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Plus Size Fashion On A Budget

Jody Thompson:

Plus-size shopping on a budget seems to be a challenge. Most of the thrift stores I visit for my blog have a very small selection of plus sizes. If they even have plus sizes at all. It’s not good– I believe the average woman is something like a Size 14, right? I’m re-blogging this because I feel the plus-sized shopper is under-represented at the thrift stores.

Originally posted on Thick N' Sassy.Com Blog:

fashion on a budget
By: Meieli Sawyer, former About.com Guide
Are you a plus-size bargain hunter? Just looking for a place to buy plus-size items at major retailers as well as specialty shops–but at a deep discount? Look for pieces that offer attractive mark-downs with these suggestions, which include higher end items that get their prices slashed at the season’s end.

Newcomer on the plus scene La Grande Dame offers great clearance items, regular sales promoted by newsletters (sign up for savings!), and lots of sneaky designer-specific sales. You’ll be thrilled at the savings on high-end plus selections from designers like Melissa Masse.

Save a lot on specific clearance pieces marked down 75%! Gorgeous dresses go from $100 to $30, jackets sell for $25 from $80, and more. Check back the sale section regularly for the best finds, because they switch around without warning.

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DIY: Two Button Statement Earrings

Jody Thompson:

Hello everyone! I found this fabulous DIY project for “two button statement earrings.” Looks to be a fun and creative project and definitely appeals to my thrifty side. I can see myself wearing these to a holiday party for sure. I’m going to a few thrift shops this weekend so will keep you posted if I find some sparkly materials to make my earrings. Cheers and Happy Tuesday!

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IT’S STATEMENT EARRING TIME!!!! No seriously… it’s time! The holiday’s are around the corner and it’s time to start updating our jewelry collections with a few gorgeous sparklers for the season. Using the same technique as my DIY button ring tutorial, here’s an easy breezy project to help you bring a little bling to those earrings!

Materials: 4 Buttons, 4 Earring Findings With Post and Hoop, Jump Rings, Earring Backings

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Pawn Shops! Economic Barometer?

Hello Everyone! Earlier this week I had the pleasure of going on a “pawn shop” trip in San Diego’s North Park area.  It just so happens I had a birthday earlier this week too– so I was in search of an opal ring– my birth stone.

How do pawn shops work?  A pawn shop gives customers a place to sell their personal items for cash. The  pawn broker looks the item over and determines how much money he can obtain for it.  He then makes a lower offer to the customer. The pawn broker makes money when he  sells the item at a higher price.  (I have a feeling the pawn broker made some money off me…)

Read more:  How Do Pawn Shops Work? | eHow.com

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Pictured above is the opal ring I found at CashCo Jewelry & Loan for $90.  Lucky for me the jewelry was 30% off the day I was there.  This was my first serious trip to a pawn shop. I was surprised at the fantastic quality goods I found.  Since I’m still in search of diamond earrings– looks like I’ll be cruising by the pawn shops when I’m ready to buy those.

Which brings me to my next question– pawn shops as economic barometers?  Why is the pawn industry generating so much buzz as a “barometer of  the economy”? Reports show the three publicly traded pawn  companies reported significantly increased earnings during the last two  fiscal quarters. An increase in gold value and the “Cash for  Gold” craze have both shown record numbers of people trading in old jewelry  and coins for cash. Perhaps the perception could be based on speculation  that in hard times, people pawn. However, there is a larger, more  compelling story about the pawn industry.

The National Pawnbrokers Association reports there are over 30 million pawn store customers per year and they appreciate this unique form of credit and tend to borrow only what they need, as evidenced by the relatively low national average loan amount of $80. NPA President and pawn shop owner Dave Crume says, “Pawn customers repay their loans and redeem their collateral at a correspondingly high average national redemption rate of 80 percent. These parameters appear to be holding constant, despite the current economy.”

  • CashCo Jewelry & Loan #1
  • 4502 University Avenue #103
  • San Diego, CA  92105
  • Web: www.cashcopawn.com

I’m not sure what to make of all this, but I’m really glad I stopped by CashCo last Monday and found my lovely opal ring. I’m pretty sure it was “pre-owned” and that is fine.  (Now if I could just find some “pre-owned” diamond earrings….)

