Wednesday, July 3, 2013

How I bought five dresses for $3.

It's pretty simple. I take my and my kids' old clothing to a consignment shop. They sell the clothes, and I accumulate credit. Then I go there and spend an hour looking through about a hundred dresses, each of them unique, and try a bunch of them on. At a good consignment store, you can find brand name clothes that are practically new. They sift through and only take the good stuff. One particular day, I picked out five dresses averaging $6 to $12 each. They applied my credit to the balance and voila, I owed about $3. I saved money, and I didn't support a single sweatshop! If you are worried about buying consignment and being "behind" in fashion, I recently read in Nina Garcis's Little Black Book of Style, "If you do happen to fall in love with a trend, it is far more interesting to buy it now and wait a few years until it is out of style to wear it. But maybe I am the only crazy person who would do this." I say buy consignment and let someone else pay full price and store it in their closet first!
"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." -Mark Twain

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