral blouse I have never worn. I asked myself, "If someone would give me back the money I paid for this top, would I accept?" After spending thousands of dollars on my London trip and wanting to do it all again soon, I would not even hesitate to accept that magical offer. I went to some other items and asked the same question with the same result: I would give back the garment for the money I paid. A couple items were bought last year. I was horrified. "I am a professional! I know better! My taste is exquisite!" Yeah, yeah. I am human. Although some tossable items were sentimental hesitations, most mediocre keepers were financially inspired. I hate wasting money. To donate this garment will be like throwing $200, $100, or $10 onto the ground. Too bad. Anything the consigment store does not want, goes to Barra's Foundation.
Not wanting to go through this kind of shopping remorse again led me to view Sale Alert sites with new interest. The last couple months I have been testing out POACHit.com and Hukkster.com. These sites track products you select from any retail website, then notify you when it goes on sale. The idea is obviously very attractive for the budget conscious, but I find it is an amazing tool for anyone who gets caught up in shopping and doesn't want to bring more crap into their wardrobe. No one wants to waste time or have a rotating door for a closet.
Let's say you like something. Ordinarily, you would buy it right away. Yes, you could wait and see how you feel. If the desire for the item persists, you go back and get it. But what if you forget about it, even if you do love or need it. Life is complicated and busy, it's easy to forget anything, even your children's names, especially your children's names. I still regret not getting this one dress. I wanted to think about it before I bought it, but got caught up. I remembered it months later and was unreasonably devastated I missed out.
Sales sites track the items you want, whether they go on sale or not. Anything you "Hukk" or "Poach" goes onto your private profile for you to visit or buy anytime you want. It keeps all your desired products in one place for you to think about. This will eliminate rush purchases and forgetfulness. I am officially in love with it. I often find myself shopping online late at night, jealous of the goodies I got my clients that day, buying things because I am in the mood for beautiful things I may not really want. These sites have kept my shopping in line and saves me money on the itmes I really want.
As for which website is better, I would say POACHit.com. Although I very much prefer the layout of Hukkster, the POACHit website offers you immediate discount codes and the application of "poaching" something is "smarter." I tested both on needsupply.com. On this website, below the item you actually clicked on, they recommend products. Hukkster, couldn't identify which item I actually wanted and could not add it to my profile, where POACHit asked me which item is the one I wanted. Once I clicked on my desired item, it was added to my profile. Also, I had an item from Anthropolgie on both my Hukkster list as well as my POACHit list. The item went on sale, but only POACHit notified me. Hukkster declared the item sold out. Hukkster was wrong. Lastly, I find it a bit annoying that Hukkster makes you identify the size you want of the garment. I can wear two sizes of many items or can have my tailor alter something one size too big if I really want it. Let's say the size I specify that I want sells out, but all the other sizes are in stock and on sale, Hukkster won't notify me because technically the size I wanted is not on sale because it is not available. If you want to be notified about multiple sizes, you have to "hukk" it in each size if you want to be notified.