Monday, January 5, 2009

Dress Fashionable with a Really Tight Budget

Ok, so times are tough. Very tough, indeed. Probably you are struggling to get by; pay utilities, rent or mortgage, insurance bills and after all that you barely have some cash left for food! I know how it feels and have been going through it myself here at home. So, being a fashion lover has impulsed me into checking out different ways to get cool clothes for a fraction of the cost. I'm not talking 20, 30 or 50% off; I'm saying 75 or 80%. I mean, really, who in their right mind can shop designer nowadays? I'm guessing a really low persentage of the world's population can enjoy such a luxury. Well to help our pockets, the environment (the average american throws away 63 pounds of clothing a year) and to keep us from not having anything cool to wear I'm sharing these ideas with you all. Hope they help you as much as they have helped me!

Shop in thrift stores:
Thrift stores are shops that sell used (but in great condition) clothing, shoes and accessories donated by other people. Usually thrift stores are owned by charities, they sell their items very cheap and most of the moeny goes to a good cause. So here you help yourself get some new stuff and you are supporting something great.
Shop in consignment stores:
These shops recieve and sell used/great condition clothing. You take your clothes and they give you some money back if they sell it (but they stay with a persentage) or they give you credit so you can get some clothes from the same store.

Shop at the end of a season:
Why? Because stores need to make room for their new inventory, that's why! You can find clothes to up to 75% in discount. Don't need winter clothes until next winter? Well, even better stock up now and you don't have to buy later!

Hold a huge yard sale:
Yes, take all that clutter and sell it. If you don't have any cash to buy clothes in the first place, sell clothes you haven't worn in 3 months. Or sell up some other stuff you have lying around. Please don't think "I might need this later". Whatever you haven't used in a while (unless it's like antique or really important) sell and make some money out of it. I think this is a good idea for families that have kids that need new school clothes, backpacks etc.

Hope all this info makes you a teeny bit richer in knowledge and in your pockets. Let me know what you all think! What do you do to get the "latest fashions" without going broke? Have a cool idea? Tell us!! Well until next blog, take care!


  1. All great ideas, I love the thrill of the hunt at the thrift store. I only feel badly for fashion designers, doesn't look like there is a very open market for them these days.

  2. This is wild, that you're a civil engineer who wants to get into fashion... I've been working in fashion for over 25 years and if I could do it all over again, I'd be a civil engineer. Or a mechanical engineer. You might be interested in my blog on how to start a clothing line.

  3. My secret weapon:

    I go there to sell clothes and buy new ones at a discount. They always have some Betsey Johnson pieces, it's an entire store of cute stuff, and it's hella cheap :D

  4. Such great ideas!! I too love the thrill of the hunt at the thrift stores. Have a great day!

  5. I always shop end of season!
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