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Thrifting for a new wardrobe

I really don’t like to wear the same thing every week. I love to change things up a bit not only with different tops and bottoms but also different accessories. But I am on a strict budget. I very rarely can afford to buy something from the mall. Recently I stopped into my local Goodwill store and boy was I surprised!

I haven’t been for a few years and within moments I got the thrifting bug all over again. Stores have items separated into Men’s and Women’s and then into types of items within gender such as pants/skirts/shirts/jeans. I’m not going to lie, it takes some perseverance, time and hard work but you will find some great treasures. Sadly items are rarely sorted by size. There is nothing like the feeling of a finding a NWT(new with tag) name-brand shirt that someone graciously donated to the Goodwill. Goodwill stores also have clearance corners where all clothing is $1.00.

If you are lucky you will notice a sign for an upcoming sale. Goodwill often has sales where the entire store is 50% off. I have come out of the store spending what I would for a brand new shirt at a department store and taking home around 15 -20 clothing items. You can’t beat it.

Now I know what you are saying, but the clothes at Goodwill are old, and not in a good way. Or they don’t fit me. Let me introduce you to a very popular blog that will make you think about thrift store clothing in a brand new way. Take a look at www.newdressaday.com. Marisa has been taking inexpensive thrift store finds and creating stylish, chic outfits since November 2009. It is amazing what she can do with a muumuu. She will take you step by step through the process. You may just become a great seamstress after a couple of projects. I also found a great book to give you inspiration. Subversive Seamster is chock-full of great projects for your thrift store treasures. The authors take a pair of men’s plaid pants and make a cute tank for summer. Also included are robes, purses and even football jerseys transformed.

My closet is growing by leaps and bounds now. And I have no reason to feel guilty about it. I am staying well within budget. Thrifting is my favorite new hobby! It combines two of my favorite things, clothes and good deals. Give it a try and see what you can find! You might just be surprised.


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Amazon Says: It's time to get subversive, again! The downtown divas of "Sew Subversive" are back with another happy helping of straightlaced sewing advice for stylish results every time. Transform tacky bridesmaid gowns and pleated pants into picture-perfect tops, skirts and accessories. The two Melissas and a Hope deliver 30 great projects that are achievable for even the new sewer. "Subversive Seamster" is your secret roadmap to the jewels of thrifting and the ins and outs of refashioning. This book has shortcuts, tips, and secrets to the wide world of inexpensive, individualized fashion. Our clothes make a statement about who we are. What better way to say, "I am an individual!" than to wear one-of-a-kind items made out of other one-of-a-kind items? We derive the most fashionable satisfaction knowing that we are reusing and recycling what already exists in this material world--and looking darn good doing it! less...
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