Wednesday, October 7, 2009


By Contributing Writer: Keren Charles

"Ok, I admit it…I love shopping at thrift stores, it's my best kept shopping secret! You would be amazed at the fantastic items that I have scored over the years.

Because of the economy, there is no longer a social stigma attached to shopping for secondhand fashion. Many see it as a great alternative to shopping for a new-to-you wardrobe.

But if you are new to this fashionable trend, I offer the following tips to help you have a wonderful shopping experience:

Make a list & check it twice: When you enter a thrift store it can be overwhelming. All of those racks of clothes. You have to approach it as a treasure hunt. So take an inventory of your closet to see what you really need and shop for those items first.

Wear leggings, tank top & flip flops: Some thrift stores have a final sale policy and many do not have dressing rooms. So make sure you wear something that is easy enough for you to try on clothes

Best Location: Thrift stores located in affluent neighborhoods tend to have a better selection of items.

Become a preferred customer. I make it a point to go thrifting at least once a week. Some of the employees at my favorite stores know me. I know when the new merchandise comes in, upcoming sales and much more.

Want to give it a try? Check out these Thrifty Shopping Events in Atlanta this weekend.

Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 8:00am- 12:00pm

Monthly Thrift Store Shopping Trip: The group will visit various stores in Marietta

Hosted by: The Original Thrift Store Shoppers Group


Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 4:00pm-7:00pm

Fill-A-Bag Shopping Party: Pay $25 for a shopping bag full of new-to-you fashion

The Spirit of Success Clothing Connection

Hosted by: ATL FashionSWAP Group

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