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BETRHO48 Posts: 8,430
2/14/14 9:44 P

shop sales, consignment shops, and good will stores

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2/14/14 7:10 P

I gained back most of what I lost be cause I am a nervous wreck right now. Can't get out to go anywhere. I lost my weight by walking 3 to 4 miles a day,


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2/14/14 6:45 P

I always shop sales, unless I'm shopping for a specific occasion. I gave up trying to fit into my skinny pants and bought 3 pairs of pants, 1 skirt & a top for less then $100.

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2/14/14 5:50 P

I have gotten some good pants and jeans at Goodwill. I've even found some that didn't need to be hemmed. One time, I even found some Ralph Lauren dress pants at Goodwill for $1. Apparently, the Goodwill here in town has some clothing for $1 on Friday's and Saturday's and, on Sunday's, $0.50. I am particular about my tops, though.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 8,701
2/14/14 4:02 P

If you haven't saved your clothes from when you were thinner, go to thrift stores or cheap stores and buy simple tops and bottoms, AND, make sure you keep those, reality is, you will be using them more than once, in these up and down trips of weight loss, this is a chronic disease, after all...............

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2/14/14 3:49 P

I haven't had to buy much yet. I'd kept all the clothes that had become too small in the hope that I might shrink into them. I've worn most of them and some have now become too big. When anything gets too big I take it to the charity shop. As I've been taking my weight loss slowly, anything I buy lasts a whole winter or summer so I buy inexpensive, preferably sale clothes when I either need or fancy something new.

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2/14/14 3:32 P

I graciously accept hand-me-downs! On the "weigh" down, I also bought sale items if cheap enough just to have something to hang on my closet door to try on as I was losing weight.

Hand-me-downs are cheaper!

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2/14/14 2:38 P

Agree with the others about going to Goodwill, consignment shops, garage sales - where I live there is a store where all of the clothing is donated and then sold with the proceeds going to a local hospice. I've found some very nice clothes there for cheap and my money is also going to a good charity, so I figure it's a win-win!

SCHOPPEK Posts: 1,060
2/14/14 9:35 A

The thrift store is your friend!

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SWEETCALA1962 Posts: 433
2/14/14 9:04 A

i don't buy new clothes unless my pants falls off

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1/30/14 3:14 P

Consignment shops to keep the price down

JHAACK39 SparkPoints: (12,340)
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1/30/14 2:39 P

Buy the cheap stuff. The stuff that's going to get ratty and wear really quickly. Then you won't feel bad about pitching it.

If you need something nicer, the secondhand stores or vintage clothing stores are the best. A lot of those 'vintage' places have stuff I wouldn't consider vintage.

Bought a tuxedo last summer at a vintage store for $50. Spent ~$150 getting it tailored. For $200, I wound up with a FAR higher quality tux that fits ME exactly, for the same price I would have paid for a cheap one at _________ (insert clothing store that sells suits 2-for-1, or a cheap tux from a tux rental place).

It was a pretty high quality, and the cut/style were pretty middle-of-the-road. Granted, I'm a dude and tuxes don't change much with the times. Sure, there's variations and such and changes to lapel sizes etc......but in every era/style the "standard" is always available. I figure a new one of comparable quality would have been $1200.

Edited by: JHAACK39 at: 1/30/2014 (14:41)
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1/30/14 10:48 A

I buy tight with stretch waists Works well can wear these for almost 30 Lb difference.

AMANDA660 Posts: 881
1/30/14 10:43 A

I bought tops that looked great but would look just as good with a belt :-) I only bought pants as needed though and found warm/hot wash and the dryer shrinks those jeans up for several wears.

LADYBIRD82 Posts: 1,684
1/30/14 9:43 A

Sale racks are the best, I went from a 22 to a 10. I either replaced items or I took them to the taylor I also have gone to Plato's closet and bought a item or two. I have sold them a few items but they tend too be picky what they buy. Best of luck shopping so much more enjoyable when you have choice.