Under-consumption is more in-style than ever, right??!  (why buy new?)

Cheers!

 

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Halloween Nails. Great ideas for a scary manicure.

Jody Thompson:

Hello Everyone! I’ve had a busy and fun weekend– celebrating my birthday, carving pumpkins and eating way too much food. Just wanted to share these cool ideas for Halloween nails. I like the spider web best. Cheers!

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Halloween is almost here! So it’s perfect time to get started on those creepy, scary nails!

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Thrift Trader. Everything $5.99 or 4/$20

Once again, I found myself rummaging thru stacks and racks of stuff at the Thrift Trader in Ocean Beach. This all happened the same afternoon sipping my Vanilla Latte.

You can’t go wrong at this place with things priced 4/$20.  They have a great selection of men’s clothing and I totally messed up and didn’t take any photos of menswear.

  • Thrift Trader
  • 4879 Newport Avenue
  • Ocean Beach, CA  92107
  • Phone: (619) 222-5011
  • Web: www.thrifttrader.org

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More hats, more long skirts.  All easy items to mix and match for Fall season.  Sometimes you need a little retail fix and getting a low cost treasure in a thrift store is awesome. Just remember, it isn’t a good deal if you don’t use it and it sits in your closet!!

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And I found these really fabulous black heels.  Halloween costume-worthy maybe?

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And, a big shout out because there’s even a section for the Curvy gals. With cute stuff too!

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Cheers everyone!

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Humble Hippie. Cute Accessories.

Hello Everyone! Just wanted to pass along some great photos I took over the weekend in Ocean Beach. Of course, I stopped by the Humble Hippie on Newport Avenue.

While sipping my Vanilla Latte I couldn’t resist doing a little more than window shopping. So much for my vow to “keep wallet in handbag”.  (I failed….)

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I really loved the cute hats and cozy knit scarves.  Being the thrifty shopper, I was thrilled with the prices– $19 for scarves- heaven!

Especially now with the cooler Fall weather a scarf is great to throw on with a jean jacket or light sweater.  This is the rational I used– you guessed it– I got a new scarf.  If you want to see what it looks like, check out my blog post from earlier this week.  (I paired it with a jacket I got for $31 at Marshall’s)

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If you’re in the market for flirty dresses, there are plenty of these too.  Maybe I’m too much into accessories these days because all I can think about is which scarf and which hat I would wear with that bright dress pictured on the right, above.

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The Humble Hippie was as charming as ever! I had a nice chat with the owner (Wes) this weekend too.  He sent me a couple of really cool photos that I will have to attach to this post a little later.  I’m having a slight snafu with my email tonite.  So I guess you all will have to settle for my lovely iphone-photography for the time being.

Cheers and have a good week everyone. Happy Shopping and keep me posted if any of you out there have made any recent purchases at The Humble Hippie.

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Look What $31 Gets You at Marshall’s

Hello Everyone!  I had a great weekend and now just getting ready for the new week ahead.  Right now I’m relaxing on the couch watching “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” reunion show– and mentally planning out what I’m going to wear to work next week. The weather is starting to cool off a little bit here in southern California so I’m hoping I can break out some pretty scarves and possibly a jacket or two?

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I was in serious need of a new jacket– and as much as I love the thrift stores I just couldn’t find anything that either fit properly or looked decent.  On a whim, I checked out our local Marshall’s and found this great Calvin Klein jacket for a mere $31. It was originally priced at $99!  Cha-ching! Problem solved.

Pictured below you can see my new jacket paired with a great scarf I found this afternoon at the Humble Hippie in Ocean Beach.  I love this place! This was my second visit and of course I couldn’t stop myself from getting something.  (here’s the link to my first visit… Humble Hippie)  The good news is I’ll be able to wear this scarf with not only my new $31 jacket from Marshall’s but also my leather jacket. Can you tell… I’m a little too ready to break out the Fall clothes…  However, as much as I want to break out the Fall clothes now, I’ll likely be complaining about “being too cold” in a few weeks.  As much as one can complain about “too cold” in southern California anyway.

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Cheers everyone! Here’s wishing you all a great week ahead– and happy shopping!

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