Honestly, I love thrift stores. I go to Goodwill, and always find nice things. They just opened a couple of large Goodwill stores near me, and I've always had good luck finding nicer non-barn clothes for super cheap.
Ebay! I have found some killer deals on designer clothing on ebay! I just purchased a vintage escada blazer for $29.99. The original price tag was still on it. . . $1250! I get my purses and shoes on ebay for a fraction of their normal cost. I'm incredibly frugal and I hate shopping in the stores. This is a perfect way to get great stuff for super prices!!!!!
There are also some great warehouse outlets for stores like Talbots (near Atlanta). They are not the usual outlets, but are actually no frills warehouses with zero amenities (some don't even have dressing rooms-you wear very tight clothes and try clothes on over them). You have to sort through tons of junk, but it can really be worth it.
T.J.MAxx and Marshalls for my everyday stuff and Neiman Marcus Last Call for anything dressy!!! My best find was probably the $2,400 Lanvin suit that I got for $40, but I have also seen $3,000 gowns for under $50 on occasion. I also buy most of my cashmere items and dresses there. Love that store!
Church run thrift stores have great dressier stuff. The nice church ladies don't want to bring in junk and the money always goes to a good cause. I have found lots of designer stuff in church thrift stores.
The "upscale area" part is the key, and something I love to do when traveling. Amazing what you can find!
Is Filene's Basement still around back east? I was disappointed to learn the store near my mom in NJ had closed - hopefully the original Boston one is still going strong? My best find there was a black velvet Chanel skirt with the $2,600 pricetag still on it...paid $50.
I went into a Steinmart yesterday for the first time. It's about six steps above TJ Maxx, with lots of good quality stuff mixed in with lots less junk. I found a suede blazer, very cute styling, for $35.00.
Originally Posted by Linny
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