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FINDING TREASURE through

By SABRA STAFFORD

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f the changing season has you thinking a change is in order for your wardrobe, but your pocketbook is crying “no, no, no” then the answer may be to get a bit thrifty, as in thrift stores and consignment shops. It’s here that a savvy shopper can find some stylish finds at a fraction of the retail price. Here are four tips to keep in mind to make sure your thrifty trek is a true treasure.

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Keep an open mind. Be open to the possibilities you can find while perusing the racks. Modesto’s Second Chance Consignment and Costume Corner co-owner Beth Rose says one of the best benefits about shopping in a thrift or consignment shop is the chance to be creative. “We’re getting items in the shop from so many people and that creates a real variety in the store. By picking and choosing from different designers they can create their own style and be assured they won’t run into their ‘twin’ somewhere around town.”

Tahari dress ......................... $16.75 Poetry jacket ......................... $6.75 Anne Klein shoes ................ $9.50 Ecko clutch ............................. $9.50 Blue coral necklace .......... $20.00 Outfit total =

$62.50

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Check for quality. Most of the items in thrift stores are still in good shape and have arrived there because the clothes no longer fit, no longer hold the same appeal, or have become dated. But it’s still a good idea to check that all the buttons are still attached, the zipper still works and the clothing is free of rips, holes and stains. And remember to be realistic of your own sewing skills.

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