Did Vogue give you the first taste and appreciation for designer labels? Unfortunately, on a retirement budget, for the first time, you have the TIME, but not the money to attend all the galas and black-tie events. The economy is forcing even the biggest shopaholics to put the brakes on spending, and now that you are retired (or considering retiring in Williamsburg), clothing and fashion may be the first thing to take off the discretionary spending list. A Fashion Diet? Horrors! So how CAN you look your best, in the best years of your life? The answer: shop smart.
- Have A Plan. You cannot shop impulsively, anymore – shop with a plan and buy selectively. Before entering the shop, think: “This is what I need and this is what I would like.” Assess what you have in your closet and carefully plan what to add to it.
- Shop Selectively. Don’t buy things you don’t need – shop for high-end indispensable wardrobe items. Search for the perfect black skirt that fits you beautifully, at the size you are this-very-second.
- Assess Every Purchase. Consider how much use you will get out of each purchase, its versatility, and make sure that it is comfortable and of the finest of fabrics.
- Know When To Splurge And What To Splurge On. Now that you are shopping selectively, and assessing your purchases, invest in great accessories. Forking over $800 for a Louis Vuitton bag may seem highly extravagant, but if it suits you and is seasonless, it can last for years and scream quality and class.
- Skip the Trends. Stay loyal to classics and YOUR colors. Embrace your individuality be your own stylist – you know you, best.
- Shop High-End Consignment Stores. Have the smarts to save money in the economic slump and benefit the earth by recycling gently-used garments at consignment stores. Sell or donate your unwanted or unneeded items rather than add to the waste stream. The better stores are very selective with the items they accept to sell in the store; therefore, gently-used designer clothing are a fraction of the cost. The store prices the items, the consigner usually gets half, and the price drops with time. Items that are not sold after a specified time are either returned to the consignor or donated to charity stores.
Williamsburg consignment stores offer women, who want to look and feel beautiful, an opportunity to enjoy the finest of today’s runway looks for a fraction of retail. Our local consignment boutiques specialize in designer and name-brand apparel, shoes, hand bags and accessories. Shelves are stocked with such coveted labels as Chanel, Dior, Jimmy Choo, Ferragamo, Burberry, Coach, and True Religion. Resale shopping has become a favorite pastime for many consumers. But high-end consignment shopping – now THAT is retail therapy at its best.
Final note: Now that you know how to shop smartly – look at this article for great descriptions of the consignment stores, in Williamsburg and nearby, and what they each specialize in. Visit EcoChic
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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO
Licensed in Virginia
Liz Moore and Associates,
5350 Discovery Park Blvd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.