What is an ‘investment piece’? Is it just another way of saying ‘expensive’ or are there times when it makes good financial sense to pay more for something? The best way to weigh up the true value of something is to calculate the cost per use.
This is a method that you can apply to all of your fashion and homeware purchases, allowing a whole new perspective on how and where to spend your hard-earned cash. It may even make you realise that those purchases that you thought were a no-brainer bargain actually ended up costing you more in the long run.
Cost per use is the price of an item divided by the total number of times you use it. You also need to consider hidden costs too, such as cleaning or repair. This method makes you realistically look at how long you expect or want a piece to last.
The next time you’re weighing up whether an investment piece is worth it, apply to cost per use method and be really honest with yourself about your expectations. Doing so means you’ll have items in your wardrobe and pieces in your home that you will treasure for years to come.
So what is the cost per use for our alpaca baby products?
Our baby blankets range in price from £139 to £195 for full price items. Let’s say you use the blanket for the first two years of your baby’s life. Our blankets aren’t just for winter use. Baby alpaca fibre has incredible thermal qualities, keeping baby cool in the summer and warm in the winter. So if you’re using it for three days a week throughout the year for two years, that’s over 300 uses at just £0.65 per use! And that’s a conservative estimate. A baby blanket is the most used and versatile item in your baby’s closet. It can be used in a pram, cost and in your home. Because of the size of our blankets, and the quality, they will be incredibly useful accessories until your child is 3 or 4 years old. At which point, they make lovely lap blankets for grown-ups!
What’s more, our baby blankets don’t need costly dry cleaning or regular washing. Alpaca actively repels dirt and liquids and spills don’t sink into it like they do with cotton or other materials. Instead liquids will form as beads and run off the surface. Dry dirt can simply be shaken off. In most cases, the natural qualities of alpaca fibre will do the hard work for you. And our premium alpaca fibre doesn’t pill like cashmere so your item will keep its pristine beauty for years. Those hidden costs that you might get with wool or cashmere items simply don’t exist with alpaca.
We all know how quickly babies grow, so baby clothing is a little bit different. But buying a size up that they can wear across a couple of seasons in the year, using the piece on your next child or passing it onto friends or family members all bring the cost per use down even further. And don’t forget, by dressing your baby in alpaca, they’re wearing a fabric that is lanolin-free and doesn’t contain any of the irritants or chemicals that other fabrics contain. What price do you put on that?