03 June 2010

Rules of Frugal Shopping

To get the most out of your frugal second-hand store finds, I've come up with a few rules  that will prevent you from becoming discourage in your quest:

  • Know your Fashion Personality: This is the key for shopping success! Understanding your fashion identity will prevent you from purchasing something that's "not you".  
  • Get over yourself: This simply means to stop being a snob. Second-hand stores sometimes have weird smells and interesting shopping companions. Get used to it. That's the trade off for getting a BRAND NEW WITH TAGS MARC JACOBS SKIRT for $5.49.
  • This is a marathon and not a sprint: Expect to spend a minimum of 2 hours hunting for goods. Yes, 2 hours. Going rack by rack to find the good stuff takes time. My quest can take up to 4 hours.
  • Try on everything: I've scouted items that appeared to be in good shape,but after trying it on; I discovered imperfections.
  • Wear comfortable clothes: Leggings or jeans with a long button down shirt make for easy on and off fitting room exchanges. Also, carry a purse that you can strap across your body. Once I became so excited over a find, that I left my purse unattended in the cart. One of the interesting shopping companions became interested in my purse. 
and last but not least...

If  you do not have an established relationship with a tailor, skip an item that is too big, too long, or needs extensive repairs.

If you would never pay full price for it, skip it.

Walk away from clothing that's not practical. For example, an evening gown if you never go to evening events. Even if its really cute and really cheap.

So there you have it, folks. Happy Shopping!


    1. Great advice. I used to shop at second hand stores all the time but I obviously forgot the rules. I've got to s aside time to really look through all that is in the store. I forgot that. Thanks Jana!

    2. OF Course, Dayna! It's the thrill of the hunt when you shop second hand!


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