Saturday, May 4, 2013

day 2//how-to

Blog Every Day in May Challenge Day 2!
Today's prompt...educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at.
hee hee hee.....

Ah yes, the joys of thrifting. Betcha didn't see that one coming. (winkyface).
 If given the choice between a million dollar shopping spree to the MOA or thrifting...
Well obviously, the free money.
Most of us don't have that kind of moola, especially when it comes to my fellow college peers.
   So, I've figured out how to continue my love of shopping without breaking the bank.
After all, what's better than receiving a compliment on some new cute attire and getting to respond with a sly smile, a wink, and "Only cost me three bucks."
Yeaa it's pretty awesome.

 1) Create a inspiration list to help!
Use your Pinterest board to its full potential.  Jot down outfit ideas which you are dying to try.  More importantly, pick out the items which you are seeing appear most frequently. Crisp, white button ups? Colored jeans? Jean vests? Shorts? It's better to know ahead of time what you're looking for exactly instead of aimlessly wandering up and down the aisles.

2) Open mind/eyes shopping.
 Many items in a secondhand shop definitely have "secondhand" written all over them.  Faded colors, buttons missing, or out-of-style pieces may scare away some people.  But remember that behind all the ho-hem, there's some gems just waiting to be found.  Half the fun is being able to find that beautiful button down and holding up your find in treasured glory!

3) Switch it up!
 Ladies, don't be afraid to bump elbows with the male thrifters as well. Most of the time I like to lounge in comfy sweatpants and sweatshirts. And guess who has the plethora of those? Da boys.  So, make your way over to the mens section and find yourselves five sweatshirts for the price of one.

4)  Try EVERYTHING on.
DO IT.  Many times, aisles aren't organized by size.  And eyeballing that cute shirt just won't cut it.  Some items may have shrunk (or expanded) from previous use and it best to be safe than sorry before purchasing an accidental belly shirt.

5)  Make it even fun(ner), bring a friend!
Grab some coffee, your inspiration lists, your ladyfranns, and HAVE FUN!  It's way more exciting to have someone there to brainstorm/cover more aisles/brag about your findings with.  Plus, it helps to get a second opinion sometimes.  The low price of some items may shield your common sense and you'll end up wasting a few bucks on something you never actually wear out in public.

I probably could add a lot more things here, but five seems like a good, even number. Plus it's my favorite.
Until tomorrow, my friends! Hope you are all feeling a little more eduamacated!:)

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