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School Shopping On a Shoestring Budget – Shop Smart and Look Chic!

by Jillian Bietz

If you are dreading the cost of back to school clothes for to accommodate your kids, it’s time to check out some new options.

Thrift shops, garage sales, and vintage stores

They are hidden treasures for school shopping. By shopping smart, you will find out that looking chic doesn’t necessarily mean shopping expensive.

Although it’s much more of a challenge than stopping by the mall, shopping smart is a much more rewarding and unique way to go. If you don’t know where to start. All you need to do is plug in your area code, and they give you a list of your local stores. There are some guidelines you need to consider to get some more bang for your buck.

Items like school uniforms and jeans are great things to buy second hand. If they are in good condition, you can score some great deals on tee shirts and shoes.

Making Good Choices

Make sure clothing is stain free. Aside from clothes and shoes, things such as backpacks, book bags, pocketbooks and jewelry are great little extras to purchase. You can afford to be playful with accessories. There is no room for regret when you’ve only spent a couple of dollars. On a lucky day, you may even find some items with the price tags still attached.

Garage Sale

Another great option is to visit local neighborhood garage sales. Be creative! A neighbor’s outgrown school clothes may be a perfect fit for you. Don’t rule out vintage stores either. Although they may seem pricier than thrift stores, they can stock some terrific fashionable finds.

Even if “thrifting” seems like a walk in the park, you probably won’t find all your necessities this way.

Keep your eyes open for sales at discount stores and factory outlets.

Whether you choose to shop in a thrift store, garage sale or trendy vintage hotspot, all it takes is a little motivation and resourcefulness, and you will be on your way to looking like the smartest kid in class!

 

Jillian Brietz

Jillian is a fashion design and journalism student.

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