I hate paying full price for anything, especially clothes. In fact as I sit here writing this my whole outfit is brought from a charity shop or handed down to me by friends.
Why would you pay full price for something that you can get for next to nothing? A quick wash and you wouldn't even notice the difference.
I do love to by shiny new clothes (on sale, of course) too, but when your budget won't stretch that far you have to get creative.
My tip top rule!
Don't buy things just because they're cheap. I do fall foul of this one quite a lot especially where books are concerned. I keep reminding myself; 'Helen, it may only be 50p, but can your shelf actually take the weight of another book?' They answer is inevitably and on my part unfortunately, no.
If you buy something you don't need, even if it is superly amazingly cheap, you're still wasting that money. Put it back in your purse and save it for next time when you really do see something you need.
Like anywhere, from designer to high street to charity shop you have to shop around. There are some chains that are more expensive than others, some you may just like better.
I always go into every charity shop on the street, you never know what you might find.
Don't be afraid to buy that man's shirt and alter it slightly to fit you. You don't even have to do the alterations yourself; ask around you might know someone who can give you a hand, or find a cheap alterations shop. When I am in need of fabric I head to the charity shops and buy duvet covers. You can find some really nice patterns and it is SO cheaper than buying the fabric from a specialised store.
Do you shop in charity shops or do they terrify you?
What's your best find?