Looking for Affordable Fashion?
Start with The Valley’s Uptown Cheapskate
Recently, Arizona Foothills and Uptown Cheapskate-Chandler were kind enough to gift me a $50 challenge: shop the store, and create a look I love. With $50, I purchased 2 tops, 1 pair of silky pajama pants, 1 dress, and 1 pair of shoes! I ended up creating three looks! No joke.
Since starting this blog business, I’ve had a handful of girls ask me how I have such a versatile wardrobe. One little shopping secret I love to share is buying gently used items, and swapping out my older pieces for cash. This keeps my style interesting, and affordable. There are many outlets for this, especially online. Places like eBay, Amazon, and Poshmark are just a few of my favorites. (In fact, I’ll be sharing my Poshmark account here soon as the summer begins to wrap up.)
If technology and shipping clothes across the country, or to another continent scares you, I’d highly recommend reselling your clothing to places like, Buffalo Exchange, Name Brand Exchange, or Uptown Cheapskate.
Face-to-face interactions with live employees can be helpful, especially if you’ve never sold your items at a resale shop before. Tip: Some of these stores may have a waiting line, so plan on giving yourself at least a half an hour if you’re selling more than a handful of items. This allows the shop to inspect and assess others’ and your clothing properly. (Employees check for: no stains, no tears or rips, and gentle wear of trending, or one-of-a-kind items).
How it Works:
- You sort and gather your gently used clothing and accessories
- Store employees inspect, and assign the price of your item
- Keep in mind: every store has a different percentage policy.
- At Uptown Cheapskate, they offer of you a percentage of the item’s value, depending on the brand and quality in cash. They offer 25% more if you select store credit.
- You can accept or decline the offered price of your items for cash or store credit. If accepted plan on providing a valid ID and signature for the shop’s records.
A few tips to take away if you’d like to shop resale like me:
- Avoid white. White clothing, when bought used, is typically and most likely not as crisp and fresh as when it was first purchased. It often turns yellow, and I would never want to purchase a white blouse with stains in the underarms.
- Check for missing buttons, broken or annoying zippers, stains, tears, and badly sewn hems.
- Remember, someone gave this item up. They were willing to part with it for some reason. That reason may be because the item was not quality in some way. Or that reason might be, that the person was in need of cash quickly, or… that they were insane. Sometimes I question the sanity of people – for example, in 7th grade I bought a vintage Chanel clutch with original tags – at Goodwill!
- I research the brand name of an item if I really like it, but it’s not my size. I want to know whether I can currently find it in another store. I also check on the original price if I feel like the item is over-priced at resale.
When I shop, in general, I consider whether pieces fall into a:
- basic-stample-essential category
- In this case my black pumps can be used as a staple for other outfits later on. I purchased this pair because I liked the gold zipper, plus the pointed shape. Because I knew I’d wear and re-wear, I would get value out of them time and time again.
- a 1-time use category, OR not-very-often category
- My lace tops won’t be making an appearance too often in my wardrobe round-ups. And not because I dislike them, but because I want to preserve the quality of the fabric and not over-wash, and I want to consider their uniqueness and not over-wear them.
- or an occasional category
- Pajama pants that are comfortable and stylish – yep, I will be wearing these babies to work on the reg. I can pair them with a basic top and flats for a casual Monday look, or a black pressed button-up with nude heels for a Friday meeting.
Resale is not for everyone. I don’t frequent these shops too often, but I do like to pop in every now and again. You might end up with a handbag or coat from 2002 that you love, but would have never been able to find in stores now. I consider it a double win when I discover a resale item with original tags.
I created 3 looks in total, and made one pair of silky pajama pants do double duty by creating a day to night look:
What’s the best new-used item you’ve ever bought?