Ever wonder how that one friend you have always has the cutest clothes? “OMG, where did you get that cute outfit?” When I tell them from the clearance rack or a certain Thrift store, their answer is always, “REALLY?” Thrifting is almost an art form with me and there are definitely right and wrong ways to do it.FASHION ON A BUDGET 028

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Fashion on a budget

Published 6:48am Thursday, May 9, 2013

It really is simple. I LOVE to shop and I LOVE clothes. So given the opportunity to come up with as many outfits that $50.00 could buy was right up my alley. For me, saving money on clothes is one of the best adrenaline rushes……..next to riding a rollercoaster.

When I think back as a child of the 70’s, I recall my Mom bought “Garanimal” clothes for me and my sisters. These were the clothes that were economical and versatile. She taught me how to shop for those classic pieces and to always spend wisely. I owe most of my fashion sense to my Mother. Here are some of my tips on finding your next great deal.


• Tear out a picture from a magazine and look for similar items at the Thrift stores

• Look for Classics (cardigans, A-line skirts, white dress shirts, and trench-style coats)

• Watch for the High-end labels

• Stick with basic colors (black, white, tan, grey, brown, navy)

• Use prints in sweaters or coats to pair with black dress pants or a skirt

• Get a few “trendy” items

• Don’t forget accessories: belts, purses, scarves and jewelry (the “wallet-busting”pieces).


The best part, besides saving a lot of money and getting some great “new” clothes, is that my money goes to help others. Thrifting is not everyone’s cup of tea. You can still help by donating your unwanted items, volunteering your time, or giving a cash donation to help your local thrift stores. Second-hand is no longer second-best; it is about sharing wants and needs with others around the community.

By Deanna Klein

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