Inexpensive fashion finds for anyone looking to save money on clothing and accessories
As much as I would love to be able to purchase every outfit I reblog on Tumblr or “like” on Instagram, I unfortunately must accept that it’s not feasible on a student budget. Spending anything over $30 on a shirt right now seems frivolous and unnecessary in my ‘back-to-school budget’ state of mind. Thankfully, Montreal is filled with stores where I can go on a shopping spree without plunging deep into debt.
Eva B. Cafe – Boutique
2015 St. Laurent Blvd., Montreal
Described as a “hybrid of several parallel worlds,” Eva B. offers a unique shopping experience. They offer second hand clothing, a bistro bar, a section for costumes, a stage and they even rent out a space for events. They offer eclectic clothing and, as long as you are willing to look, they have so many hidden gems waiting to be introduced to your closet. Looking to buy some new pieces without spending tons of money? Bring your clothes to Eva B. and they will exchange your clothes for store credit that you can use to shop there.
56 St. Viateur St. Ouest, Montreal,
Located in the Mile End, Annex Vintage is the perfect shopping ground for the ‘90s connoisseur. They offer various styles of clothing, shoes and accessories and their store’s free spirit vibe makes for a relaxing shopping atmosphere. It is the perfect place to find something unique and stylish that won’t break the bank.
Various locations around Montreal
Like any thrift store, the Salvation Army requires you to dig. Don’t be fooled by the lack of fancy decor within the store; the things you should be concerned about are hanging on the racks. Them high-waisted ‘80s pants that are all the rage again are in abundance, and chunky woollen winter sweaters come in every shape, size and style. Need some winter boots? Browse the collection which ranges from size 10 Chloé boots to Harley Davidson must-haves.
Pick up some cheap picture frames and wine glasses while you’re there, and march out of the store with an entirely new wardrobe for under $30.
As with any thrift store you should check back every couple of weeks to see what new goodies have been donated. Who knows, you might just stumble upon couture items for $5, or find an adorable kitten-print sweater for $2.
Get creative – If you’re hoping to spruce up your wardrobe but don’t have the cash for it, why not get creative? Try pairing pieces that you never wore together before and see if you come up with new outfits you love. A simple switch could make all the difference.
Clothing swap – If you’ve already tried that but find yourself still wanting more, talk to your friends. Chances are you aren’t the only one who’s hoping to revamp their closet without breaking the bank. Organize a clothing swap where everyone brings the items they no longer want and you all switch amongst each other. Just because you’re sick of that burgundy sweater you’ve had for five years doesn’t mean your friend won’t look amazing in it. No costs involved and if you throw in some music and wine, you’ll have all the ingredients for a fun night.