Saturday, August 27, 2011

Two Great Stores For Deals

I turned 22 today. And it was a great birthday! My family and I went out to get a printer in Timonium, and I found a few new places to shop!
1.) "Uptown Cheapskate"

GREAT store! They had many popular brands- but they were a bit pricey for me to resell for a profit. They have great deals on handbags like Vera Bradley. And everything was in perfect condition. You can give them cash when checking out; or trade them clothes. I fell like they are going to get A LOT of business!

2.) Goodwill in Timonium

I am very loyal to my local Goodwill; but this Goodwill has got it goin' on! Their selection was amazing- in fact- I only went through the handbag section! I walked out with about 15 brand name handbags for under $70. This store is a bit too far for me to shop there daily, but it is a definite weekend hit!

By the time I was done with my handbag shopping spree, it was pouring- so we decided to cut the day a bit short. All in all, I had a great birthday, and I can not wait to list my Nine West, Isaac Mizrahi, and Fossil bags! There are many more- I just can not remember them all right now!

Also, I'd like to thank Hurricane Irene for showing up for my birthday. Hopefully we do not get hit TOO hard- please be safe everyone!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Smart Shopping

1. Strategically.
Start in one section, look through each item, then work your way around to all of the sections of the store. Sure, it is tempting to jump from the women's sales rack to the children's sales rack, but this can cause you to miss amazing deals that aren't even on the sales rack.

2. Timing.
If you are able to, go shopping very early or very late. These off times allow you to beat the crowds; you won't have to fight others for a $2.00 item! In our local Goodwill, I try to be the first one there- this puts me an hour ahead of all of the others. Also, strategic shopping can also help you here- I start with the section I usually find the most deals in (handbags) then work my way around. This gets me all the handbags I want before everyone else sifts through it!

3.Sale Days.
If you have a local Goodwill, go on their sale days! This sale day clears out a lot of their inventory so they will not be overloaded throughout the week. Plus, new donations are flooding in on weekends; so everything being processed and brought on to the floor is "new"! My Goodwill sale day is Sunday- all of the clothes are 50% off!

Rue 21 also has some amazing seasonal sales- at the end of  winter, they usually have racks of jeans marked down to $7 or $10. I try to get stretch jeans in case I gain a few pounds over the winter (darn that irresistible Thanksgiving turkey!). Shop for off-season items- it will save you so much more in the long run!

So there you have it! 3 ways for smarter shopping!

Please visit my eBay store to see some of the deals I have found recently!

Monday, August 22, 2011

This week I'm a bit tight on my budget, so I am not sure how much of a shopping spree I can go on Sunday. So while I have this little bit of spare time, I thought I would do some research.

Frequently Found Brands In My Area:
I find a lot of great brand names in perfect condition in my area. Thrift stores and department stores carry so many unseen items and deals! I have listed some of the most frequently found clothing brands below:

Rue 21
Old Navy
Amanda Smith ( which I find is NOT in high demand; therefore, I rarely purchase it)
Ralph Lauren
Coldwater Creek
Eddie Bauer
Tommy Bahama

I also find lots of handbags; listed below;

Nine West
Nine & Co.
Liz Clairborne
Tommy Hilfiger
Ralph Lauren
Vera Wang

I constantly see these brand names, and often purchase most of it. I want to know how this market is in different areas for different people. Great places in my area are:


Where do you find your deals?
What brand names do you see A LOT?
What do you want to see more of?