Broke and Chic » buy/sell/trade http://brokeandchic.com Budget friendly fashion, beauty and health tips Wed, 22 Jun 2016 01:18:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.12 Threadflip Might Be the Cure to Your Shopping Addictionhttp://brokeandchic.com/threadflip-might-be-the-cure-to-your-shopping-addiction/ http://brokeandchic.com/threadflip-might-be-the-cure-to-your-shopping-addiction/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:56:12 +0000 http://brokeandchic.com/?p=15691 Are you the queen of impulse buys? Are you constantly spending money on the latest trends? Is your closet…

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Are you the queen of impulse buys? Are you constantly spending money on the latest trends? Is your closet filled with clothes you never wear? If you answered yes to any of those questions, your wardrobe might want you to hit a reset button. But who wants to throw away all their beautiful clothes? No one!

Threadflip Might Be the Cure to Your Shopping Addiction

Sure, you could try to sell them at your local Buffalo Exchange or Plato’s Closet (or donate them). But the likelihood of you making the big bucks is slim. Plus, it’s always a pain to lug a giant trash bag full of clothes and shoes. And they always put you in a pickle — should you take the cash, or the higher store credit? If you’re weak, you might pick the latter, and that puts you in the same position as you were before. Too. Many. Clothes.

San Francisco based startup, Threadflip, wants to fix your way-too-many clothes dilemma sans heavy trash bag and sans losing money.

Threadflip is a social marketplace for buying and selling pre-loved clothing and accessories. If you’re selling, here’s how it works: Threadflip will either send you a box or email you a shipping label to send your clothes to them (for free). From there, the team inspects your items for damage. If they can’t sell something, they’ll either send it back to you, or donate it to Goodwill; the choice is yours. The accepted clothes will be photographed, priced, and sent to a buyer. The final outcome is you with some extra dough!

If you’re buying, it’s just like online shopping at your favorite retailer — items are searchable based on brand, size, color, style, and price.

So if you’re an impulse buyer with too many clothes, or you want to add more designer things to your wardrobe without breaking the bank, check out Threadflip.

Curious? Check out the three items below that are currently chillin’ in my cart:

Threadflip Might Be the Cure to Your Shopping Addiction

Arden B Skirt: $28.00

Marc by Marc Jacobs bag -- only $60 on Threadflip!

Marc by Marc Jacobs Mini Bucket Bag: $60.00

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Old Navy Boots: $13.00 

If you’re less about designer and more about Kmart, JCPenney, Sears, and Walmart (Threadflip doesn’t accept clothing from those retailers), check out Vinted — another buy, sell, trade concept that doesn’t have brand restrictions.

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A Few Reasons Why You Should Sell Your Old Stuffhttp://brokeandchic.com/a-few-reasons-why-you-should-sell-your-old-stuff/ http://brokeandchic.com/a-few-reasons-why-you-should-sell-your-old-stuff/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:46:56 +0000 http://brokeandchic.com/?p=15289 If you are anything like me, you sure have accumulated a lot of things for someone on a budget.…

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If you are anything like me, you sure have accumulated a lot of things for someone on a budget. It is surprisingly easy to do. Budgeteers also tend to be pack rats. We seem to have a bit of the starvation syndrome. That is when a starving person only eats a bit of whatever food she gets, and saves the rest for when all other sources of food are gone. A broke person tends to be reluctant to let go of what they have because they never know when or if they will be able to replace it with something newer.

But there are some very good reasons why you would do better to sell what you have. On more than one occasion, the Bible has Jesus telling his followers to sell what they have and give the money to the poor. Then they would have treasure in Heaven.

I don’t think it is a good idea to sell everything. Nor do I think giving all the money to the poor is a particularly good idea. I also can’t promise you treasure in Heaven. But I can offer other compelling reasons why selling off your excess stuff is a good idea:

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Because it will help finance the purchase of more stuff

Don’t mistake me for a person preaching against the evils of materialism. Madonna was neither the first or only material girl who found herself living in a material world. But it is tough to keep that material up to date when you are on a budget. That is why you have to know the best places to unload your gently used items when it is time to upgrade.

