Okay, by now I think you’ve seen the two commonalities between shopping and saving money for me. If you haven’t well it is quite my thing. I am a firm believer that you don’t have to break the bank to look good. The dresses above were both purchased on clearance with 70% off the already low price. With all the sales, deals, dupes, and creativity running wild amidst us, there really is no need to go above what’s in your pockets. Thrifting gives us the chance to explore multiple decades under one roof in the current decade. How cool is that!
What’s neat is by thrifting, saving money is not the best part. Finding unique items that you have yet to see anyone else in, or how about that cute little dress you can find for more than half off, my favorite … acquiring name brand pieces to your wardrobe for way less than retail value, all great reasons that make thrifting fun.
Now, I don’t go thrifting often but, when I do, I dedicate quite a portion of my time to find the best pieces possible. To do this, I have to find thrift stores in the best areas. Location matters! Location matters! Location matters! I cannot stress that enough. One of the tops reasons I hear people don’t like thrifting is because they fail to find anything “good”. It’s not because thrifting is bad, maybe, just maybe it’s the location. Try a different location before giving it another go.
The thrift store I go to the most is Goodwill. Think of Goodwill as a one-stop-shop. There, you can find the most random Knick knacks while finding some of the best vintage clothing. Depending on which one I go to determines the success of my shopping trip. Even though it’s the same company, the locations are different, which translates to the people in the surrounding areas being different. The ending result being different items.
Up next is Plato’s closet. This is one that I don’t tend to shop at often but now and then I take a peek inside to see if anything tickles my fancy. Sometimes I end up scoring big while other times not so much but that’s to be expected. Plato’s closet is a teen to young adult store that is more on the trendy side of fashion.
Once Upon A Child
Can’t forget about the babies and mommies! Once upon a child is great for mothers and expecting mothers. Offering gently used to new items for both babies and moms, the prices are some of the best. A bonus = they offer many unique sales throughout the year.
Location, pricing, and niche. Keep these 3 in mind when trying to find a thrift store to best fit your needs.
Quick Announcement: If you have clothes in decent condition you can always donate them to Goodwill, sell them to Plato’s Closet or Once upon a child.
If you’re reading this… it's not too late. Lol who doesn't love some Drake? But seriously it's not too late and it does apply to you. There seems to be a status quo surrounding anything we do in life. Just like rules, they are everywhere. I am here today to say to you forget the status quo. Break the status quo. Do your own thing and don’t be afraid. Don’t hesitate to do things a little different. And when you do your own thing be confident in all you do. If you ever for a second doubt what you are doing remember that some of the greatest dared to step outside the perfectly outlined box to try something different. In the end if we all do the same things “as expected” where is the fun in that? Where is the uniqueness?
I often hear the quote
“No one is you and that is your superpower” – Elyse Santilli
Then why don’t we take more advantage of it. We talk the talk so why not walk the walk. If being ourselves is our superpower then we shouldn’t by any means be trying to fit in or do the same as everyone else. I recently embarked on a new project and when I did I went about seeking tips that could benefit me on my new venture. The tips were across the board unanimous. Then I decided I would do a little research of my own actually analyzing some accounts to see what conclusions I could draw myself. After doing so, I quickly realized uniformity. What I was analyzing looked the same. The only difference was the name of the account I was analyzing. I then decided that I would march to the beat of my own drums. Yes, the tips given were amazing but they weren’t me. They didn’t represent me or what I wanted to do, not to mention my vision. In hindsight I had to pass. I had to pass on the status quo that was expected of me on this new venture I was heading towards. I knew that I wanted to be different. To be different one must perform differently. I didn’t want to be in the status quo but rather break it.
Sometimes doing so tends to be a little challenging especially when everyone goes right and you turn left. But in the spirit of being ourselves lets continue to take advantage of the best superpower there ever was. The one that is truly unique and cannot be copied. Break the status quo using your superpower!
Some wardrobe pieces will forever be a classic, especially since fashion is recycled. Do your closet a favor and spice it up with these must have essential staple pieces.
White Button Down
Behold, the all-rounder effortless piece. I absolutely love a high functional versatile piece as they can be paired with many outfits to serve looks. The ability to switch from casual to business to happy hour within a few seconds is everything. A white button down gives that ability. Pieces > items any day. You may be wondering what’s the difference. Pieces are essential, a staple, and offers versatility.
