(Psst...this is not my closet but I wish it were!)
How could I shop at The Gap, Dillards or even Target paying $15 for a Tee or $30-60 for a nice top. And jeans could cost anywhere from $30-80. With my little paycheck and new grown-up expenses, the answer was I couldn't. Enter my then Boyfriend (now Husband) and his great idea. His mother always used to shop Goodwill for hidden home treasures and furniture to DIY. I had already long since jumped on that train furnishing my apartment with some DIY Goodwill/Thrift Store finds.
But second-hand clothes? To a fashion snob (as I was then)-it was unthinkable. I barely stomached The Gap and Target when I wanted to shop Nordstroms, Boutiques and Bloomingdales. Desperate times called for desperate measures. I LOVED fashion and I also needed new clothes as I was inching up my weight with a sit-down job. Let's just say my skinny college self was disappearing. So I went to a favorite home thrift store called Savers. They always had many many aisles of clothes-I just never looked at them. Let me tell you that I could not believe what I found!!!
To re-do my entire wardrobe the clothes budget would be $30 every month or two. Let's just think about that. A sale at Target might get you one pair of pants or two T's or one sweater. To some that is fantastic pricing but to me it was disaster. I needed all new clothes. I had to start from scratch entirely because my size 4 little self and small tees were tighter than a hooker's clothes! At Savers though I found Tee's for $3 and $4, pants for $7 and $10, scarves for $1 and $2, sweaters for $5 and $6. The prices were different depending on the brand and condition of the item. Many of the items were even brand new! At these prices, I could have a killer wardrobe in a few months of saving. I was thrilled beyond belief. I was also happy to see brands that I never could afford before from BCBG, Michael Kors, Banana Republic, Bebe, J. Crew and many more!
One trip to Savers and I lost my snobbery and loved my new secret place. The best part turned out to be all the complements I received on my new clothes and new looks--laughing inside because I knew I paid $7 for the entire ensemble! I ended up being able to follow more trends, update more often, buy more options and doubles of items I liked with these new rock bottom prices. My wardrobe went from pretty nice to SUPER nice all on a dime!
So now you know my secret. To this day, I shop at Savers. I rarely buy anything from any other store and I would not change a thing about it (ironically yesterday's outfit is pretty much the second time in years that I bought something first hand!!).
In the coming weeks I will do more posts on my Savers strategy, how to take cheap to practically pennies, and how I prep for a major Savers trip (I am planner!). Please email or comment with any questions you might have! I love to show fellow fashion lovers-you CAN look on the super cheap.