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1/30/14 9:18 A

As cheaply as possible. Usually at Kmart. I love that store!!

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1/29/14 4:14 P

Here are the lessons I learned as I went from a size 18-20 Women's to a size 14 Petite.

I found that skirts are more economical than trousers when in the weight-loss mode. If a skirt is a bit too big, you can usually still wear it if you use a belt. But when a pair of trousers get too loose, it looks worse and there is not much you can do about it. So I wore a lot of skirts with some elastic in the waist that could expand/contract as needed -- and looked OK at a wider range of weights than trousers.

Similarly, shirts with unstructured shoulders look OK at a wider range of sizes. Things that are very tailored usually look bad when they don't fit perfectly. But less structured items fare better as you change sizes.

Finally, simple classic lines and colors that coordinate well with other items will give you maximum ability to "mix and match" to stretch a few items into several different outfits. When you get really trendy and unique in styling, it often becomes more difficult to create new outfits by making different combinations.

Strive to get maximum use out of each piece you buy -- and don't forget to try on old clothes you may have packed away somewhere because they got too tight. Those clothes are free.

Good luck!

Edited by: ONLINEASLLOU at: 1/29/2014 (16:16)
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1/29/14 1:49 P

When I first starting getting healhty, I started at 225lbs back in 2009, as I lost weight and changed sizes I would get clothes from friends when they cleaned out their closets or the good will, second hand stores etc.
I didn't start going to stores and buying "new" clothes until I get to a size I was happy with. NOW that I have gained back 20 of the 70 I lost my clothes and I are not getting along. I did have to break down and get a couple pairs of pants but I went to an outlet mall and get nice pants for really cheap, I know that I won't be in them for long.

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1/29/14 1:45 P

I buy clothes at an SPCA rummage store. It doesn't matter to me if they have been worn by someone else as long as they are in good condition, and the money goes to help animals. I like that! Sometimes I shop at WalMart because they have good prices and I don't have a lot of money. Unfortunately I'm a yo-yo dieter emoticon and have a lot of different sizes of clothing.

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SIMONEKP Posts: 2,607
1/29/14 1:18 P

I just can't wear clothes previously worn someone else, personal preference. So I shop the sale and clearance racks. Sometimes I buy things that are a few sizes too small if the price is right and work toward fitting into them. I also wear some things for a while after they really don't fit anymore because they're too big.


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1/29/14 12:59 P

Honestly, when I'm actively losing weight I wear workout clothes a LOT. I'm a stay-at-home mom so I can get away with wearing cute workout clothes most of the day. emoticon I usually buy a single nice pair of jeans when I drop a size so I have something decent to wear if I need to actually "get dressed." I also have a church wardrobe (skirts, tops, etc) that are stretchy or drawstring so they will fit while I am several sizes. When I'm totally sick of whatever I'm wearing, I will go to a thrift store (our local Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc) and grab a few items for cheap. I also sometimes will sew a new skirt to wear (I often prefer skirts to pants, no reason, just preference).

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IVYXXO Posts: 695
1/28/14 3:35 P

I buy smaller clothes

1/28/14 3:08 P

I bought minimally and mostly from Goodwill. I didn't want to spend too much on something that might not fit too long. I went from a 16 to a 6 in about a year so sometimes it was hard. Not that I really wanted to complain about the problem, mind you. ;-)

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1/28/14 2:58 P

I buy a couple of basics (black, gray, navy pants, black blazer) and then work less expensive items in around them. I have to look professional for work but its' not required that I wear a suit so I have been able to wear the same pants with different tops that I find at Target, Fred Meyer and on clearance. I don't vary much on top because I have broad shoulders and a bustline that stays pretty much the same regardless of where I'm at on the scale. It's the bottoms that tend to bag as a lose weight. So I find moderately priced pants and jeans.

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1/28/14 2:46 P

I've gone from a 24 to a 12, so it has been a challenge.

