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Be Frugal and Fashionably Fabulous Without Paying Designer Prices at Goodwill Thrift Stores


Even in today’s economy, you can be fashionable and glamorous and it really can be rather easy if you know exactly how to stretch out your wardrobe bucks.

Designer Clothes

Upscale consignment stores are popping up all over the country.  You’ll find designer consignment stores with clothing bargains galore for women’s designer clothing, children (Once Upon a Child), teens (Platos Closet) and yes, even wedding gowns, bridesmaid gowns, mother-of-the-bride dresses, prom dresses and evening wear.  As a matter of fact, I have my own mother-of-the-bride gown that I wore to my daughter’s wedding listed at an upscale consignment store here in Connecticut.

Shopping Haul

In an earlier post I spoke to how I am a closet thrift store shopper and enjoy the thrill of the hunt when visiting Goodwill Industries Stores.  Some of my major hauls have included name brands by Armani, Banana Republic, Bebe, Chicos, Coldwater Creek, Escada, Guess, Juicy Couture, Tahari and Talbots.

Some say being frugal yet fashionably dressed is close to impossible on a tight budget. But it actually can be quite simple and you can get that haute look and dress for less if you know exactly how to stretch your wardrobe dollars.

It’s trendy to try to get a great deal and the savviest shoppers take pride in anting up next to nothing for their fashion finds. Whether you’re getting ready for a wedding or high school prom, or just want to refreshen your wardrobe, here are some tips to help you create your own individual style on a budget.

You’ll come across many hard-to-find items at hard-to-beat prices.

Plan ahead. Scour thrift store and consignment store racks for traditionally expensive items like cashmere or new, with tag (NWT) in-vogue bathing suits or formal wear.

Many of the prized gems are often tucked away in unusual spots by the store employees for their own future purchase.  Keep an eye out for designer clothing such as dresses, jackets or tops mixed in among the draperies and linens.  Don’t be surprised if you find womens tops or blouses mixed in with the mens shirts.

Blend high-end pieces with inexpensive items. Inexpensive and exorbitant easily go together to help create an unusual, individualized style.

Accessorize. This is the single most significant part of complimenting your unique style. An awesome handbag, sensational bling or spectacular shoes such as slides, mules, T- and ankle-straps or sandals can make any outfit say “look at me.” And these added touches don’t have to cost a fortune.

Whether you’re a young college student, mom of a tween, or woman over 40 or 50 on a budget, keeping these tips in mind will help you maximize your style from head to toe – without maxing out your credit cards.

Even Greenwich on Connecticut’s Gold Coast has upscale consignment stores!

Be sure to check out fashions on Bonanza, too.

Find your local Goodwill retail, donation, and job center

I’ll be sharing more thrift store shopping secrets in upcoming posts!  Be sure to share some of yours with me!

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New England blogger, Grandmom from Connecticut and author of Frugal New England Kitchen where she writes about food, recipes, coupons, crafts, home decor, Grandparents and Grandchildren, Family Stories and helpful hints from the hearth of a Yankee New England Kitchen. Also find her at the multi-generational Moomettes Magnificents where she writes about family, travel, photography and reviews.