This week on Curls and Contours I am partnering with HIPS Resale boutique to share 3 ways to get the most out of your resale shopping experience! I am also sharing 3 outfits featuring pieces from HIPS Resale Boutique!
Lets get started with a little info about HIPS.
HIPS Resale boutique is a resale shop that specializes in plus size clothing sizes 12-32, there are two locations in the metro Detroit area and they pay customers cash for their clothes! I have a big closet, and HIPS is my main source for selling clothes. Its fun to drop clothes off because I can do some shopping too!
Curated resale shops have become all the rage lately, you can find resale shops that specializes in niche items popping up everywhere. Its no surprise that a quality plus only resale shop would be successful and a place for curvy babes to find new pieces at inexpensive prices!
I found the looks in this post at the Clawson location, this little boutique is organized by type of garment, and each garment rack is organized by size. I loved the fun music, and the sales associates were inviting and relaxed, helping me when I needed it.
Here are some tips for a girl that loves to shop. From resale to high fashion.
Tip ONE- Review your closet before shopping.
I have found that when I am shopping resale I get easily overwhelmed by the selection. There is literally only one of every item, going in and just trying to shop without a plan can leave you feeling overwhelmed and walking out the store with nothing. BUT going in with an idea of what you are looking for can help you to score resale gold. I like to make a couple of laps around the store before I head to the fitting room. That way I can take it all in AND really look for what I want to add to my closet.
I have been wanting to add more skirts for Fall to my wardrobe. By having a plan, and keeping my closet needs in mind I was able to score this jersey pleated skirt at HIPS for only 10 bucks!
You can find this top(I purchased the skirt from HIPS) at HIPS Resale Boutique
Tip TWO- Shop all sizes
When shopping resale its important to shop all the sizes in the store. When clothes have already been washed, or they are from a line you have never heard of you never know when an item in a smaller or bigger size might be a perfect fit. This tip goes hand in hand with tip one, if you find that your work wardrobe needs more skirts, don’t limit yourself to just shopping your size. Shopping all sizes in a store takes time, don’t shop in a hurry.
I am not a person that gets intimidated or upset when I need to size up or down, if I like it I will find a way to wear it. Plain and Simple. This type of logic is perfect for resale shopping, I took a chance and tried on this size 18 fall dress at HIPS. This is not my usual size, but ended up being a perfect fit!
You can find this dress at HIPS Resale Boutique
Tip THREE- Alterations are key
This tip goes hand in hand with tip number two. Part of the fun of shopping resale is getting great items at an inexpensive price. This little detail leaves room for an alterations budget. If you find something that doesn’t fit but is a great price you can ALWAYS have it altered. Having clothing altered also helps to make a piece your own. Simple alterations range from 15-50 dollars depending on who you are working with.
Clothing that is mass produced is created with a fit models proportions, so when you buy clothing off the rack its never truly your exact measurements. For years that has been a fashionistas secret, getting your clothing altered for a custom fit. And when you shop resale, you are able to save money and get that perfect fit! I found this leopard skirt at HIPS, it was to big but I could easily have it altered for a perfect fit.
You can find this top and skirt at HIPS Resale Boutique