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Thrift Me Up: How to Get Designer Clothes on the Cheap at Secondhand Stores


There is no need to break the bank this holiday shopping season when thrift shops like the Salvation Army can help you find the perfect gift — and save big bucks.

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During a recent trip to a Salvation Army thrift store in Santa Monica, California, Inside Edition’s Lisa Guerrero purchased an outfit with a jacket, pants and shoes that cost less than $50.

Fashion expert Natalie Rotman helped Guerrero hunt for bargains. But first, checking for the latest styles is key.

“One of the things I’ve done for years — take some of your magazines, tear out some of the things you think you like,” she said. “We're literally talking about the No. 1 trend here. From Kendall Jenner to Jessica Chastain, every 'it' girl is wearing velvet.”

Burgundy is the color of the season. They found a gown in that color for less than $9, and added suede heels for $10 and a colorful purse by Nine West for $7.50.

While digging at the Salvation Army, they also found an Anne Klein dress for $15, and Stuart Weitzman shoes that generally retail for more than $100, going for $7. Another discovery was an Anne Taylor two-piece tweed suit going for $18.

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Commander Doug Tollerud of the Salvation Army told Inside Edition: “When you spend your money at the Salvation Army, thrift money goes back into the community for rehabilitation centers.

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