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Shopping on an Entrepreneur’s Budget

By Katherine Lazaruk on Oct 10 2011 • Filed under Image Intensive

Shopping (Photo: Allie Hylton)It’s not always easy to find extra cash to invest in your appearance when you’re spending a tonne on getting your business up and running. However, you are your business and it’s important to spend a little time getting organized so you can put your best face forward.

The best way to maximize your shopping dollar is to invest in a wardrobe module of basic pieces, including one jacket, two bottoms, three tops and the accompanying accessories in colours and styles that flatter your body and natural colouring. After getting the basics down, add some personality to your style by finding unique and one of a kind items to mix-and-match into your modules for fun in the closet and out!

One way to add a personal touch to your wardrobe is to search out what I like to call Secondhand Treasures.These are thrift or vintage items from various thrift and consignment stores in the Lower Mainland and can include basic wardrobe pieces but also fun accessories such as brooches, scarves, hats and shoes. You can often find real treasures in these places; bargains on designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli (jewellery), Chanel and others. It’s a bit of an adventure though, so it’s best to plan ahead. Here are some guidelines for effective budget shopping:

  1. Decide on a time frame for your shopping trip; plan to take a minimum of three hours and a maximum of seven.
  2. Decide which stores you would like to try and map out a circular route from your home to the various stores and back.
  3. Set your budget for the trip and either take cash in that amount, or watch your credit spending carefully.
  4. If you are looking for a particular item, stay focused and spend your time looking only for that item to save time and energy.
  5. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that can easily be slipped on or off; try a basic leotard or tank and bike shorts under your regular clothes if you’d like to try something quickly and not worry about exposing yourself.
  6. Bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated and plan to bring or buy snacks.
  7. Bring your own bag for purchases; if you’re planning to take transit or walk to shop, a backpack is easiest on your back and arms.
  8. Have fun! For this type of shopping, it’s more the journey than the destination.

Top three chain stores to try: Salvation Army, Value Village and SPCA thrift stores.

Top three consignment stores to try: Turnabout, Changes Consignment and Talize.

All of these stores can be easily found on Google and are great places to find those lovely Secondhand Treasures. Enjoy planning your treasure hunt!

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