2012: The year I broke up with The Mall

On January 16, 2012, I publicly pledged to give up buying clothes at the Mall for one whole year. Instead, I’ll keep up my thrifty ways, support more independent retailers, and build a more interesting closet for it!

I’ve invited my friends and readers to take up the pledge as well, and declare their blogs “Mall Free”. Allz you gotta do is grab a button using the code below, add it as a widget on your blog, and watch your closet grow! Magic!

My Button

<a target=’_blank’ title=’The year I broke up with The Mall’ href=’http://wesothrifty.wordpress.com/2012-the-year-i-broke-up-with-the-mall’><img src=’http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/4244/2012mallbreakup.png&#8217; border=’0’/></a>

21 responses to 2012: The year I broke up with The Mall


    Omigosh, I just found your blog (via My Edit) and am in L-o-V-e!

    I literally just wrote about wanting to cut back from fast fashion/retail shopping for the next six months, and now I find this awesome blog!

    Your outfits are awesome, I can’t believe they’re so often thrifted! You, my friend, have a new follower :)


    I commited to 90 days no shopping but have enjoyed the challenge so much it has made me rethink the shopping and how to go about it. I totally appreciate your blog.


    I really think this is a great idea… I think I’ll be doing this as well. I’ll likely be back with a link to the related post. Oh fun!


    Linking up & joining in, I tried something similar before but last momentum. Btw I usually don’t read fashion blogs but yours is different & I like!


      Awesome Charis! I find it much easy to stay on board when I know others are doing it too. I’m glad I’ve got you reading! I try to make my blog different in that I only use fashion as a starting point for other stories, and I’m happy to see others are responding.


    Hello: I love your idea. I hate the mall! I do 95% of my shopping at the Goodwill or other consignment or thrift shops. It’s like going treasure hunting. I always find beautiful designer clothing I love at awesome prices. What could be better. I am working on a blog right now (under construction). It is called “Medina Mamas”. It is for the moms in my hometown of Medina, OH. I will include your button. Thanks!


    Hi julie! I just want you to know that ever since I found your blog, a couple of months ago, I’ve been doing more and more thrift store shopping…..and I have to say… I LOVE IT! So for this new year thats about to begin I want to take the pledge! You’ve also inspired me to write about these wonderful “get more for your money” outings. So as of January 2013 ive decided to start blogging about it and would love to start off by getting a button from you, of course only if you don’t mind. Keep up the great job! Your finds are amazing and I love your sence of style. Thank you soo much and I look forward to hearing from you soon!


      Leslie, I never tire of messages like this! I’m so glad I’ve provided some thrift-spiration to you! And I’ll have to check out the blog as soon as its up! I’ve just refreshed my blog layout, so I haven’t yet had a chance to create some updated buttons, but they should be added to my “about” page before the new year. Best of luck with the new blog!


    I am so glad I found your website. I just decided today to go a year with only buying secondhand clothing for a couple of reasons. 1. I have enough clothes to last me all year. 2. I want to save money. 3. I want to develop my own sense of style. How the heck am I supposed to do that by wearing the same clothing as everyone else?!

    I can’t wait to read all of your posts.


    I just found your blog and YAY! Congratulations on your commitment. Last year, June 1 actually, I had my own break up with mall/department stores. I have solely thrifted since that time (save for bras and skivvies) and I have had a blast trying to find the most amazing deals ever. I am a more mature shopper (and by “mature” I do not refer to thought processes or sense of humor – those are quite juvenile) and have never developed a sense of any type of style outside of jeans and a sweater. Thrifting gives me the opportunity to be dangerous and crazy and buy things waaaay outside of my comfort zone. For $10 I can have a whole new outfit and if I detest it, so what! I can rethrift it or hack it up into something new.

    I’m thrilled to see other people have the same thoughts I do. Makes me feel less crazy. Keep on keepin’ on thrift style!

      Julie Van Huizen April 3, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Preach it! Happy to have another anti-mall activist as a reader ;) My style has also gotten so much more adventure and varied since I went thrift-only. I’m never going back, either. :D

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