I mostly work from home, so I've been wearing a lot of workout clothes for the last couple of years. I never have more than one pair of jeans that fits. I've also bought dresses that are forgiving, either in the looseness of the cut or the fact that they wrap and can be tightened.

I don't have any clothes in my target size, so it will be great to finally get there and start building a real wardrobe again.

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GINNABOOTS Posts: 7,144
1/28/14 12:09 P

Goodwill and second hand shops

ASHLEYAMBER0710 Posts: 244
1/28/14 12:08 P

Goodwill, ross, I also for my birthday asked for a nice outfit or two because its important to feel amazing even through out the transformation. At least for me. When I can see the outcome of my hard it encourages me to work harder.

DOWN135 Posts: 721
1/28/14 11:45 A

I still own my goal weight clothes too and I'm so ready to get back into those clothes...will look like I did a lot of shopping for clothes people have never seen! And for free! But I do want to buy some new clothes too but I want to get to my goal weight first. Trying to reach my goal by end of March!

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1/28/14 11:34 A


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1/28/14 9:09 A

I still own my "goal weight" clothes... But I didn't want to spend a ton of money on the in-between sizes, so I go to consignment shops and get what I need now, so hopefully I can donate them or consign them when I can fit back into my smaller clothes.

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1/28/14 8:51 A

Since I had a couple of sizes smaller already in my wardrobe, I've been able to use those clothes. Now, I'm at a point where the smallest will soon be very baggy and I'll need new. I've between 25 and 30 more pounds I want to lose so don't want to get much. In the past, I've found that buying a size smaller than where I am doesn't help. I'm going to be looking for sales and clearance items as others have suggested and only buy the minimum I need for now.

Wishing you much success.

1/28/14 8:33 A

Regular stores - not a lot at any one time.

1/28/14 8:33 A

Regular stores - not a lot at any one time.

1/28/14 8:32 A

Regular stores - not a lot at any one time.

1/28/14 8:32 A

Regular stores - not a lot at any one time.

1/28/14 8:32 A

Regular stores - not a lot at any one time.

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1/28/14 8:18 A

I shop at thrift stores.

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1/27/14 11:57 P

Right now, I have clothes that are really baggy and only a few that actually fit. When I know that I have to look presentable when I leave the house, I wear what fits, even though that means I am wearing the same thing over and over again. When I am just out running errands, I wear athletic clothes that are pretty baggy.


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QUILTINGQUE Posts: 3,110
1/27/14 11:06 P

I have a hard time spending money on clothes that I'm hoping won't fit for long. Like many of you, I shop at the Goodwill for gently used clothing. When I reach my ultimate goal, I will reward myself with a whole new wardrobe!

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1/27/14 9:26 P

I really don't purchase most things new at this point yet. I enjoy going to thrift stores or gently used clothing stores. I've got lots of cute things at very reasonable prices. That way, if I get tired of the item I can recycle it back to the same store or Salvation Army. I try to get items that I can change off to make many different outfits. It's nice to feel like I can pick different things out of my closet and look pretty good.

ANARIE Posts: 12,772
1/27/14 6:51 P

Seasonal clearance!!!

I used my weight loss as an excuse to buy things at 75-90% off that weren't at all practical or classic. Normally if you see a purple flowered sweater in February, you think, "Oh, I would only get to wear it once or twice before it gets too warm, and it won't be in style next year. And it only goes with one other thing in my wardrobe, so I won't be able to make multiple outfits or extend the season." But if you're really losing weight, you will only be able to wear something a few times anyway before it's too big. By the time your clearance item is out of season, it will be out of size anyway, and you can donate it right away instead of hanging it in your closet for a year and discovering that the trend has moved on. I was never a trendy, fashionista type, but for that year when my weight was dropping, I shopped like a teenager.

