Living: Use cents to budget fashion sense

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By Adriana Ruiz

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Want to stay up-to-date with the latest fashion trends but have only $20 in your pocket? Avoid the high-priced fashions at malls and get in touch with local secondhand clothing stores.

There is nothing new about college students living on nickels and dimes, and for some, a fashionable wardrobe is at the bottom of the list. But finding fashionable deals doesn’t have to mean breaking budget.

Shopping at secondhand clothing stores such as Plato’s Closet with three area locations, and Buffalo Exchange, 145 W. Olmos Drive, which offer name brand items at up to 70 percent off regular prices, is a great place to start when shopping on a budget.

Communications freshman Aurianna Diaz-Bristlin said she shops at Plato’s Closet because she finds name brand clothing from Forever 21.

She said the most she has spent at Plato’s Closet was $10 on a pair of Guess jeans.

“It’s a bargain,” Bristlin said.

If you’re shopping on a really tight budget, try rummaging through your local thrift store. Thrift stores may take a little more time and patience, but if you’re lucky, you may find a fashion steal.

Psychology freshman Mary Miranda said she likes shopping at thrift stores because it’s cheaper.

“I found a Banana Republic coat for $2. It was worth it,” Miranda said.

Miranda said she likes to shop at her favorite thrift store on Mondays because they have 50-cent sales.

If you are looking to complete a full outfit, try Texas Trash Clothing Exchange.

Cheryl Richmond, owner of Texas Trash Clothing Exchange, 1710 McCullough Ave., said the store carries a little bit of everything from $5 band T-shirts to vintage ‘70s style party dresses.

“You can come in and find a full outfit for about $20,” Richmond said.

Texas Trash Clothing Exchange offers students a 10 percent discount with a valid student ID.

For more information, call Texas Trash Clothing Exchange call 210-259-6028, Buffalo Exchange at 210-832-8838 and Plato’s Closet at 210-979-7711.

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