If you are selling expensive, personal electronics such as iPhones and iPads, Gazelle.com is an excellent place to start. If you have items like luxury watches, you will need to find a used watch buyer like San Diego Jewelry Buyers. It is just a matter of finding the place that specializes in the items you have to sell. They will know how to evaluate what you have, and give you the best price. You don’t want to trust your treasures to just any old pawn shop.

Once you have made the sale, you have most of what you need to upgrade to the latest, greatest, and even more fashionable bit of material.

Because it helps you reclaim your space

If you are living on a budget, you are probably not living in a 4,000 sf. house. That means that you don’t have enough closet space. You have a bunch of things in boxes and storage bins. And at times, your lack of space makes you want to pull out your hair.

Don’t worry. You are not alone. The good news is that you can reclaim all, or at least, much of that space just by selling off the items that are now cluttering your life. One of the reasons we put off decluttering is that we don’t have the heart to throw away perfectly good items. Well, you don’t have to. Sell it instead.

It is good for the environment and humanity

The world is full of land-fills. Sometimes it seems like the earth is becoming one, big garbage dump. We throw out so many nice and functional items that our garbage dumps are starting to look like shopping malls.

Here’s a thought: let’s skip the dump and go straight to the mall. You were in love with that blouse just a year ago. I promise you that there are plenty of people who would be in love with it right now if they had the chance. It also means that there will be less waste of resources the longer someone is wearing that blouse.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if you sell it to gain otherworldly treasure, or to save the planet. It is a rare thing when religion and materialism comes up with the same answer. In the case of having too many possessions, both sides agree. Sell it!

Want to sell your clothes? Here a few places you should look into. Especially if you need extra money around the holidays!

  • Buffalo Exchange
  • Plato’s Closet
  • Beacon’s Closet
  • Crossroads Trading Co.

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5 Ways to Replenish Your Wardrobe Without Going Brokehttp://brokeandchic.com/5-ways-to-replenish-your-wardrobe-without-going-broke/ http://brokeandchic.com/5-ways-to-replenish-your-wardrobe-without-going-broke/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:42:18 +0000 http://brokeandchic.com/?p=14990 Love fashion? Love to shop? If so, you know how difficult it can be to afford all the new…

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Love fashion? Love to shop? If so, you know how difficult it can be to afford all the new trends. But don’t worry, you can often find inexpensive items to replenish your wardrobe so that you have a new look for every season.

Below are the five shopping suggestions for looking stylish on a dime.

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Consignment Stores

Consignment stores usually have high-end items at a discounted price. Since the inventory in a consignment shop can change daily, it doesn’t hurt to stop in on a weekly basis. You never know whether you will find a sweater with price tags or a beautiful gown to wear to a special event.

Ask Your Friends

Gather all of your friends together for a clothing swap party. Have each person bring the clothes and accessories they no longer want or need. Then lay it all on a table or hang it up on a rack so you can shop each others closets. You’ll all leave with a new wardrobe!

To prevent chaos, it’s best to sort all of the clothing by size to make it easier to look through the items.

Online Sales

Your favorite stores will often have great sales online that won’t ever be available in the store. So hit the web! Online stores are constantly offering great discounts and you can often sign-up to receive email notifications about sales and other perks.

This is a way to get a large amount of clothing for a low shipping price as well, because most stores will offer free shipping if you order a certain amount.

You could also use something like Trendslove or Retail Me Not.

Thrift Stores

Thrifting definitely requires some work, but it’s usually worth it. If you really search, you can find trendy clothes that are hardly worn. You can even find clothing from your favorite designers!

Many people donate items at the end of the year for income tax purposes, so you’ll mostly likely find the best items in the fall and winter.

Buy/Sell/Trade Store

Like thrifting, but better. These shops (Buffalo Exchange, Plato’s Closet…) are stocked with the latest trends, but for way less. Everything is lightly worn, affordable, and on-trend for the season.

Accessorize

You can make any outfit in your wardrobe look completely different by adding the right accessory. Whether it’s a stylish belt or scarf, there are multiple items that you can wear that will bring out different colors in your clothing instead of needing to buy new ones.

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How do you save money when shopping? Let us know in the comments below!

