A new designer movement is afoot. High-end department stores and chic boutiques still have a share of the market on name brand clothing, but the marketplace is expanding. Used clothing stores, consignment shops and general thrift stores carry impressive designer fashions at very affordable prices. Even some staples of the thrift business such as the Salvation Army have added designer sections for clothes shoppers.
Building a work wardrobe with quality pieces could mean spending hundreds for new shirts or suits, but the same quality, though used, items hang for the taking for just several dollars or more. Children's clothing and toys can be an especially good buy through thrift and consignment stores and garage sales, as barely worn items are outgrown and recycled through resale.
Finding treasure in the piles or on the racks is a fun way to shop if you enjoy a bargain and a frugal activity with family and friends. Filling bags at your local charity shop or from a neighbor's driveway can make your next trip to the discount store seem like a splurge, and it can remind you of the spending snares set to add to your cart through end-aisle merchandising and sale signs.