Category Archives: Savvy Shoppers

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FlexShopper

Why you should consider Rent-To-Own

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Being a Savvy Shopper means considering all of your shopping options,

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How to Tell if a Designer Bag Is Fake

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A new designer bag is a joy; discovering it's a fake is not.

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How to Buy Quality Makeup at the Dollar Store

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Who says you have to go to Sephora to make your face look amazing?

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How to Be a Good Shopper

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Are you confused by the trends? We all get that way, and as a buyer for some of the largest clothing retailers I can get you the best deals, guys and gals, lets get started!

# Figure out your budget. You need not a lot of money, but the more you have, the more you get.

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# Know your size. This sounds ridiculous, but you will be shocked at how many people are WAY too concerned with it. Sizes are different with each manufacturer. Don't get too caught up in it.

# Go in with a game plan. Truly only go shopping for outfits, or classic pieces, or outer wear. Don't do it all in one shop.

# Research prices on the internet. Do not buy from the internet (yet) but just get prices. Most people are actually a size smaller than they thought. Also, make sure that if you are store loyal that they have a good return policy.

# Try it on. If it's just ok, it's horrible.
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# Alterations are your friend. A good tailor can make a bad decision much better.

# Know what are neutrals. Black, brown, etc because they should be your basis in your outfits, and you should have a POP of color. You should not look like Barney. Classics are that for a reason, and they are wardrobe staples. Stick with them you will not go wrong. Trends are trends for a reason. Nobody wants them to last that long. So buy classics and you don't have anything to worry about.

# Classics: Women: A nice pencil skirt, a nice button up shirt, a suit, a good pair of dark straight leg jeans, a jacket in a neutral color, black trouser pants (wool), pinstripe pants in a non offending color (no hot pink for the love of god), good fitting cashmere sweaters, and finally bras that fit. Men: A dark suit, no pleats, flat front pants, good wool pants in black, grey, navy. They all go with everything. Dress shirts and sport shirts in small patterns, fitted well to your body is a great beginning. Don't over pay. Look for sales, but buy the best quality you can afford. Do your homework, and black shoes with black belt, brown shoes with earth colors, make sure the pants match the sock and vice versa.

Tips

*Know your budget.
*Get a personal shopper. It may save you in the long run.
*Make sure you know a good tailor because they can fix a hot mess.
*Don't pay for it with a credit card. You end up paying for it twice before its over. Cash is king and a better negotiation tool.
*Bring a fashionable friend.
*Look for deals. On the other hand, don't just get it because it's on sale.

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Thrift Stores

How to Shop at Thrift Stores

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Want to find great finds for cheap? Need materials for quilting, or sewing perhaps? Maybe you're simply just bored. Whatever the reason, find out great tips for thrifting below!

1 Find thrift stores and secondhand stores in your area. Big cities tend to have more of them but you can find these stores in just about any town. You can also use directories online to find your nearest thrift store.

2. Decide why you. are going. Are you just looking for cute stuff in general or do you have something in mind?

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3 Start looking. Some stores are more organized than others. After you have been to a few you'll know which ones are better than others. Understand the system, if you can. You may find things organized by gender, type of clothes, color and size, or you may find just a mass of clothes and household objects. Start with the more organized stores until you become proficient at looking through clothes
4 Pick up anything that catches your eye and possibly try it on in the dressing room. If you don't like the idea of putting someone else's clothes on before washing them, buy whatever you think will look nice, wash the items at home, and re-donate them as needed. Also you should know that the clothing item may look better on you then it does on the hanger! So try something on, you might like it. Experiment with clothes; put different things together.
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5 Don't forget the other items in a thrift store. If you need to furnish an apartment inexpensively, for instance, thrift stores can be an excellent source of dishes, pots and pans, and even furnishings. Don't forget to look for a good deal on an attractive bedspread to cover up a comfortable but unsightly sofa. You might even find that shopping in a thrift store is less costly than moving items or renting furniture. You also can find awesome decor for your room, like posters, pictures, trinkets and more.

It might not all match, but that can be a great thing. Go for an eclectic look, instead. If you'd like mixed pieces to have a bit more unity, try painting, covering, or refinishing them

If you love to read, browse through the book selection. Used books are often very inexpensive, but many of the books found in relatively low-traffic thrift shops are beat up. Make sure a book isn't missing any pages before buying it; a simple flip-through works well enough.
Check out the accessories. You'll find belts, purses, luggage, shoes, hats, and even jewelry (usually the costume variety) at a fraction of their regular prices.thrift-store
Watch for bargains. Many thrift stores have sales or clearance racks to unload items that have not sold in some time. Also, keep a look out for store-wide sales, such as student discount day or others. Most thrift shops will have signs up for these events.
Before buying an item, take a good look at it. Did somebody get rid of it for an obvious reason, or is it in good shape? Is it stained? Does it have any holes or tears that can't be easily fixed?
  • Certain items, such as can openers, are very seldom donated unless they're not working.
  • Clothing, by contrast, is frequently discarded simply because it no longer fits or flatters its original owner, or simply because it's last year's style. Do, however, look over it for obvious damage such as a stain or tear.
  • Keep in mind that most clothing and footwear found at thrift shops can be purchased and altered for a fraction of the price of new items. Additionally, the quality of older items frequently surpasses modern manufacturing techniques and is well worth the price of repair.
10 If the thrift store has a make-up or underwear section, feel free to bypass them without guilt. Many people aren't comfortable with wearing used underwear, and makeup may be incredibly old.
11 Check back often! The good stuff never lasts long and frequent trips will ensure that you do not miss any incredible finds.

12 Ask when the store puts new items on the shelves; many stores have set days for new inventory additions.

13 Keep in mind, that larger thrift stores may have higher prices than a small thrift store. But, sometimes this means the items are better quality.

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