I have bought designer handbags, scarves, dresses, skirts, tops, jackets, shoes, jewelry and lots of other clothing items at thrift shops, yard sales, consignment shops. When checking out you always feel that you have gotten a huge value and that you’ve made your budget stretch to a new shopping level! Not only that all the things there have already been washed and have done all the shrinking they’re going to do. How often have you bought something, paid a lot of money for it, just to wash it and it shrinks? It is the ultimate if you are a black-belt shopper! Really, if you’re a “shopper” it’s not necessarily where you shop, but that you are shopping at all. Here are a few rules I follow:
1. If it doesn’t fit perfectly now, it won’t later. Soooo, don’t buy it!
2. If you don’t absolutely love it, LEAVE it. You’re not going to grow to love it anymore tomorrow than today!
3. Set a firm budget before you go into the store.
4. Shoes and any type of leather products need to be in excellent condition. No wear especially on shoes!5. Sometimes when you “thrift” you are going to leave empty handed. It’s o.k. Don’t get discouraged! Next time you could make a haul!
6. Look for traditional pieces that won’t go out of style quickly and are timeless.
One of my best all time thrifted items is a suede jacket, bought for $8! It was from a major “outdoor” outfitter with the tags still hanging on it! Originally the jacket was well over $200!
If you want to read more about gettin’ your thrift on, there is a comrade fasionista christian lady blogger, Jen, and you can see her thrifting victories at http://beautyandbedlam.com/category/fashion/. She is the queen of thrift! You would not believe some of the beautiful clothes and accessories that she finds! So, go share the love and visit her. Make sure to leave her a comment saying Outfit31 sent ya!
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