Consignment shopping: Fashion for the frugal


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by Kim Boccia   | 52 entries

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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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