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Six Tips To Thrift Yourself From Rags To (Fashion) Riches

College is not the time to be spending all your money on investment bags and $200 designer denim. Between classes, internships and part-time jobs, eating and drinking copious amounts of coffee are the only two things that should be cutting away at our bank accounts. For a lot of people, this means ignoring trends and pushing aside style goals. While this is definitely one way to go, for Fashionistas/os like us, it isn’t one that we’re willing to accept. So what are our options?

Remember all those times that your mom forced you to fill bags with all your used clothes and shoes? Well adults do that too and what they give away is a whole lot better than the Abercrombie Kids mini skirts and ripped to shreds Converse that you threw away all those years ago. Vintage and consignment shops are filled with hard-to-find gems like ’70s sailor pants, vintage Levi’s and perfectly worn out band tees that are just waiting to be purchased and hung in your closets. Once you take the vintage plunge, trust me, you’ll never go back.

Every trip to the flea market or local Goodwill won’t be rewarding, but when you find something good, it will feel twice as good knowing that you paid a fraction of the price and brought new life to someone else’s trash. Still not convinced? Here are some tips and looks that I’m sure will sway you.

Step 1: Find your local vintage shop. (Photo via @chastity_diane)

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Step 2: Two words: Denim Section. (Photo via @elizagracehuber)

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Step 3: Flip through too many Iron Maiden tees before finding an AC/DC tee straight off the Young brothers. (Photo via @n_agem)

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Step 4: Never say no to buy one get one 1/2 off at Metropolis Vintage. (Photo via @melanycecilia)

Step 5: Wild prints are good for more than Halloween. (Photo via @laviajmani)

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Step 6: Spend too long rifling through the silk scarves in the trunk by the door. (Photo via @anagabrielateran)

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