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Do You Save For Big Items Or Blow Your Cash On Tons Of Tinier Things?

I shop like it’s my job (maybe it kind of is?) and this weekend I found myself at two very different shopportunities (I’m the worst). On Friday, some friends and I hit up the Opening Ceremony sample sale, which promised a warehouse full of designer items for up to 90 percent off. This meant that items that were usually prohibitively, outrageously expensive, would now be only annoyingly expensive and/or almost reasonable (virtually nothing sold at Opening Ceremony is ever affordable in the slightest). My roommate scored, on my insistence, a slightly damaged Alexandre Herchcovitch dress for $200 (she’s enviously tall and I weep for that dress), and my other friend bought a scarf. I went nuts when I found not only an insane Rosa Cha goth-ycakes blazer (totally not necessary), but also a gorge Charles Anastase safari trench coat (pictured). The only problem? The trench coat cost $400. Did I buy it? Yes. I. Did. And here’s why. Keep reading »

6 Times I’ve Cried In The Dressing Room And Why

I’m not big on crying in public, I swear, but dressing rooms are a different story. Maybe it’s the sting of the harsh lighting. Maybe being surrounded by mirrors makes me feel raw and introspective. Maybe I take the phrase “retail therapy” a little too seriously. Whatever the reason, I have something of a history of tearing up on shopping trips. Here are some of my most memorable fitting room cryfests… Keep reading »

Have You Ever Fought With Friends Over Clothes?

I was at a flea market this weekend with a friend, relishing in my new discovery that yes, despite the fact that I am only five-feet tall, I can actually wear three-quarter-length skirts as long as I wear heels, when I happened upon the perfect new skirt. The only trouble? My friend Sarah thought it was the perfect new skirt, too — for her. At first, her praise of the brightly-colored button-down vintage skirt (priced at a reasonable $20) was neutral. Until she tried the skirt on, too, and realized it fit her (at a good eight inches taller than me) just as well as me. “Wellllll, you know, that skirt is exactly what I’ve been looking for…” she said, her voice trailing off. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Confessions Of A (Maybe) Shopaholic

A year ago, my then-boyfriend and I argued about something. I can’t remember anymore what it was about. But I know it made me upset the night we argued and lasted until the next morning, all the way from my commute from New Jersey into New York City. Pent-up with frustration, I needed to do something to make myself feel better. So instead of walking straight to my office, I ducked into an H&M, grabbed skirts, dresses and blouses off the racks without even trying them on, and spent something like $200 or $300 on clothes in less than half an hour. Keep reading »

Gap Introduces Gap My Price, A Puzzling New Name-Your-Own-Price Feature

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just name your price at retail stores, like on eBay? Now you can, sort of. Gap has introduce a new name-your-price feature — Gap My Price, which makes no sense, but whatever — where you tell the Gap’s website how much you’d be willing to pay for one of their 15 negotiable items of clothing and it makes a deal with you. It’s a cool idea, to be sure, but it’s also a head scratcher. This U-neck stripe tee retails for $19.95 and I offered $16. Gap My Price came back with an offer of $19. Then I offered $18. Gap My Price then said the final offer was $19. So … I could save a whopping 95 cents by clicking on their website a bunch of times? [Gap My Price] Keep reading »

What’s Your Most Dreaded Item To Shop For?

Yesterday, my friend Katelyn and I were walking around downtown Portland when I spotted a pair of ballet flats sitting on a sidewalk sale table. They were black patent leather with blue sequin details and, best of all, they had been marked down to 10 bucks. I scanned the stacks of boxes for a size 7, found one, slipped them on, loved them, and bought them. The time that elapsed between me squealing, “Look at those cute shoes over there!” to me owning those cute shoes over there was approximately 30 seconds. As I skipped out of the store with the shoebox tucked under my arm, I looked over at Katelyn who was shaking her head in disbelief… Keep reading »

The Frisky’s Ebay Finds Of The Week

This week’s eBay round up attempts to class up the joint with some fancy jewelry, statement housewares and beautiful artwork. And, oh yeah, a life-size sheep. Check out our favorite finds after the jump! Keep reading »

An Open Letter To Everyone Who Has Ever Offered Me A Store Credit Card

Dear Everyone Who Has Ever Offered Me A Store Credit Card,

I don’t want a store credit card. I really don’t. I haven’t wanted any kind of credit card since I got my first one at age 18 and maxed it out in an eBay bidding war over a pair of limited edition purple Ugg boots. At the same time, I understand that selling store credit cards is an important part of your job, so I always try to validate your efforts. I nod and smile as you tell me about the benefits of a store credit card, and then I sigh and say something like, “Hmmm … maybe next time.”

And herein lies the problem… Keep reading »

The Frisky’s eBay Finds Of The Week

Let’s face it, scouring the search pages of eBay can be as intense and demanding as a full-time job. That’s why we’ve done the work for you, and picked out 12 great deals on eBay this week. Bid on them yourself, or use them for inspiration to find a one-of-a-kind piece of your own. As with any eBay or online purchase, buyer beware — do your research before you buy! Keep reading »

Cheapskate: J. Crew’s Extra 30 Percent Off Sale!

Oh, hey there, J.Crew email in my inbox telling me there’s an extra 30 percent off sale items online. That’s the only excuse I need to blow my wad on preppy-cool basics I can wear this spring because lord knows I do not have nearly enough preppy-cool basics from J.Crew in my wardrobe, especially ones that cost $70 and under. And for those of you who think this sounds like sarcasm, I can assure you that it’s not — just look at the nine things I picked out and just try and tell me I — and you — don’t need them, like, immediately. Keep reading »

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