Bargains in Second-hand Clothing That Can Look Quite Distinctive!
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If you think that designer clothes or chic outfits are available only
at expensive department stores or posh boutiques, you can think again!
Yes, the genuine branded items can only come from special outlets; but
if you wish to stock up your wardrobe, then look for bargains at second-hand
shops and stores. If you do not believe us, ask Irene Mylan,
the owner of Clothes Circuit in Dallas, Texas. Or even the author of “Secondhand
Chic”, Christa Weil. And if you go to a Consignment shop, you can even
pick up designer stuff that is almost brand new (that is, if you do not
mind shelling out a bundle!).
The experts in second-hand bargains have these few tips to share—
(1) There are varied ways to find shops that deal with used clothing—Yellow
Pages, telephone directory, the local library, Internet, friends, and
fellow customers in stores. Thrift, used clothing, and charity stores
refer to thrift items. Vintage or Retro stores yield vintage products.
Second-hand clothing stores and used women’s clothing will take you to
(2) If you are on the lookout for apparel that stands out, check for
differently-shaped cuffs, welted (they look like mail slots) buttonholes,
stylish buttons, beautiful interior seams, or other unusual details. Whatever
has been designed with a lot of thought and care is definitely a quality
(3) You have to check that the outfit fits you before you purchase it.
Hold the garment against your body—how does it hang in relation to your
bust, arms, waistline, and legs? If it is possible to try it out, then
so much the better. In fact, you better insist on it before you part with
your cash; remember, once purchased, it cannot be returned. Where vintage
clothes are concerned, pat them gently for they are delicate. Should you
rip or tear something while examining them, you will have no choice but
to buy something that you might not really need.
(4) A special tip where vintage
clothes are concerned. The important aspects to be considered
are the style, workmanship, and price. The style and workmanship should
be of top quality, and look absolutely great on you! Then, you can go
ahead and purchase it. You will realize with experience that what you
get here will be of much higher quality than what you would get for the
same price at an ordinary retail store.
(5) Finally, experience will make you wiser and wiser. Do not keep purchasing
more and more stuff just because you have a few dollars to spend. Save
up for something really classy that you can don for many years!
Okay, we have been referring to certain terms all this time, such as
thrift, vintage, etc. Let us see what they really mean—
(1) Second-hand or used or resale items refer to the same thing—what
has been utilized before but is still in a good enough condition to be
(2) Flea markets,
Goodwill Stores and Salvation Army deal with thrift items. These are low-priced
(3) Consignment stores
offer a little higher quality; the clothing on display may be just one
or two years old. The seller and the shop owner share the profits of sales.
(4) Vintage refers to apparel from past eras such as Victorian, disco
outfits, etc. (right from 1800s to the 1970s).
Now, why are consignment stores so special?
(1) You can get better fabrics here than in other places. The cut and
design of the clothes is different.
(2) Despite that, you can save at least 70% off retail.
(3) Of course, Armani and other branded items may allow you to save just
30% to 40%, but something like a Calvin Klein pantsuit can be obtained
for just a few hundred dollars!
(4) These are the places where the rich and famous download their clothes
once they are through with them. So shop when it is halfway through a
season—you will get the best bargains and a wonderful wardrobe!