Perhaps one of the most frustrating things about shopping for clothing at the mall is the cost of the items, particularly when the shopper knows that they will be slashed to a fraction of the original cost midway through the season. Shopping thrift stores and consignment shops does mean forgoing the current look but the low prices mean that the shopper can buy more clothing and developed a varied wardrobe.
Fashionable Used Clothing at Resale Shops
Clothing makes it ways to thrift stores and consignment shops every time someone cleans their closet. A quick look at one’s own closet will reveal that some of the clothing there no longer fits, never fit, is an awful color, was a deal (yet the price tag is still on), or was worn once for a special occasion. Take all those items and bring them to the local thrift store and give other clothing a good home.
Shopping at used clothing stores is different from going to the mall. Items tend to be one of a kind so if the size is off or the style is wonderful but the color is hideous, then there are no options. Also, a shirt from Wal-mart could be next to a shirt from an upscale shop. Resale shops mean the shopper gives up the convenience of going for a particular store’s style and looking for what they find appealing.
Creating a Personal Style at Consignment Shops
Quantities at some shops is overwhelming, with all long sleeve shirts grouped together on one rack and all skirts on another. Unlike mall stores, don’t plan on finding ideas for great outfits on mannequins. For the individual interested in developing a unique style, this situation is a blank canvas.
Because prices are lower in resale shops than in mall stores, it is easier to try a color that seems too risky or a style that’s different from what one is used to wearing. Go in with a budget (some stores only deal in cash, so this can help) and a plan to stay focused. Limit shopping to finding a black skirt or two new blouses. Even limitations can allow for creativity when the shopper who only wears solids walks out with a print blouse.
Generating Interesting Outfits with Resale Clothing
Remember that used clothing doesn’t mean a store filled with ugly fashions from thirty years ago. Some clothing ends up at thrift stores within a year. Unless the individual’s a maven of the fashion industry, chances are they won’t know if a shirt is six months or six years old. This gives the shopper the opportunity to find clothing in flattering colors and styles that aren’t on the racks at the trendy mall stores.
Have fun creating outfits that combine masculine and feminine styles, gothic with girlie, bohemian with the tailored. Unless the individual loves their personal fashion style, try to purchase one item that stretches one’s fashion comfort zone for every four standard items bought at thrift stores.
Because prices are lower at thrift stores and consignment shops, it is easier for the shopper to be open to trying new styles and colors. Still, don’t fill one’s closet with items that are never worn just because they are inexpensive. Purchase great items that fit and make the wearer smile.