MotorCycle Jacket $249.00 (on sale)
SHOPPING DAY! YEAH! Time to have Fun! Start by dressing in separates that you have never worn together in your life. Throw on a leather jacket and belt it. C’mon just start. Remember as a child when you put on 3 shirts, a frilly skirt, donned 12 necklaces and paraded for hours in 5 inch heels from mom’s closet? Do it again. NO RULES! When you have a few NEW outfits lined up, make sure you take photos or video to remind you. Search your stack of catalogs or the magazine rack for style ideas while rummaging thru your clothes. Try replicating a few ensembles with what you have displayed. Play with your clothes. If all you are missing is a belt or a sweater to complete a look you wish to achieve, put those items on the ” I need this” Shopping List for another day. A small spiral notebook or class it up with a small journal. Just keep a list.
CATAGORY: Take all the pieces of clothing, shoes, accessories and “what the hell was I thinking” stuff and sort all of them. If a shirt is beyond all hope, cut it up for cleaning towels. For goodness sakes, don’t buy cleaning towels with your hard-earned money. I know they can be oh so cute! They are free in your closet.
1) Law Of Fabric: Think of all the shirts, skirts, dresses and blouses as “Fabric”. Just like purchasing fabric at Fields Fabric or Joanns. Even old sweaters are”fabric” of sorts. Sweaters can be used for re-covering a dog pillow. Also, look at the beautiful buttons. Buttons definitely have a new purpose. People collect them. Again, if you know a sewer, she may want them. A dress is merely a couple of yards of fabric. Once you start to think of clothing this way, your mind can come up with dozens of ideas. So, change your thinking. Any decent minded sewer knows you NEVER THROW ANY FABRIC AWAY. It is a LAW. OK! Now this is where the buddy who sews comes in. Any piece of clothing can miraculously turn into a “trendy bit of stuff”. In the blink of an eye, Poof! Another stylish ensemble. After all, Cinderella had her friends, the mice, who sewed and sang their way to quite a lovely frock. And look how she turned out!! Just sayin.
2) Creative: Have lots of belts in your closet? Turn those skinny belts into bracelets. Chain belts are soooo easy to re-invent. It’s jewelry. Add a few metal brads or add beads, put on a few stones from old jewelry. That belt can transform into hot looking bracelets or what ever you want them to be. It is so Cool. Any crafty person can help you with this. Voila! A one of a kind bracelet that you can say, ” Oh, I picked this up at a cute little boutique in New York” . Well that’s what I would say. You do not have to over-share these little re-invented treasures with anyone. However, If your friend spills the beans. Just Remember, you probably know DIRT on her as well, and not afraid to use it. : ) Me, I Love Pearls. So I just had to show you this photo. Love it! There is a bracelet to match.
Pearls on Woven Belt $450.00
3) Exchange: Purses and shoes. Same applies. Re-Invent them, sell them or another Barb’s Super Saver Tip is: Have an EXCHANGE PARTY! Yes, that’s right. Call your friends and neighbors and have an “Exchange Party”. Everyone brings items they no longer need or want. Drinks, Snacks, Lots of Laughs. I always like to have a few “Where Did That Come From” items to kick it up a notch. Conduct the exchange in Freestyle or as an Auction with play money. Remember! Leave your wallets at home. We are here to save money and go home Gorgeous. The Exchange Party also works with household items. A lamp, desk, Vases, bar-ware, you name it. Just have fun with it.
4) Consignment Shops- 2 ways: The quality is usually very good, lots of recognizable names. The prices are a fraction of the department stores. Again, look at each piece of clothing in 2 ways. Questions to ask: Can I wear this off the rack as is or, can I tweak it? Perhaps re-invent it into something even more stylish? As is or remaking your purchase is still going to save big bucks. Your budget will love you. And, you will love yourself. Bring your “fashion needs” notebook or journal. See, this is why I said to write it down. What pieces do you need to complete a “look” you were going for? The Notebook or Journal is a great idea for department store shopping as well. Carry it with you. Mine is well-worn and loved. Saves time and money on returning items. Having trouble finding a consignment shop you like. Ask around. Check local ads. I have my favorites. One of which, the proceeds go to the cancer society. Sometimes I might pay a bit more, but it’s all good. Once you find the store you like. Let the staff know you are looking for certain pieces and certain sizes. They want your business. They will keep a watchful eye and ring you up when a stylish bit of stuff comes in. Networking at it’s finest.
5) Goodwill or Salvation Army: Have you been lately? Everything from computers to lace bras. I found 2 tall bookcases in excellent condition for $20 bucks each. They accompanied my friend home. Cool! Finds include, lots of prom type dresses, wedding dresses, some career clothing, it all goes fast. Do not forget the fabric rule. If it’s a nice piece of fabric, it can be transformed. Jeans, jeans and more jeans. Have any ideas for jeans? These stores have tons of jeans. Need pots for your plants. They got ’em! Just take your time and look with an open mind. An old leather vest came come to life again with new buttons, a zipper and a few stitches to give it more shape. Alterations at a local shop would be minimal $$. Tip to remember: These stores have Sales on certain days and the last day of the month is usually 1/2 off day. Even better!! Check for any flyers at the front desk as you walk in.
6) Garage Sale: I know, I know! A garage sale or yard sale does take time to prepare and set up. I am an old pro at garage sales. No comments please. It is Fall where I live and temps can be quite cool now. I had a sale a few weeks ago. Did pretty darn well. Once your items are prepared and marked, the battle is over. It’s Money Time. Spring and Summer is the best of times for this. To me, I do not care. I have a ball anyway. Coffee and donuts with my friends and lots of really cool conversations with my “customers”. Having a sale is sort of like being a BarTender. People will say anything and they do. All the while making money in your own driveway. Who knew. Best time to start thinking garage sale? January! You have lots of nice lovely gifts from the Holidays, right? Plus, you get snowed in any way and the Cable keeps going out so, what to do? Gather the family and start going thru your STUFF. Sort it out and mark your items to sell. At the very least, sort it and mark later. Fold and pack the items away in bins or boxes. Voila! come the Spring, you are good to go! I know you will find even more items for this sale. **Do not forget, rule # 1, look at the clothing pieces as a possible re-inventable item. ** Household items can be re-purposed in new way as well.
Just ensure he has a pair of great fitting jeans, when you find them, buy several. Same goes for most men’s clothes. I love the look in the photo. Please do not buy bulky sweaters. Soft, luxurious fibers are best, such as a cashmere blend. Check out Macy’s, Kohls and J C Penney. Simple. Stylish. Good Looking! Who could ask for more? And you get to take him home! Look for men’s clothing at consignment shops and garage sales. I see great pieces all the time. Again, make friends with the staff of those shops.