When it comes to Lolita, I really try not to spend too much. As a result, I tend to be a "bargain hunter". I've bought most of my brand second-hand, and I try to get deals whenever I can while buying things. I'll wait for sales to buy things from Bodyline and FanPlusFriend, which are already considered "budget" Lolita brands in the first place.
Saving money is something I've always liked to do. My mom refers to me as "cheap", as if it's a compliment. (I'm not sure she realizes how expensive the hobbies I have are, exactly; Lolita, games, and anime? Very expensive hobbies, if you ask me!) Every little bit adds up, if you ask me--and I've done an entire blog post about the subject on my Tumblr, which I'm planning to sometime update and post about here.
The point is, I don't believe that you have to spend an arm and a leg in order to do anything--and wearing Lolita is definitely one of those things! I wear a lot of offbrand items, and I would consider most of these things to be a "deal". But for the title of my best "deal", I'm going to have to go with one item in particular...
Shirring Princess JSK by Baby the Stars Shine Bright
- It is easily one of the cheapest main brand items in my closet. This beautiful piece of ~burando~ cost only $70 before shopping services and shipping. This is the usual start for an offbrand/indie brand dress, so I was stoked to get it so cheaply--and in such good condition!
- I get a lot of wear out of it. My mom has this rule of thumb she taught me ages ago: the more you use something, the better the investment. So spend a lot on something you'll use frequently. And while she told me that to convince me to buy quality walking shoes for work, I've applied it to most other things, as well.
- I had a special deal. While this doesn't usually happen--at all--I actually didn't even have to pay for SS fees on this dress! So that meant all I had to worry about was the dress and shipping. Score!
What about you? What's the best deal you've gotten on an item? How has the cost of Lolita affected how often you purchase items for it, or what items you buy? I'd love to hear about your experiences down in the comments!
The post above was a response to the Lolita 52 Week Challenge made by the ever so delightful Caro over at FYeahLolita.