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A Complete Low Down On Thrift Shopping

We are going to discuss about open air thrift markets which sell cheap but fashionable stuff. Here is a little about why the stuff is so cheap and what you should expect there. Also there are some guide lines to shop.

Why are thrift markets so cheap?

We all know that big international giants like Zara, H&M, GAP, UCB, M&S, etc outsource their products to third world countries like India because of the cheap labour available in these countries. So that way these clothing giants get a HUGE margin on these clothes. So if there is a slight variation from the real style or design demanded on any of the pieces or a very minor defect, then the whole lot is rejected and they make their way to export surplus markets like Sarojini. So next time don’t be surprised when you come across a replica of your expensive Zara dress at a quarter of the original price!

Some tips to be kept in mind:

  • Take only cash with you. They don’t accept credit/debit cards of course! And keep a lot of change with you.

  • You can easily get lost and lose track of shops you have visited/not visited. So when you start, take note of a nearby land mark.

  • Bargain, bargain, bargain! Quote half the price the seller asks for. Like if he says a particular item is for $10, quote $5 in exchange. Chances are the deal will be fixed around $7!

How to know who won the deal? If the seller smiles when you leave, he won. If you smile while leaving and the seller does not, you won!

  • Don’t buy everything you like. There will be a lot of pieces you will instant fall in love with but when you come home, you will realize you have no such place to wear them to!

  • Check the sizes properly because later you probably cant tell where exactly you bought that piece from..and hence no exchange! Don’t go by the labels, most of the times they are flawed.

  • Check for tears and stains. If there is something you can’t fix, LEAVE even if it breaks your heart. Some of the items could be slightly dirty because of the huge distance they had to travel but if its easily washable, then DON’T LEAVE. But ALWAYS wash before wearing.

How to Shop Online

Many people are using the internet to fulfill their fashion and clothing needs. Shopping online provides you with a very large selection and often amazing sales and discounts. Looking in magazines for trends and actually finding them near you can also be a daunting experience. Even though I preach and preach that you should always try things own, sometimes those gorgeous heels would be perfect for the silk sheath dress you find with an online merchant. Understanding exactly how to shop online can make being a fashionable diva even more fun.

Protect your information. With the epidemic of identity theft cases growing, it is in your best interest to make sure that your personal information is safe. Secure servers keep your information safe. Look for icons like a gold security lock and privacy/security policies. Read them before you purchase anything.

Read the Return Policy. Shipping back an item that doesn’t fit shouldn’t cost you anything, but some online merchants do not offer you that option. Read the fine print. Some items like lingerie and swimsuits cannot be returned. Make sure the return policy works with your plan to purchase. I really like ZAPPOS. When you order shoes from them, they send you clear instructions on how to return the shoes. They even include instructions about trying on the shoes. Their return policy is clear and simple. You can return shoes at the click of a button.

Know the Merchant’s Reputation. A growing number of online merchants are popping up in Cyberspace. Just the same, a growing number of online merchants are closing up shop. If you plan on spending large amounts on clothing from one online merchant, be clear on their reputation. Make sure the online merchant will be around later on. I was referred to a shop, which supposedly sold Authentic COACH handbags. After contacting the merchant to make sure they were legitimate, I waited before making a purchase. Thank goodness I waited before placing my order. The merchant’s site was no longer available.

Have a well-defined plan. Be absolutely positive about your online shopping needs. Have a plan of what you want and what you need. Do not deviate from this plan. Resist the temptation to purchase on impulse. Impulse buying, more often than not, ends up being full of regrets.
Know a tailor or seamstress. Buying online doesn’t allow you to make sure something will fit properly. Have in mind a tailor or seamstress you can utilize to ensure that clothing you purchase online is just right for you.

Avoid buying a larger size to be safe. Know your measurements. Have a friend help you take your measurements. Each online merchant should provide you a key to their sizes to assist you with buying your right size. Be completely familiar with their sizing chart before making a purchase.

