There’s nothing like finding a needle in a haystack. Especially when the needle’s a $5 cashmere sweater or a $3 pair of designer jeans! I’m talking about thrift store shopping and because you’re reusing merchandise, you’re not just saving money - you’re also saving the planet. Here’s how to look great on a budget. We found this on the website WalletPop.com:

  • Scout local thrift shops  and ask where they get their goods. You want to find locations that collect from upscale areas where “retail therapy” is an art form.
  • Shop brands. If you’re a thrift store newbie, look for designer labels and well-known names. You’ll be more confident that you’ve found a deal. If you’re savvy, you can finance your shopping habit by flipping items that aren’t your size or style on internet auction sites.
  • Launder or dry clean everything. Even if the item still has the original price tag, they’ve been handled by lots of people, tried on and stored with other garments.
  • Become a regular. Make friends with the staff so they know what sort of items you’re after. It’s also a good idea to find out when stores put out their new merchandise so you can show up early.