I’ll just say it from the get-go, I’m cheap. I struggle to spend more than $20 on a pair of jeans, the most I’ve ever spent on a pair of shoes is $40, and I almost cried handing over that much money. It’s not that I don’t appreciate well made or expensive clothes, it’s just that I was raised by very frugal parents, so I can almost never buy something that isn’t on the clearance rack.
When you’re restricted to just the sale section of department stores, however, shopping can become pretty stressful and sometimes pretty disappointing. Enter thrift shops. The issue with thrift shops is that it’s even more stressful to find something you love. There is something charming about walking into a musty thrift store, pumping 70’s porn music through the speakers, ironically run by a wrinkled elderly woman, but the charm of the place isn’t the only place you can find beautifully vintage and odd pieces.
To lessen the stress of bargain shopping, why not ever leave home? I’ve compiled a list of 7 awesome ways to shop while looking fabulous and being unique from the comfort of your home:
This is a website that not only you can buy online, but you can also sell. So you can sell everything you don’t actually want anymore, freeing up space for all the new bargain shopping steals you bring in.
This isn’t quite as dirt-cheap as some of the previous options, but it is brand new items.. Order from Boohoo, you’ll know the quality is good, but the prices are far from outrageous.
If you’ve heard of Wish, you know that it’s dangerously addicting. It’s an app that sells a myriad of different items, mostly clothing, for impossibly low prices. We’re talking clothes for $3. Shipping takes forever, however, because everything is made and shipped from Asia. The other thing to be wary of on this site is that it’s not 100% what it seems. I’ve ordered something, and received something different in the mail. If I don’t like it, I return it, or I sell it to a store like Plato’s Closet.
I love glitter. I believe it’s something that everyone SHOULD love. And Sophie and Trey reminds me of glitter. Probably because they have an entire tab labeled “shimmer”. Their dresses are to die for, with an entire section dedicated to Little Black Dresses. Their clothing style is very similar to Forever 21, but not nearly as cheaply made, so you know it’ll last you a while.
Going to the landing page of Mink Pink is what it would look like if you adorably took pictures of you wearing every outfit in your closet. It’s like a little mini fashion show. Pictures of the same model posing in a thousand cute outfits you wish were already in your closet, and it’s honestly effing adorable. The aesthetic isn’t the only thing that’s cute about this place, though. Hop over to any section (their sleepwear is to die for) and you’ll be thanking me later.
Heading to this website reminds me of the days when the only place I’d shop was wetseal. Their clothes fit a very similar style, and the website screams to pay attention, and I’m always much to willing to oblige. They’re almost always having some sort of sale, which I LOVE, because the only thing better than online shopping, is cheap online shopping.
This is similar to ThredUp. It’s essentially an online consignment shop. With this one, and ThredUp, you are buying used clothes, which can be a turn-off for some people. But just because they’ve been worn doesn’t mean that they’re not good quality. Used clothing doesn’t mean dirty and gross. It just means less expensive. 😉
There are a lot of options to online shop now, which means that I can comfortably expand my closet without having to sift through dusty grandma jeans, or crying as I hand over hundreds of dollars at a department store. You now have 7 new websites to start your shopping spree on just in time for the holidays. The best part is your wallet won’t be run dry after al the presents you have to buy if you use these money-saving online-stores.
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