As you prepare new goals and resolutions for 2013, everyone should also be cleaning out their wardrobe and finding new gear for the New Year. Fashion forward individuals have relied on thrifting for ages to keep their wardrobe updated without breaking the bank and in today’s economy the art of buying vintage and used clothing is something that all should be comfortable with. For the majority living in major cities, events and parties happen often and finding new clothes for every public appearance becomes costly. Turning to thrift stores to find unique pieces will not only help you stand out, but will also help your checking account and credit look just as great in the process.
While the art of buying used isn’t always easy, finding good bargains can be done with three simple tips.
One, It’s All In The Name. It’s important to know the difference between vintage and consignment boutiques and thrift shops because that difference affects the price. Vintage and consignment boutiques usually means a higher price. A vintage or consignment shop is where your favorite socialites and stylists shop to find handbags, belts, suits, gowns and dresses by top designers. While shopping vintage is great for special occasions, vintage boutiques aren’t always great for finding steals and bargains.
Some shops do have great vintage looks at affordable prices, such as B.O.R.N. boutique in Harlem.
Second, Chain Thrifts are your Friend. Thrift Shops are where the bargains are, but it comes at the price of sifting through old, tattered clothing to find that diamond in the rough. Every trip doesn’t guarantee a find, but with patience, a good cleaners and a great tailor, there is something to be found.
Salvation Army, United Way and Good Will thrift stores receive a large amount of donations because of their legacy. Like with everything else, people go with what they know so when individuals are looking to clean out their closet, they often call on these organizations to donate their gently worn items. Several of these chains also partner with several major retailers who donate out of season, unopened and items that can’t be sold to these stores weekly. While merchandise at chain thrifts are often sorted by color instead of sizes, making shopping cumbersome, the likelihood of coming across new garments and everyday pieces to expand your wardrobe can happen frequently.
Third, Shopping in Better Neighbors Makes for Better Finds. Shopping in affluent neighborhoods makes for a better shopping experience. Their stores not only tend to be better managed and organized, their clothes are often a reflection of the individuals living in those neighborhoods. While stereotyping is often not a good thing, when it comes to thrifting it certainly can make a huge differences.
Take these tips as you prep your wardrobe for the New Year and leave some of your thrifting tips in the comments.
– Byron Edward
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