I feel like I can say with pretty strong certainty that no matter where you live, there is some type of local shopping boutique in your area. If not, I’m sure you’ve been to one: whether you were on vacation somewhere or visiting a friend.
Now, I’m all for small businesses. There’s no doubt that it’s the American dream. But what I really wonder is: are these boutiques really worth it?
The High Prices
It’s been very rare that I’ve gone into a boutique where the prices weren’t incredibly high. Mind you, I have purchased items that aren’t too bad. But many times, I pick up a shirt or a dress and wonder who in their right mind would actually pay $50 for it.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that, as a small business, the prices will tend to be higher. And that’s fine. But that brings me to my next point…
The Shitty Quality
Sometimes, you just know the material of the top or dress or whatever in your hand is going to get destroyed in the wash or mangled if your jewelry snags it in just the right spot. They often become frayed, end up with holes, or are just too much of a hassle to wash.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased an incredible cute top only to have worn it once or twice before it’s rendered un-wearable. It has me wondering: why did I pay so much for this, anyway?
Here’s the thing: it’s my belief that the price of an item should be reflective of the quality. I have no problem paying a higher price for a piece of clothing that I know will last me a long time. Otherwise, why am I bothering spending my money?
All About The Hype
I don’t know about you, but I follow about 10 small boutiques on Instagram. And these girls looks wicked fashionable. (Got to love that marketing!) And I want those looks! Even if you go in and buy that outfit, how long will you even be able to wear it? It might look great the first time, but after it’s been washed and worn ragged, it just doesn’t look the same.
Side note: I have purchased some items from boutiques that have long-lasting wear. But, ironically, these were not the expensive items, they were more or less basics that are of better quality and have given me lasting power.
Think Before You Buy
As I’ve grown up, I’ve come to realize that being careful with money is extremely important. I can’t afford to buy a really cute, expensive top to only wear one time. I need clothing that will last because I can’t afford to restock my wardrobe every couple of weeks.
Before you buy anything, be sure that the quality is going to last. And no, that doesn’t mean you need to spend a boat load of money! There are plenty of low cost clothes that will last. Be mindful of what you’re putting in your closet. Don’t give into the hype of boutique shopping for the trendiness of it all.