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Jul 8

Written by: kkoch
7/8/2010 6:50 PM

How To Dress Stylish For Less

How to buy clothes for pennies or almost.

Consignment stores are a great and trendy way to find the designer brands you know and for a fraction of the department store.

Always try on the outfit or garment to insure it fits.

Inspect the garment carefully before you purchase. You will not be able to return any consignment shop clothes, however they may give exchanges. Hold them up to the light to check for holes. Inspect the heels and toes of the shoes, also check the bottoms of purses and pilling of sweaters.

It doesn’t hurt to bargain, they may be ready to reduce the prices. Items that have been in the store for a couple of months may be ready for a markdown. The end of the season is a great time to receive the biggest discounts.

Some consignment shops have high end garments. Some shops have a large selection of sizes and styles to choose from.

Here are a few tips on sell your clothes to get the best dollar.

· Prep your clothes:  the better the condition the better the chance of selling at the high price. Dry clean, iron and replace any missing buttons.

· Sell in season: Bring your items to sell in the beginning of the season.

· Know the stores polices: Most stores only accept merchandise by appointment. Know if clothing should be on hangers or folded.

· Be selective: Bring a few different items to determine which items sell best. Watch to see what types of clothes sell. Stay away from selling designer knock offs.




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