Looking your best can do wonders for your self-esteem, and saving money doing it does wonders for your wallet. You don't have to spend a fortune on designer clothes to sport the latest fashions. If you know where to look, you can find designer brand clothes dirt-cheap and look like a million bucks.
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Search for discounted designer items on eBay. Hundreds of merchants worldwide post listings on eBay to sell thousands of brand new designer clothing items at discount prices through online auctions. Simply search and browse the website to find cheap brand name clothing, place your bid and monitor the item -- raising your bid when necessary -- until the designated auction time has elapsed. You may not always win the bidding wars, but many times a "Buy now" option is available for immediate sale.
Browse through overstock retailers at local malls. Sometimes when clothing manufacturers produce too many clothing items, certain department stores purchase the excess items at a considerably discounted price and pass the saving on to consumers. Shop at designer discount retailers such as Marshalls, T.J.Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory to find significant savings on designer items year-round.
Visit local outlet malls, flea markets and swap meets. If you browse around such locations, you can usually find several independent merchants with varieties of designer apparel. Some entire shopping malls -- such as the Mall of America in Minnesota and Gurnee Mills in Illinois -- are dedicated to hosting outlet stores of name-brand clothing designers and manufacturers.
Shop at thrift and resale stores. Second-hand stores often have hidden gems at rock-bottom prices. If you don't mind gently used items of clothing -- you can always wash or dry-clean them -- you can find discarded designer apparel for just a fraction of the original price. It's not uncommon to stumble upon quality designer garments priced as low as £2 or £3.
Make the rounds of neighbourhood garage and jumble sales. Many community centres and churches host jumble sales as part of their fundraising efforts. Used clothing is donated and sold at low prices to benefit various causes. You may uncover designer goodies at such events, as well as neighbourhood garage and yard sales. You can usually do particularly well if you visit such sales in well-to-do neighbourhoods.
Host a trading party. If you have a few unwanted designer items hanging in your closet that you no longer wear, revive your designer wardrobe by having a trading party. Prepare some snacks and refreshments, and invite over your most stylish friends -- and their wardrobes -- for a fun-filled evening of exchanging designer clothes and accessories.
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