Posts Categorized: thrifting

The Dark Side of Thrifting

Pitfalls of secondhand shopping

I want you all to thrift shop. Do you hear me? I WANT THAT. Because thrift shopping teaches stylish people that value is relative, that clothing needn’t be expensive to be good, that trends can be procured for pennies, that style doesn’t have to come from a mall, that recycling doesn’t just mean putting your soda cans out for pickup every week, that the number on the size tag is totally arbitrary …

Thrifting is good. And I love it.

BUT. It will occasionally bite a gal in the ass. Especially if that gal becomes a serial thrifter. There are some dangers inherent to having access to a stream of ridiculously cheap clothing, and they include: read more

Originally posted 2011-08-16 06:02:36.

Your Thrifting Checklist

Thinking of thrifting up a storm this month? Here are some tips to ponder before you hit the shops:

  • Check organization websites for coupons or deal days (50% off purple tags on Thursday, and the like).
  • If you’re shopping at a place that takes donations from the public, bring YOUR giveaway pile. Often, you’ll get a coupon to shop just for donating.

  • Either wear something that’s easy to tear off (a dress and slip-on shoes) or underlayers that will serve as a bodysuit (leggings and a tank) in case you end up somewhere sans dressing rooms.
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    Originally posted 2011-03-04 06:01:33.

    Reader Request: Budget Shopping. No, Really

    How to shop on a very small budgetThe Raisin Girl asked this question ages ago:

    I’d love to see more on budget style. I see a lot about budget style all over the internet, but the women writing these articles seem to have much larger budgets than me. I was raised to shop clearance, to buy cheaply even if you didn’t like what you bought as much. I’ve been talked out of many items of clothing that I LOVED and would have worn endlessly, simply because they were pricier. And the weird thing is, we weren’t badly off. I could have afforded those items, but I didn’t. Now that I’m working part-time and going to school, I don’t have much extra income, so it sucks that NOW is when I learn it’s not a crime to pay more than $20 for a good pair of jeans. So basically, how do gals budget-shop, when they’re REALLY on a tight budget? read more

    Originally posted 2010-08-23 05:36:00.