And in the process, I learned a lesson I still use: You get far better bargains at end-of-season sales in slightly upscale places than you do by shopping at places that are always cut-rate. Stores like Dillards, Macy's, Ann Taylor, etc. run those 90% off sales. When you get a $175 dress for $17.50, you can practically treat it like it's disposable-- wear it twice, then give it away.

Also, look into consignment resale shops, both to buy and to get a little money back. Many of them will take anything that's less than two years old and try to get you 20-25% of the original retail price. If you paid full price, it takes a tiny bit of the sting out. If you bought it on clearance, you can actually luck into making a little profit! (Although you do usually have to pay for professional cleaning.)

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1/27/14 5:57 P

I went to a thrift store, plus I did have a few things from when I had lost weight before. But after ww and spark, I gave my larger clothes to the thrift store...not going back to 50 # heavier and it has been about 10 years

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EELPIE Posts: 2,700
1/27/14 5:55 P

Thrift stores ;)

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KKKAREN Posts: 12,153
1/27/14 5:54 P

I alter down as much as possible then I buy something new to fit and alter down as necessary

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,393
1/27/14 1:51 P

When buying "new" I do so with an eye on whether an item could be altered easily, in the hopes that I'll be able to fix them to fit, and not have to outright replace them. Trouble is, I'm down like 5+ sizes now.... there's just no turning a 22W into a 14R... so... I have a few more things than I'd hoped, going into storage and/or new homes. I am hopeful however that any new 14's I buy, will be able to be trimmed down to a 10 (my anticipated goal size).

I haven't bought any true "investment pieces" in ages, I have been relying on sale racks, hand-me-downs, thrift-store finds and cheaper-quality items to tide me over. Every once in a while it does kind of bug me that the EPIC zippered jacket I bought only 18 months ago will never, ever fit again. I'd bought it when I'd still been of the mindset that I would be "a big girl forever and might as well own the look and rock it." Was it a waste of money? I don't actually think so. Deciding to "do the best with what i had and look as nice as possible, size regardless" was a decision that led to the increase in self-esteem and motivation that made the subsequent weight-loss possible. So as a clothing investment it failed but in the bigger picture, it was money well spent.

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1/27/14 1:43 P

You don't have to buy an entire new wardrobe. As you lose, you buy a couple of transitional peices as you move between sizes. I too shopped at the Goodwill, Salvation Army and consignment stores for clothes. You might also check the sales racks at Macy's. Macy's is constantly having sales. I always check their sales racks.

If you find that you have too many pieces of clothing, then you donate the pieces that are still in good condition that you don't fit any more. Also, when is the last time you checked through your closet and tried on clothes ? If it hasn't been in a while, you might want to go through your clothes. You may already have some nice clothes in sizes you will be fitting soon.

I can't tell you how many pieces of clothing I bought over the years and stuck in the closet to completely forget. You may be in a similar situation. Check your closet.

SHERYLDS Posts: 13,718
1/27/14 1:43 P

buying a few pieces in your new size is good...I think it helps adjust your body image and keeps you moving toward your goal.

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1/27/14 1:32 P

I shop at Goodwill, the Salvation Army, thrift shops and places like Target. I have bought practically brand-new jeans in thrift shops and such for as little as $3 a pair. Then when you grow out of them, donate them back if they are still in decent condition.

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07SOJO Posts: 1,648
1/27/14 1:02 P

The easiest thing I have found is to buy clothes at garage sales, flea markets, or second hand stores. You spend a lot less money that way. When you get to your goal, you can use your hard-earned money to buy new stuff. You can re-donate your bigger clothes.

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1/27/14 12:58 P

For several years now, I've been on the "want to lose weight" train, but haven't actually lost weight! And, since I've been stalling in the weight loss arena, I've also been stalling in the "build a real wardrobe" arena.

How do you deal with buying clothes while you're losing weight? I want to buy things that fit well, and that I enjoy, but if I am hoping/planning to lose weight, then my motivation is squashed, and I worry about overspending.

Has anyone else had this issue?

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