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Fashion Recession: Fab's Guide to Savvy Shopping, Part III

Fashion Recession: Fab's Guide to Savvy Shopping, Part III

By now, you've already given yourself a monthly shopping allowance and reintroduced yourself to your closet. Let's move forth.

Tip #6: There is no better time to hit the sale racks than now. My Online Sale Alerts can help, as can, a.k.a. the Google for fashion sales. Be careful not to buy more just because the items you're finding are so cheap. There's no use in discount shopping if you're going to spend frivolously.

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Other bargain online retailers to check out are eBay (and our eBay Find of the Week), Etsy, and pretty much every online retailer's sale section. Don't overlook your local thrift shops; they're bound to have great deals.

Tip #7: Many of you already do this, but if you don't, start selling your unwanted goods on eBay and at your local consignment store. It may seem like a hassle — and at times it is — but it will feel great when the dough starts raking in. Designer brands tend to attract more customers, so dust off that Louis Vuitton you haven't carried in years and sell it to someone who will give it more love. Here are some tips for listing your items on eBay:

  • Sell items that are on trend, that people are currently lusting over. This will increase your selling chances.
  • Put yourself in the customer's shoes; what search words would you input in order to find your desired item? Use those words in the description headline.
  • To determine your starting amount, research eBay to find out what your competition has done. If possible, sell your item for a little less.
  • Though posting one picture is free, I say spend a few more dollars and take several photos of your item. It helps customers see every angle of your piece.
  • If you don't mind showing your face on the Internet, I recommend taking a picture of you in the item. It's more desirable than if it's sitting on your bed.


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