As the fall semester is beginning for all of us we’re going to be making the transition from summer must haves to fall essentials. Though some people enjoy this, many dread having to make the switch, but it can definitely be easy, especially on your pockets.

As college students , many of us do not operate on disposable incomes. Therefore , we have to look for the best bargain when we’re shopping, but this does not mean we’ll have to settle for anything. As an employee in a second-hand shop I know first hand that fashionable doesn’t mean expensive. I can visualize some people’s faces looking a little puzzled at the mention of second-hand clothing, but, once you get into it you will not leave it alone. Trust me , I haven’t had to visit a mall since I realized how much I could save. The average person can go to the mall and find SOME great fall essentials and spend about $300, yes that isn’t too expensive but when your in college that’s a lot of money.With the same amount of money in a second-hand store, you can afford to buy ALL of your fall essentials (including a great pair of boots), a stylish jacket or two, beautiful jewelry , and still have about $100 left in your wallet. If you ask me , visiting a second-hand store is more than worth the visit. You don’t have to worry about coming across any items that are too old for your taste, because the second hand stores geared towards college students only accept current styles, nothing older than two years to be exact.

Oh and did I mention that their discounted prices are not the only way that second hand shops help your wallet? Take your gently used clothing to these shops and some of them will pay you on the spot for your clothing while others will pay you after your clothes have been sold. Now if that isn’t a reason to take a peek I don’t know what else would be.

Shy-Asia Andrews


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