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10 Mood Boosters Under $10.00http://brokeandchic.com/10-mood-boosters-under-10-00/ http://brokeandchic.com/10-mood-boosters-under-10-00/#comments Tue, 26 Feb 2013 07:21:57 +0000 http://brokeandchic.com/?p=2478 1. Paint Your Nails ♥ Kick back, play some music, and paint your nails a fun trendy color! 2.…

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1. Paint Your Nails

♥ Kick back, play some music, and paint your nails a fun trendy color!

2. Wear a Bright Colored Lipstick

♥ You’ll instantly feel sexy!

3. Make a Cup of Tea or Hot Chocolate

♥ Summer or Winter, it’s comforting anytime.

4. Re-Organize Your Bedroom

♥ For some reason it’s always refreshing to add a little change to your space.

5. Sell Old Clothes to a Buy/Sell/Trade Store and Buy More with the Credit

♥ Free new wardrobe!

6. Wear a Pair of your Favorite High Heels

♥ Even if it’s just for a morning coffee run.

7. Put your Bedding in the Dryer for 10 Minuets

♥ It feels so amazing to fall asleep in a nice warm bed.

8. Go for a 30 Minute Walk in the Morning

♥ It’ll get you nice and energized for the long day ahead.

9. Buy the Latest Issue of your Favorite Magazine

♥ Nylon anyone?

10. Call an old Friend

♥ It’s always nice to have a nice long chat with an old friend.

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We’re Judging the Thrift Store Runway This Month: Win Up to $500!http://brokeandchic.com/were-judging-the-thrift-store-runway-this-month-win-up-to-500/ http://brokeandchic.com/were-judging-the-thrift-store-runway-this-month-win-up-to-500/#comments Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:20:21 +0000 http://brokeandchic.com/?p=8899 Awesome news. I’m the judge for Thrift Store Runway this month! Thrift Store Runway is an online fashion contest…

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Awesome news. I’m the judge for Thrift Store Runway this month! Thrift Store Runway is an online fashion contest with five cash prizes given away every month for the best submissions. Just submit a photo of yourself wearing an awesome outfit you happened to get at a thrift or buy/sell/trade store.

This contest is a part of the movement to Bring Back National Thrift Week, which used to be a vibrant celebration of the virtue of thrift in America. From the early part of the twentieth century on up through the 1960s, Thrift Week events flourished from coast to coast . Somewhere along the way, though, the idea of thrift seems to have fallen out fashion.

Here’s some of your competition at the moment!

With the exeption of the purple cardigan (worn buttoned up as a shirt), each item in this outfit is thrifted.

  • Earrings: $.50
  • Belt: $.99
  • Vintage skirt: $3.99
  • Heels (Steve Madden): $2.50
  • Cardigan (Target): $9.99

A Collected Gentleman

  • Light Blue Striped Button Down Shirt by Van Huesen(Consignment Store $2.50)
  • Blue Bandana use as Pocket Square(Salvation Army $1.00)
  • Red Tie with Blue Polka Dots(Consignment Store $4.00)
  • Gray Wool Blazer by Stafford(Salvation Army $1.00)

Thrift Your Heart Out

  • Polka dot secretary blouse from Roseville Hospice Thrift Store $4
  • Black dress from Roseville Hospice Thrift Store $1
  • Outfit total: $5

Just go here to submit. It’s super easy. Contest ends on Thursday, 2/28/2013.

Good Luck!

xoxo

Amanda Raye

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Bored? Reinvent Yourself by Changing Your Hair & Wardrobe!http://brokeandchic.com/reinvent-yourself/ http://brokeandchic.com/reinvent-yourself/#comments Fri, 25 Jan 2013 15:10:10 +0000 http://brokeandchic.com/?p=2508 Just graduate from high school or college? Just move to a new city? No matter the stage you are…

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Just graduate from high school or college? Just move to a new city? No matter the stage you are in life, it’s never too late to reinvent yourself!

How do you know if you need to? If your haircut/color  is the same as it was when you were 13, it’s time for a change. The word “reinvent” sounds kind of pricey, but no worries, there’s a Broke & Chic way!

