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Consignment shopping: Fashion for the frugal

By Kim Boccia (Contact)

Published March 15, 2013

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(In response to last week’s column)

Oddly enough, I did not get a lot of response to last week’s column. I do like the chemical-free aspect of raising your own food and knowing where it actually comes from, so I’m not against it, I just don’t like the process. Since I have no solution, I’ll just moooove on ...

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Old and used or shabby chic?

Have you ever been to a second-hand store or consignment shop? I’ve been to a few and usually walked out a winner.
As I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of shopping at all, unless there’s a bargain to be had. I have to be honest and say that there are some items at these stores that look like they’ve been through the ringer a few times, but there are also some diamonds in the rough.
Nothing makes me angrier than when my daughters still have clothes that they “absolutely had to have,” that are still in their closets, never having been worn. If I took them to a consignment shop, the buyer would definitely score in a big way.
I know some people who have consignment-store shopping down to a science, or is it more of an art? It’s amazing what some teenagers can spot at the Goodwill store. To some, it’s a sport, as well as, a fashion trend. I was amazed at how many pairs of designer jeans were at one store I went to.
I am not one to pay $180 for a pair of “Miss Me” jeans, just because they’re sporting some bling. I’ll admit that they do fit a lot nicer than some jeans, but the “not so missed” jeans fit just fine, and with my bedazzler they’ll be blinging in no time.
OK, maybe I’m not that pathetic (and my children would disown me if I did that to them), but there are jeans that are just as nice that don’t make you choose between them and making a car payment. The alternative is to go to a consignment shop and buy an actual pair of the designer jeans for far less money.
I guess what I’m asking is, why is it that if those who are less fortunate financially shop at these stores it’s considered “used clothing,” but if an 18-year-old does it, it’s called “vintage?”

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1UticaShale(854 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm impressed slap me! Is our suburban queen now trying to prove that she is not previleged? Shopping at second hand stores? Is she trying to become a commoner? Next we will see her hanging out at the Lemon Grove with comrade Hagen. Even joining the FrackFree movement. I'm proud of her.

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2peacelover(791 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Now yer talkin' Kim. I buy about 75% of my clothes at consignment stores. Can't afford mall prices. You find some really nice stuff in those stores. Thumbs up on this one.

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3Stayinpositive(1 comment)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

It's amazing to me that people can post negative comment after negative comment, yet continue reading week after week!

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4UticaShale(854 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I said I'm proud of her.

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5UticaShale(854 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Actually, this Canfield queen has the most interesting subjects here on the entire Vindy. Desouza, the same regugitation over and over again. Franco, never wants to jump into the fight but is wierd because he allows incognito phantoms here, he must get off on all the fighting going on here. I would love to have everyone here reveal themselves. Otherwise this is what you get a boring make believe world here of BS rules and truth is made fun of. Yes, I am guilty.
But dimples here, an oasis of pure suburbia, untarnished by the hood and the Vindy. So fresh she only speaks of food and experimenting with used clothing, a touch of the ghetto.
Reading this every week, yes sirree, it is therapy for me in this BS of a world called the Vindy.com
Other sites that bring out the intellect and brilliance in the locals are a different story and is full of thousands of the brains that drained from Youngstown. Want a peak of this normal world with many with the same mindset, GoMarcellusshale.com

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6UticaShale(854 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I almost forgot, about raising your own food ensuring no chemicals are present. I believe your answer is to free range by approaching landowners to lease a portion of their land. As one who works with landowners, you will be surprised how receptive they would be to this endeavor and the lease amount will be very reasonable.

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