Spring is here and that means yard sale season is upon us. Think that rummaging through your neighbors’ bargain-priced junk sounds like the pits? Think again. Yard sales (and their classy older sister, estate sales) are the place to score vintage clothes, gently used books, and fab furniture that just needs a fresh coat of paint. I thought Saturday morning yard sale scrounges were my little secret, but it turns out “Good Morning America” correspondent Lara Spencer is a bargain maven. I Brake For Yard Sales: and Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions and the Occasional Dumpster is her ode to thrift shopping and filled with her tips and tricks. (Sharp elbows for nudging out those greedy eBay re-sellers not included!) [$14.50, Amazon.com]
If you’ve ever gone thrift shopping with me and my lady friends, you know that it’s nothing less than an all out major event. We make a day of it, and plan out which shops to visit based on who’s got good shoes, housewares and little-boy blazers (my personal favorite). We thrift for fun — and for the occasional mind-blowing find — but there’s plenty of people who make a living out of it, reselling their best finds on eBay, or in upscale consigner and vintage shops. And that’s what the new Oxygen Network show “Thrift Work” hopes to cover. I can already feel this show making me jealous. [NYMag.com]
I loooove getting a bargain! I also loooove to take myself on mini-shopping sprees. But this year has been a bit of a financial doozy, and I forced myself to examine my shopping practices. Gone are the days when I’d drop hundreds of dollars at Gilt Groupe a few times a week. Instead, my equally-shopping-addicted friend and I made a pact — we wouldn’t spend more than $20 on a single item. And that also meant we couldn’t go shopping and buy five items for $20 each — I wasn’t falling into that $100 loophole, either. Keep reading »
I have this weird habit. Despite being very uncomfortable talking about money in almost every other scenario, whenever someone compliments me on something I’m wearing, I immediately blurt out how much I paid for it, but only in cases when I’ve gotten a great deal. For example, while walking my dog this morning, I ran into my neighbor, who complimented my yellow dress.
“Thank you! It’s actually Club Monaco, but I got it at Buffalo Exchange [a resale mini-chain] for $20!” I blurted out. Oops. Homegirl didn’t ask me where I got it, let alone for how much, so why did I tell her? The thing is, I do this all the time.
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Anyone familiar with my fashion philosophy knows that I advocate frugality. Whether you’re buying a coat, sandals, or jeans, there’s no reason why you should ever have to spend more than $10 per article of clothing (with three exceptions to this basic rule: 1) you are investing in a rare or very high quality fashion find, 2) you have medical needs that require you to wear special attire, like therapeutic shoes, or 3) you feel like splurging on something because you absolutely love it and have been dying to own it).
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