For those of you that have been following my site for some time, you may have noticed that I'm a bargain shopper. I love a good deal and rarely will be willing to pay full price for something! People often ask me how I manage to afford all the clothing I own and where on earth I find such great deals. So, I decided to type up 10 shopping tips and tricks that I use all the time when shopping! Some of these strategies may be obvious, some may be not so obvious or are often forgotten.
1//Shop the sale rack! Sometimes we are not willing to search through racks and racks of clothing but I promise it is worth it. I talk to people all the time that say, "You can afford clothes from J.Crew?" Not if I don't shop the sale rack! I recently found an originally $88 blouse for $20 :)
2//Shop online! The internet is your friend. I shop the sales at places like Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, etc. all the time and find some great stuff.
3//Double check your sources! The $20 blouse I mentioned above that I got in the store was still on "sale" for $40 online.
4//Shop vintage! I cannot tell you how many amazing things I have found in little hole in the wall shops or even at Goodwill and Salvation Army. Yard sales and estate sales are also hot spots for unique, cheap clothing!
5//Shop vintage online! Sites like Etsy and Ebay are great resources if you're willing to do a little hunting.
6//Only pay full price for the practical stuff! When you're going to the throw down some money the best things to invest in are the practical items like coats, boots, bras, etc.
7//Go cheap on the trendy stuff! When it comes to things that will most likely only be around for a season or two (fur vests...) go to the cheaper stores like H&M or Target. No need to waste big money on something that won't even be around next year.
8//Search for specific items! Bouncing off number 2 above, look at multiple places on the internet for a specific item. This is something I do all the time. I recently found a shoe called "Pali" by Dolce Vita on Zappos.com on sale for $81. Instead of stopping there I went to Google and searched "Pali Dolce Vita." I then used the shopping feature and saw every site the shoe was being sold at. I ended up finding the same shoe on sale somewhere else for $49. :)
9//Shop outlets! Outlets are a great place to find chic, quality clothing for cheaper prices. Some stores even have factory stores online such as J.Crew.
10//Shop your friends closets! I recently nabbed two huge bags from a friend who was cleaning out her wardrobe. Also, clothing swaps are a great way to re-use clothing and is a lot of fun to do with a group of your closest girlfriends!