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    Thrifty And Fashionable

     

    Growing up with three sisters, it was important for us to bewell-groomed. We were always borrowing clothes from each otherthen returning them clean and pressed. It was a way of strechingour wardrobes and to the outside world we had an endless supply. We were thrifty without realizing it and no one was the wiser.

    The first thrift store was opened in London during the middleeighteen-hundreds. The Salvation Army went around collecting donated goods from the working classes and then selling themto the poor for a fraction of the cost. A few years later, aSalvation Army store was opened in the lower East side of Manhattan serving over three million impoverished people.

    During the depression, it was shameful to be seen wearing thrift store cast-offs. Clothes were handed down to anotherfamily member. Shoes were patched, blouses or shirts were mended or seams torn apart and made over to fit a family recipient. During the nineteen-fifties, wealthy women donatedtheir clothes to be re-sold. The profits from these upscaleresale shops were shared with the donor or the shop profitedfrom it. During the nineteen-seventies, thrift stores were popular with the hippies and the college students searching for vintage styles.

    Now days, thrift store parking lots are filled with luxury carsas well as the more modest ones reflecting the escalating prices. The stores have become so profitable that the same people theyonce helped cannot afford to shop there. Thrift stores likeGoodwill have some quality items and at shopgoodwill. com clothing items are auctioned in the same way as on ebay. Although, it is better to visit their stores for more of a variety of items and sizes.

    Kate Magazine is an online shopping magazine and she gives sound advice for buying vintage clothes and sizing them correctly. Also, she has links to resale shops and a newsletter that can be sent to an online email inbox. She also gives shopping tips about what time of year the mall outlets sell their merchandise at the lowest prices. A city's online yellow pages is a good source for locating the names of local thrift stores and resale shops.

    After finding a favorite thrift store, resale shop or mall outlet, it is wise to visit it frequently in order to keep up with the changing merchandise. It is a good idea to check thethrift store, resale shop or mall outlet's refund or exchangepolicy because a lot of them do not allow it. Shopping at theseestablishments is a unique way to add to an existing wardrobewithout going over a limited clothing budget.

    Through the years, the author has shopped at these kinds ofestablishments and found some unique fashion items at bargainprices.

     

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