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Monday, May 10, 2010

4 fabulous reasons why you should try shopping outside of the mall

 Time to fill your closet with amazing clothes =)

Oh, the mall. Don't get me wrong, I love grabbing a smoothie and venturing from store-to-store; however, sometimes the florescent lighting and stale air conditioning really just turn me off. Lately, I've been shopping more and more outside of the mall, and I definitely think it's something everyone should try.

Here are a few reasons why you should try shopping outside of the mall:

1. Support the Local Economy

There are always really cute local boutiques in every city, and if giving back to the local community means shopping it's really a win-win situation for everyone! Plus, it's never fun walking through the Student Union and seeing another girl wearing the exact same dress, so why not go for an eclectic find?! When you stop by any local shop ask if they have a mailing list- chances are you will nail some great promotions! Above is the logo for one of my favorite boutiques, Marchesa's Fine Shoe Salon in Sedona, Arizona. They are always so nice, their products are adorable, and the interior decor is to die for.

2. Get Name Brands for Cheap

Although there are daily sales at the mall, sometimes you can find even better deals outside of the mall. I've been using a lot of invitation/sample sale sites such as: Gilt Groupe, Hautelook, and Rue La La. These sights feature a wide range of brands from Rag and Bone to American Apparel for 50-85% off. Want more info? Check out this article by College Fashion.

3. Practice Keeping an Open Mind

Yesterday, my roommate and I went to Ross to try and find a cheap scale for our bathroom (random, I know). Anyways, I kind of always kind of stereotyped Ross as a dirty/poor quality store, but I ended up buying the Guess platforms above in bronze for THIRTY DOLLARS! They retail at over ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS! Needless to say, we didn't find a scale.

4. Give a Little and Get A Little 

Have you accumulated a pile of clothes you haven't worn since 2001? Bring your unwanted clothes to your local exchange retailer, such as Buffalo Exchange (above) and get a little in return. If you aren't familiar with these stores, they basically allow you to bring in gently worn clothes in exchange for either store credit or cash. If you aren't keen on getting used clothes, opt for the cash! Bonus: most of these stores will donate the items they can't take to local charities if you don't want to lug them back home.

What do you think? Do you stick with the mall when it comes to shopping? Do you ever shop online or at local boutiques? Share your insight!


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