The very best way to save money on fashions is to shop thrift stores, consignment shops and garage sales. This doesn’t mean you have to swear off of new clothes, shoes and accessories. What it does mean is that you can accessorize and supplement to enhance your wardrobe at a fraction of the price you would pay retail.
I found the sterling silver earrings above at a garage sale this weekend and paid the asking price of $3. No, you don’t have to be a haggler to get a great deal. These pretty little bobs will be a gift to a friend who loves silver, only because they are a bit too small for me. The retail price on these babies would be at least $20 – what a great savings!
I formerly owned a consignment shop and can attest to the great bargains customers get in these establishments. I remember Dana Buchman suits, Ann Taylor dresses, J. Jill outfits, brand new Coach and Dooney Burke purses and Via Spiga shoes that would have (and did) startle seasoned bargain hunters. The list is too long to present, but trust me; you should visit a few consignment shops to get a feel for how fabulous you can be at a ridiculously low price.
Thrift stores are also wonderful places to find treasures but it is more work, in my opinion, than either the garage sales or the consignment shops. Thrift stores have changed a bit in recent years by hiring experts in both upscale fashion and antiques. A few will still have real deals, but again, you’ll work to find them. With garage sales, the prices are generally the best and with consignment stores you may pay a little more than a thrift shop, but everything is presorted for you.
I'll cover these three sources of bargains in more detail in the future, but don't wait! Jump in now and start saving. You'll feel fabulous when you find that first big bargain.
Remember - have fun!