As is tradition for a new season, I usually do one big haul from a couple of different places to update my wardrobe. Now, I’m not really an online shopper because I abso-fucking-lutely hate returning things. I normally do all my shopping in stores where I can try things on and get a real feel for the way things fit me. I created this guide of where I get the things I need for the best deal because ya girl is not a fan of paying full price. I like discounts. Small discounts, big discounts, medium sized discounts. I like discounts of all shapes and sizes.

That being said I usually shop at the places I’m going to spend the least amount of money first a.k.a thrift stores. Thrift stores are my shit! Here in the Orlando area there’s two franchises of thrift stores called Plato’s Closet + Style Encore. They have people sell their old stuff to them and then flip it for profit. Which is advantageous for a gal like me because that means I get name brand items that I only have to pay a fraction of the original price for.

The other place I love to go to get discounted clothes is Goodwill. Goodwill can sometimes get a bad rep for being dirty or disorganized but that’s bullshit. I’ve been to several different Goodwill’s, some that look like Walmart after Black Friday and some that look like Target first thing in the morning. It’s a 50/50 street you’re walking down but no matter what Goodwill store you go into you’ll ALWAYS find good clothes and good deals.

Finally the only other place I shop frequently that is in my price range and has an abundance of cute shit is Target. I would live in Target if the zombie apocalypse came and everything was deserted. Their clearance section for clothes usually changes from time to time but it mostly stays at 30% off which is not bad. I’ve found a lot of good items here for practically thrift store prices.

There are some specifics for each store that I think anyone who’s going to these places should know ahead of time.

If you can, always check social media of these stores before going there. Plato’s Closet will usually have posted on either Instagram or Facebook about any deals they might be having or even better if you are signed up for their text-messages (because you’re a hard-core Plato’s goer like myself) then they’ll tell you when their sales begin and end.

1.Check with someone when you get to the store or call ahead about what sales are happening. Places like Goodwill will occasionally announce store wide during certain hours of the day when certain items are on sale. Instead of dilly-dallying around for 5 hours, just ask someone before hand if they have sales and when they are going to be.

2. Positive note: I used to work in a thrift store so I know what the fuck I’m talking about when I say that regardless of the sales going on, you’re going to get that bang for your buck. Don’t fret (seriously don’t be THAT fucking customer) if there aren’t sales because the prices are normally really low in Plato’s/Style Encore and Goodwill no matter what.

3. Know the sales system ahead of time. If there are sales but they work a certain way as it does with most stores not just thrift stores. Make sure that you know how it works. Maybe it’s only stuff that’s got a colored tag, clearance tag, or no tag just a vague sign. You can walk in and ask or ask over the phone what kind of sales system they have.

Some common questions:

Do you need to buy a certain amount of items to get some free?

Do you need to have a membership in order to participate?

Do you need to be signed up for rewards to participate?

What is the percentage off? For how long?

Do you need to spend a certain amount to get this percentage off?

Do you have ongoing discounts all year long?

Do you have a rewards system? How does it work?

Do you have coupons available? How do they work?

Now onto the heavier stuff, if you’re looking for let’s say items like some simple blue jean shorts ($3.49) or a classic Calvin Klein blue jean skirt ($10) like the ones pictured below you should head to Plato’s Closet or Goodwill. Keep in mind, a lot of the Plato’s Closet have more in stock in smaller sizes when in comes to bottoms. Goodwill on the other hand has more in stock in the bigger sizes when it comes to bottoms. Both at affordable prices.

Here in Florida spring weather is just as much as beach weather as summer weather is. So, if you’re looking for beach attire without breaking the bank then head to Target. I found this super cute swimsuit for around $20 coupled with a sale they had been having that day. It’s important to remember you might not always get the same deals always. You have to consciously look for them.

Since it’s hotter now, I like to stock up on flowy/open dresses/rompers for those days when I can’t be bothered to really dress myself.  This soft cotton t-shirt dress with a criss-cross back is from Plato’s ($10). Plus, as a bonus it has pockets!

Last but not least, tank tops! You really can’t have enough when these temperatures get to be too much. I have an assortment of regular plain ones in some signature colors to more dressy type tanks as well. A couple of these are from Target and the rest Plato’s.

Thanks for reading and I hope you guys liked this. Let me know in the comments what you thought and if you wanna see more of this kind of post.

xoxo Darcy Mae Modica

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