Looking forward to building the spring/summer wardrobe.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Ideal protein diet people and others will get this post and long term dieters will too.

I do not regret the time, effort and money associated with my weight loss, but I wish to say thank you to the Goodwill and consignment shops that have helped me rebuild a wardrobe. When you drop that many sizes, not amount of "going to the back of the closet" will provide you with something to wear. I mean, who is going to wear pants with that many pleats!

I live in a town where people discard clothing with the tags still on them. Jeans from Talbots/Chicos/J Jill/ Style Co and I have to wonder, what makes these people purchase and never wear wonderful, current season clothing. I do enjoy going into retail shops such as Macys and JCP, but to be honest I still purchase IP vitamins and diet food so I watch other expenses. It's been amazing what I have found on the racks at resell shops and thrift stores.

Some tips I have learned from my forays into second hand clothing

1: If you don't love it, don't purchase it. Returns aren't accepted in most thrift stores.

2: It needs to be in like new condition and without wear and stains.

3: It should be currently stylish and in seasonal colors that flatter you.

4: It should fit now, without alterations. You can replace buttons lost if you have the time and skill to do so.

5: Check to see washing instructions. Many "dry clean" items appear because upkeep is expensive and time consuming.

6: Try it on, wear stockings or tights if you have a problem with second hand clothing up against your skin without being cleaned by you.

7: Know the name brands and your sizes for them. I am a 10 petite in Talbots or an 8 regular, yes that makes no sense. Chico's is a size one, but I can fit in some .5 which is strange.
8: I avoid shoes, but love purses!

Thanks for reading and any suggestions added and feedback given would be welcomed. Have a great weekend!
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    Thank you for these tips, I will have to check out our "second chance stores". emoticon
    1815 days ago
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