Shopping Online is the New Standard

I am a huge proponent of online shopping because there are so many more benefits than physically visiting a mall or outlet store. From large discounts for shopping online to free shipping, the internet offers a lot of advantages that can be found all in the comfort of your own home. As a large fan of online shopping, I have converted all the shopping that I can into online purchasing, especially my clothing needs. If there is a rare item that you need to find, or you cannot leave the house due to illness, the internet is especially handy when it comes to these certain instances. However, even if there are no circumstances such as these, the internet cannot be ignored as one of the premier resources for online shopping for clothes.

With the internet, you have the ability to compare items from different brand names side by side which can help you make a decision as to what to purchase. Another large advantage of shopping online is the selection that is offered which is considerable larger than individual stores stock of clothing. This allows for extended shopping within each brand name and comparison between items you may not have known were offered by those companies. The larger selection also helps you add depth to your wardrobe by allowing you to buy more clothes from the brands you enjoy.

Along with the absolutely huge selections, one of the things that I love about shopping online is the fact that you can ship the present to any address you would like. This option came in handy last year around Christmas as I was able to shop for both my sister and my niece. I found that most websites offered, besides a large selection, a good percentage off as a result of the holiday season. Though this discount may have been found in the physical stores themselves, the discount alongside free shipping let me know that this is the best deal I can get on clothes. One website that I found to offer the most was FashionBug.com, where I did some shopping for myself, my sister and my niece. I found the clothing that I would’ve liked to buy for them and myself and then set out to work finding discounts on the web. Using Fasionbug.com coupons as my search term, I found multiple additionally discounts that I could use to further discount my total. I ended up adding an extra item for myself as a reward for doing my homework and finding a deal on the shopping I just took care of. This is a prime example of just how efficient a shopper can be when online. I made the purchase at a discount with free shipping to my relatives, while saving time and money on running out to the stores and paying for postage. I also did this entire process on my living room couch at midnight! Though the internet may take away from some of the aspects of going out to a store or mall to get the clothes you have been saving up for, the internet provides plentiful advantages that benefit the shopper much more.

How to Shop For a Fabric Purse

Fabric purses come in a wide variety of shapes and styles. Depending on where you are shopping for your purse, you may find huge variances in the quality of the construction. I am going to help point out a few things to look for when shopping for a fabric purse so that you end up with a higher quality one.

The first thing to think about when shopping for a new fabric purse is what the intended use of it is going to be. Do you want one that is a standard every day kind of purse or is it going to be one that will only be used for special occasions? Determining that will help you decide what type of fabric you want the purse to be made of. Will it be canvas, satin, microfiber or some other textile?

The second thing to think about is where you are going to shop for your new purse. Where you buy the purse could have a huge impact on the quality of the construction. Many of the large retail department stores you will find in any major metropolitan shopping center will carry these handbags. You can find them in stores like J.C. Penny, Target and Nordstrom.

Your other choice would be to shop for them online. You have a lot of options there as well. Online giants like Zappos.com and Amazon.com are good sources as well as the websites of the big box stores mentioned previously. You will also find much smaller boutique stores online that sell purses and other fashion accessories.

The small fashion boutiques online are a great place to find a designer handbag. You can even have a purse custom made for you at some places. When you are shopping form the small places like this be careful to pay attention to the details. Small businesses don’t necessarily have the same customer service standards as the big stores.

If you are unsatisfied with the quality of the product, you may have a tough time getting your money back on it. It makes sense to use a credit card that gives you the opportunity to get a charge back if you aren’t taken care of. You never see the person behind the operation, so you never really know who you are dealing with.

You can tell a lot about how professional an online purse store is by how well the website is designed. If the business owner has put enough resources into building a site that displays all of their purses and handbags for sale well, then they are much more likely to be running a professional organization behind the scenes as well. If you pay attention to these things when shopping, you are more likely to end up buying a nice purse or handbag that you will love to show off to your friends.