We can agree that pop culture is undeniably the biggest contributor of fashion trends in a highly digital era. The most notable and vital difference between the celebs we admire and ourselves is simple: tax bracket. We all simply cannot afford the Givenchy Kim K rocks on her dates or Louboutins Lala Anthony steps out in on a night on the town in NYC. However, just because we can't afford their brands doesn't mean we can't be fashionable as we go about our daily lives on the MTA and at the office. Most people shop at the bigger department stores, which oftentimes comes with some equally big price tags. Alternatively, consumers can shop at local minority owned boutiques, vintage stores, or consignment and thrift shops. It may require a bit more effort in terms of locating stores and actually finding pieces, but you are sure to get more bang for your buck AND increase your originality exponentially.
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Thrifting is the art or hobby of shopping in second hand and vintage clothing stores. The amazing thing about thrift shopping is that you always find great stuff for unbelievably cheap that no one else will probably have, at least not in this era. It gives you an opportunity to go out of your element and explore even if you don't have much money. The cool thing about buying thrifted clothes is that once you've run them through the washer and dryer, they're as good as new. Nobody will ever suspect that you dug them out of the bottom of a used clothes box, that is unless you want them to. As fun as it is, it can also be very overwhelming if not done strategically. Below are some tips to help the curious bargain hunter achieve a successful trip to the thrift store.