Take all your clothes and head over to your local buy/sell/trade store and keep the credit, don’t take the cash. They’ll give you about 55% on what ever they decide to take, meaning…brand new wardrobe! Try to go for clothes that look amazing on you but aren’t in your comfort zone (ex: If you have always worn boot cut jeans go for skinny jeans instead). Invite a friend to join you for advice!

Once you’re done getting a fabulous new wardrobe, it’ll be time to get a new hair-do! If you’ve always had long hair, go short. Scared of losing length? Play around with color instead. Go light, go dark, dip dye your ends. Have fun! Go to Salon Apprentice to find a free or discounted salon service in your city.

Miley is a good example of someone who got bored and wanted a change. In our opinion, she looks great! You don’t have to chop off all your hair and go platinum, but changing things up for yourself will be fun and healthy.

Submit your transformation to hey@brokeandchic.com for a possible feature.

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How to Live Like a Local for a Day in New York Cityhttp://brokeandchic.com/how-to-live-like-a-local-in-new-york-city/ http://brokeandchic.com/how-to-live-like-a-local-in-new-york-city/#comments Mon, 22 Oct 2012 03:58:22 +0000 http://brokeandchic.com/?p=7370 New York City may be one of the greatest travel destinations on the planet, but you’re not going to…

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New York City may be one of the greatest travel destinations on the planet, but you’re not going to see the REAL New York if you simply stick to the tourist areas. Yes, Times Square is fun the first few times, but once you’re ready to move on, we have the guide for you.

Broke & Chic teamed up with MTV Travel Co to show you exactly where to go and what to do to get the perfect NY experience on a budget! Here’s an excerpt:

As a New Yorker living in Midtown, I usually have an empty wallet and a constant urge for shopping. On the few days I can hit the town, I start my day with a $4 cup of motivation. A medium latte from Stumptown Coffee Roasters located at the entrance of the Ace Hotel on 18 W 29th St. Beautiful foam art included. I’m then going to start shopping at Buffalo Exchange on 114. W 26th St. in Chelsea. Buy/Sell/Trade stores are an amazing take on thirfting and they’re popping up all over the USA. No two are alike, so always stop in to see what they have.

Interested? You can read the full piece on MTV Travel Co!

Also, if you have a killer NYC spot to share that we didn’t mention in the link above (there are so many places worth talking about), definitely tell us in the comments.

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Check Out This Season’s Most Wearable Trendshttp://brokeandchic.com/style-experts-comment-on-the-most-wearable-trends-of-the-season/ http://brokeandchic.com/style-experts-comment-on-the-most-wearable-trends-of-the-season/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2012 06:21:49 +0000 http://brokeandchic.com/?p=6807 Summer is quickly coming to a close and that means it’s time to put away the sundresses, cuttoff shorts and warm…

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Summer is quickly coming to a close and that means it’s time to put away the sundresses, cuttoff shorts and warm weather footwear in exchange for scarves, tights and layers. While Fall 2012’s trends were determined on international runways months ago, not all designer looks are exactly wearable (or affordable).

Fashion experts and founders Kaitlyn and Lisa Fergus of the popular online marketplace, Because I Shop Too Much, have some tips on their favorite trends that, they say, any woman can pull off.

Blazers: Tailored, fitted blazers add a classic touch to any outfit.  Try pairing a standard black blazer with a sequin mini skirt or cocktail dress for perfect mix of feminine and masculine.

Jewel-Tone Bags: Choose a classic structured bag in a vibrant jewel-tone color to instantly update your wardrobe. Maroon, emerald and sapphire blue are just a few favorites for fall.

Leather Leggings: A staple this season, Lisa suggests pairing these edgy pants with a silk top or chunky knit for a luxe look of layered textures. While many designers are offering leather leggings in a variety of colors, black is your best, most versatile bet.

Peplum Tops: Undoubtedly the season’s hottest silhouette, the peplum shape accentuates the waist for a look that is flattering on almost anyone.  Try balancing out the feminine flair by pairing it with skinny jeans or a pencil skirt.

