Monday, March 24, 2014

How to: Look Luxe for Less

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A month or so before we welcome a new season, magazines and catchy commercials try to sell us all the fun and exciting trends that will be 'in' for the season.

 I love looking at all of this, don't get me wrong, but I often think I don't have enough energy to even want to overhaul my closet just to be trendy for a hot second...

 Also, in my head: knowing that I just don’t have money to waste on what’s ‘in’ for 5 minutes.  I'm sure you have definitely  felt the same way. No need to worry, I hear you! 

Here on Buzz, Boots and Berries, I know you, my lovely reader, are smart enough to realize that this season’s hot (and affordable) trends are hanging in your local thrift store.

Thrift stores are nothing new, literally
But sometimes trying to navigate through them is a bit tricky and  I understand that it's also equally overwhelming ( al la the thrift shop near my house pictured above). Here's some tips I've acquired that will make you a thrifty shopper in no time!

Step 1: Make a list of what you’re looking for
A thrift store is a magical treasure trove, think The Little Mermaid. Endless racks and shelves filled with all sorts of gems can become extremely overwhelming. Before you even get to your thrift store, make a list of what you are looking for. You saw a picture on Pinterest of a gorgeous plaid skirt that you can’t live without? Jot it down.  A simple reminder of why you’re shopping in the first place will keep you sane, focused and with a happy wallet.

Step 2: Know where to go
 To use your time effectively, do some research on where you should be traveling and taking your money. Thrift stores are nothing new and they have built up credibility! Google places in your area or use Both are great ways to tailor your search and see reviews on what other shoppers like you found there.  

**( psttt you can even shop on and not have to leave your house!)

 In doing this, you’ll figure out if the store will have what items you have in mind, but keep in mind that thrift shops are always changing- just because they don’t have your style now doesn’t mean they never will.

Step 3: Reevaluate your picks
Do you really need that piece?
It’s always good to look around the store first and pick things up as you go as long as you don’t lose sight of what it is you are truly looking for. You may end up making the mistake of getting things because you thought they were cute for a split second and got caught up in the moment! A savvy shopper does not need that. Take a step back, try on what you have and go from there.

This sweater and dress were both $10 each!

Step 4: Shop and shop often
Ok, maybe this step should actually be browse and browse often but what fun is that? If you are determined to save money and still look fabulous (which I know you are!)  you’ll stay consistent. Thrift stores are always getting new items so don’t get discouraged. Going on different days or even to new places increase your chances of scoring a great piece tremendously.

This dress was $15, but can be worn so many ways!

Step 5: Everything old is new again
Style circulates. Don’t feel weird about buying things from a thrift store! There are so many pieces from yesteryear that are coming back in style. If you happen to love a piece, but not necessarily the length or fit that’s ok! All the money you’re saving can go toward a tailor. Not only are you psychically making the piece more flattering on you, but you are also manipulating the piece to be one of a kind and something extraordinarily beautiful. 

One last thing, thrift shops are usually very good at checking their inventory. However, if something is discolored, ripped or deformed in any other way see if an associate knows a way to solve the problem. They may be able to lower the price or you may realize you can fix it yourself.

Good luck on your next shopping adventure! You don't need to spend a lot to look fabulous my friends. 

Have a great day!

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