The first one: The more, the better.
Sometimes I bought as much as I'm able to. I love visiting flea markets, thrifting whatever I find for a few euros and mix-and-matching to get my best outfit. I enjoy sales, finding bargains and clearance racks. When I'm in this attitude, I end up purchasing many new items in a short period of time and for a (let's say) reasonable amount of money.
In this way I have collected amazing bags or skirts like this, all them which I adore, but I have also bought many other things I really don't die for, like this jacket I've never worn much. Of course I had a good time and I've managed to have a large wardrobe, so that's enough.
I paid 5 € for these shoes and they've been worn a couple of times.
The second one: Better quality than quantity.
Whenever I'm fed up with shopping 'rubish' and I realize I do not need anything (or I'll need a new house if I don't give up shopping), I just start with this second way, which consists of not buying much but certain garments which I consider basics or I know I'll use for ages. Just one delicious thing that I know I will enjoy. A not-so-cheap vintage dress. A wool black skirt that flatters me above all. A basic blouse which I`ll wear with everything. A couple of things for a long term. Sometimes they are expensive (others they are not), but I don't mind since I know they worth it. In this way, I usually spend less money (because I buy less stuff) and enjoy every garment as if it was the only one.
That's the way I did when buying this skirt I wear here, here, here, here and whenever I don't know what to dress up. Other examples: my gym bag, the patent belt I'd wear everyday or that dress I'll never get rid of.
These are my favourite jeans. I don't really wear them often,
just because I feel better in dresses/skirts. Some time ago I
gave up owning 20 pairs of jeans to have just three: a pair of
skinny, a pair of black jeans and these by miss sixty whose
original price was 145 € and I bought for 60 €. It was
four years ago and I do know it was a good invest.
I really mix both attitudes when shopping... As soon as I have used one of them for long, I just need to change to the opposite. And of course, I find some terms of scrimping and saving absolutely necessary so as to love shopping and to feel it as a gift.
What about you and your shopping experience?