Mustard-Color Denim: Colored jeans are here to stay!  “Mustard is a deliciously rich hue – making it the perfect color for fall,” says Kaitlyn.  Bright but not overwhelming, mustard-color jeans look especially good with shades of white, ivory and camel. Pairing with black can also be chic, but try to stray from horizontal stripes so you don’t resemble a bumble bee!

Pop of Pink: Amp up neutrals with pops of pink.  Hot pink and shades of grey (charcoal or dove) are a particularly striking combination.

Old World Elegance: Touches of texture, elegant embroidery and a little bit of fur bring a sophisticated, almost aristocratic feel to jackets, dresses and more. Not ready to dive into this trend?  Slightly embellished outerwear is a great way to dip your toe before taking the plunge.

Now that you’ve gotten the full scoop on the top trends for fall, it’s time to go shopping! Because I Shop Too Much is a great place to start building your new affordable Fall wardrobe!

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Beacon’s Closethttp://brokeandchic.com/beacons-closet/ http://brokeandchic.com/beacons-closet/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2011 21:26:36 +0000 http://brokeandchic.com/?p=2382 Beacon’s Closet  is a locally-owned buy/sell/trade company in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Being one of the city’s best buy/sell/trade stores,…

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Beacon’s Closet  is a locally-owned buy/sell/trade company in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Being one of the city’s best buy/sell/trade stores, you won’t be disappointed. It’s filled with both modern AND vintage clothing, making it extra special.

Beacon’s Closet will be absolute heaven for all you broke fashionista’s, so go check it out if you’re people-watching in Union Square, roaming in Williamsburg or window shopping in Park Slope.

Come here for quality, uniqueness, and of course cheapness! They also have an “award-worthy” men’s section. Don’t forget to buy on-line if you aren’t making a NYC trip anytime soon!

Address(s):

Manhattan Store

10 w 13th street

new york, ny 10011
917.261.4863

m-f 11am-8pm
s+s 11am-8pm

*Click here for the Brooklyn locations!

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Richmond Virginia’s Own It-Girlhttp://brokeandchic.com/richmond-virginias-own-it-girl/ http://brokeandchic.com/richmond-virginias-own-it-girl/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2011 12:00:22 +0000 http://brokeandchic.com/?p=1753 Alex is an English Major based in Richmond Virginia, she loves fashion, tattoos, cats, linguistics, and of course her city! ”…

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Alex is an English Major based in Richmond Virginia, she loves fashion, tattoos, cats, linguistics, and of course her city!

” I say my style is rough around the edges while maintaining feminine touches. One day I’m punk, another I’m girly or ridiculously casuel. I wear what I like, including a lot of vintage!” -Alex-

 

  • Tank: $6 Rumors Boutique
  • Jean Shirt: $15 Forever 21
  • Pants: $20 Levi’s Outlet
  • Bag: $24 H&M
  • Booties: $24 H&M

Stay tuned for more looks by this Southern fashionista!

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Broke Fashion # 26http://brokeandchic.com/broke-fashion-26/ http://brokeandchic.com/broke-fashion-26/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2011 01:19:36 +0000 http://brokeandchic.com/?p=1043 Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan Shirt: Beacon’s Closet (buy/sell/trade) Shorts: Friends Tights: $9 Urban Outfitters Shoes: Converse

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Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan

  • Shirt: Beacon’s Closet (buy/sell/trade)
  • Shorts: Friends
  • Tights: $9 Urban Outfitters
  • Shoes: Converse

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Buffalo Exchange-NYChttp://brokeandchic.com/buffalo-exchange-nyc/ http://brokeandchic.com/buffalo-exchange-nyc/#comments Sat, 12 Mar 2011 08:14:02 +0000 http://brokeandchic.com/?p=458 I walked into the Buffalo Exchange in Chelsea today, and OMG, it was the best one I’ve been into.…

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I walked into the Buffalo Exchange in Chelsea today, and OMG, it was the best one I’ve been into. Everything was well organized and sectioned off by size, so no crazy hunting like at Plato’s Closet. The store was huge and had good finds for both men and women. Not to mention friendly staff. I asked when they opened and they said October, so it’s still brand new. If you live in NYC or are just visiting check it out!

Chelsea
114 W. 26th st.
New York, NY 10001
BuffaloExchange.com

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