EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO ASK . . . YOU CAN AFFORD IT

By ALI Member, Marta Mahoney

I just spent an afternoon at the beauty salon. Naturally, while at the beauty salon I read a fashion magazine. It was a brand-new issue featuring the latest fall styles. Each page showed a trendy fall dress, sweater, skirt, or coat, accompanied by a sidebar reading, “Wear this with . . . ” showing possible shoes, boots, or purses that would complete the outfit.

All this was pretty standard fashion-magazine stuff, except that most of the shoes, boots, and purses came with the note, “Price upon request.” (And this wasn’t even a high-end fashion magazine!) Now I don’t know about you, but my clothing budget isn’t based on “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.”

At the thrift shop, we don’t have ANYTHING that says, “Price upon request.” Yes, we occasionally have items where the tag has fallen off, and in that case we will take the item to the back room to be re-priced. Yes, we occasionally have items where the price sticker has been put in some obscure spot, but eventually we’ll find it. Yes, we have fragile items in our display cases where you will need to ask one of our volunteers to take the item out so you can see the price sticker, but the price will be there!

And even if you HAD to ask the price – at the thrift shop, you could afford it!

Bottom line: Read the magazines to scout the latest fall fashions. Then come to the thrift store to see what you can find that will be totally in style, without your having to ASK if it fits your pocketbook.

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