Camis, joggers, hoodies, T-shirts, leggings, and more, Forever21 and
https://www.nakedwardrobe.com/ offers some of the best selections. My favorite thing about basics is the comfort while looking cute. Basics are good for just about any season and style preference.
“Black cards, black cars, all black everything” Jay – Z
When in doubt think black. Perfect for any occasion, black is one of those colors that anyone can pull off. When I go shopping I automatically opt for the black if it’s an option, I didn’t realize this until I noticed my closet was more than 50% black. But, lucky for me that means easy pairing.
Once upon a time my favorite color was green until a few years ago when I fell in love with a clean aesthetic. Neutral colors are a must! So easy to style there’s almost no thinking required. Nudes, Browns, White, Grey, sand, ivory, cream, olive, khaki, etc.
Like a little black dress your wardrobe isn’t complete without a blocked heel. Blocked heels are the training wheels on your first bicycle before you become fully confident in going solo! The best thing is the accessibility. Blocked heels can be found pretty much anywhere shoes are sold.
They add style, flair, height, and comfortability.
No matter your style your closet will definitely have space for these pieces and thank you too!
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If you’re anything like me, seeing that statement automatically shifts your gears into writing shopping or something of the nature. Shopping has always been a go-to hobby of mine, but it wasn’t until I received my first card (debit card) when things really amped up. At 16 years old I could now purchase online! I heard bells ring every time I clicked checkout, they would ring even louder when I knew I was saving some $$. Over the years it is safe to say I have saved thousands of dollars with the outline I provided below. The best part is these tips work instore or online, as well as on anything being sold, not just clothes or shoes, but literally anything.
1. Always try to find a discount code/coupon
There’s always a good chance you’ll be able to find a discount code via your inbox or a third party website. Before continuing your purchase be sure to check sites such as https://www.retailmenot.com/
They make it quite easy and accessible to save $$ off your purchase. The site even offers a personalized feature to enhance user experience. Other sites are available so do a quick little search before checking out.
2. Sign up for emails (don’t neglect the emails, scan them for codes before making a purchase)
Emails can be a drag, consistently taking up space in your inbox but they do offer value. Besides, you can always update your email preferences to your liking. Companies want you to feel special, preferred , one of a kind. What better way than to show some appreciation via the inbox. Signing up for an email = incentives. For just signing up 9/10 you’ll receive a code for your first purchase. Whether in store or online scan your inbox for any discounts before continuing your purchase!
3. If it’s an item you don’t need right away in the pricey side : monitor the item. Sites such as https://www.shoptagr.com/ will help with that
Let’s be honest; when you shop do you do so for wants or needs mostly? If you answered wants then this tip is for you. Items go on sale all the time! It’s just a matter of when. To monitor an item yourself takes time and effort that you may not have to give. Use resources. Shoptagr is an extension plug that allows you to do the easy part (sit and relax) while they do the work. They will monitor an item for you notifying when it goes on sale or comes back in stock. Think of them as a free internet assistant.
4. Download the companies app (exclusive offers)
Apps, like emails are a way for companies to provide a means of communication to their customers. Companies often send out information to these two channels first seeing the recipients as preferred customers. For example, forever 21 will have a coupon code only accepted with use of their app. Whether it’s a discount, product launch, or some type of exclusive news, being loyal pays, literally.
5. Shop around : don’t purchase at the first place. Explore options and prices
If you don’t need an item right away, shop around! Compare prices. Sometimes the savings on the price tag is a monumental difference.
My favorite example is Colourpop. Colourpop offers a wide selection of cosmetics with similar colors to that of their competitors for a much lower cost. Quality vs quantity is important, however sometimes the only difference is the price tag. Expensive doesn’t always mean better.
7. If you can avoid paying for shipping
In my years of shopping I am very proud to say I have only paid a shipping fee once. In that case I had a deadline to meet for a product I needed. If not you can bet that $4.95 fee would be in my pocket. There’s plenty of ways to avoid shipping costs.
8. Set a budget!
The most important tip of all! Set a budget. This is the holy grail for shopping as it will allow you to stay on track, not spending above your means. Shopping is great but having money is even better.
You can have the best of both worlds saving money and a good retail therapy spree. Just follow these tips and incorporate some of your own. Money is a tool, utilize it well.