Everyone loves a good deal. I am no exception. The Office dress code is business casual and I like to wear a lot of dresses and skirts (another secret I only have one suit coat). Since dresses and skirts cost a lot of dollars I usually find a lot of cute and practical outfits at my favorite Minneapolis thrift stores. Here are some helpful tips on stores to go to and what to look for.
- Go in with no expectations. This is usually when I find the best clothing.
- Disregard all sizes. Sizes are misleading, just look for things you think might fit you and then try them on. Sometimes you will be surprised.
- Don’t be afraid to try on something you think might not look good on you. Belts or cardigans can be your best friend.
- Consider the price. Sometimes clothing items are marked up way too high. Ex.: today I found a cuttttte dress that I wanted to buy but the zipper had a hole in it and it was still $18. What the heck? I had to leave it behind.
- Buffalo Exchange, located in Uptown I usually don’t have a problem finding something here. Pros: they have nice stuff and very well organized, they love the Earth; Cons: it’s in Uptown so parking is tricky and prices are a little higher than they maybe should be.
- Everyday People, locations in Uptown and St. Paul. Pros: reasonable prices; Cons: The racks are always SO full or high it is hard to see stuff (and my arms get tired), again parking.
- Goodwill, best location, Bloomington. Pros: great prices; Cons: so much stuff to look at it can be overwhelming.