I try to dress well. I present myself in a way that makes me feel confident, and wearing brand new, fresh clothing is the easiest way I can chase that feeling. The only downside to this style high? It’s not easy on my good ol’ wallet.
Anyone who knows me knows that I typically won’t pay full price for anything. That’s not to say I’m cheap, I just go about curating my closet in a…craftier way.
First and foremost, the most obvious way to get new (to you) clothes on a budget is shopping at the thrift store. Once you get past that signature thrift store smell (how do they all smell exactly the same ?!) you can really get into the excitement of the hunt. And besides, finding Cole Haan shoes for $5.00 will make your effort totally worth it.
Now, there are a few different varieties when it comes to stores of the thrift kind. The small local owned thrift stores have the benefit of setting one price for everything: $3.00 for shoes, $5.00 for pants, $2.00 for shirts. These fixed prices afford you the luxury of scoring an excellent deal. Most locally owned thrift stores look like your typical Mom&Pop shop, so be on the look out when you’re driving through new places. The only thing to remember here is that designer clothes are typically much harder to come by (kind of like a unicorn).
Next you’ve got the shopping mall of thrift stores, like Value Village or Goodwill. Stores like this are generally chains, operated by some corporation somewhere. While you are more likely to find one (or two, or three) in every city across the country, you’ll have a harder time finding “deals” on sought-after items. They’ve realized that when someone donates a pair of Diesel jeans they can get more than $3.00 for them.
Lastly, you’ve got consignment stores. These are a little different from regular thrift shops; owners select the items they want to resell in their store from those who consign (usually a trade is involved in this deal–money, or credit for other items), the selection of merchandise is usually more specific (current trends, for a specific market), and the prices are slightly higher. If you’re really into higher quality stuff or you’re a designer shopper, you’ll have a lot of luck in places like this.
Believe it or not, there are a few more things I enjoy about shopping thrift than anywhere else. When shopping in a thrift store, you only have to look in your size section. The biggest letdown of shopping in places set up like H&M or Zara is finding a blazer that you love only to realize after excitedly flipping through the rack, that they have every size except yours (and they don’t have any in the back either). At the thrift store you don’t have to deal with that kind of heartbreak.
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