This last April I was super excited to attend a formal dinner event. Though I was excited, I did not know what to wear. I was not willing to spend more than $30 on a new outfit. My family is on a tight budget and we could not afford to spend more than this for an outfit for our special occasion. So what did I do? I went to garage sales and thrift stores and came out looking like a star for less than $30, just as I intended! You too can find a wonderful used outfit for a decent price for almost any occasion! Here are a few tips when looking for used clothing:
- Don’t buy it unless you absolutely love it!
- Thoroughly check for stains, holes, tears, etc.
- Be patient. Do not be discouraged if you do not find what you are looking for at the first thrift store you go to.
- Take your time. If you have an event that you know about way ahead of time, start looking for your outfit now! It can take a little extra time to find that “perfect” outfit when shopping used.
- Thrift stores are not your only option. Don’t forget to look at garage sales and Internet swap and shop pages.
- Be flexible. If you have a specific idea of what outfit you want, you will need to be flexible with that idea when shopping used. Be open and creative with whatever you stumble upon. It is always a fun surprise when shopping used because you never know what wonderful treasure you will find!
First, I bought my dress from a garage sale for $10. The dress was brand new with tags. It originally cost $90. I also had to have the dress altered slightly because I am so petite. The alteration cost $10. I suggest finding a local small business to do your alterations. I went to a woman who works out of her home and she was great! Then I started to look for shoes. I found my shoes at a thrift store for only $4! What a deal! I had to go to a few thrift stores before I came across this wonderful deal. Next, it was time to accessorize. The only accessory I bought to go with my outfit was a necklace from a different thrift store which cost $4. The pins that I used in my hair I already had at home. So in the end, I spent $28. By the looks of my outfit though, you would have thought I spent $100!
I hope this encourages you to save money by shopping used. Just because something is used does not mean it will look bad and out of style. For more inspiration on dressing beautifully, affordable, and consciously, check out Going2Natural’s Style Revival!