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THRIFT SHOPS: USED IS THE NEW BLACK

By Annie Korzen

May 13, 2011 | 3:50 pm

I’ve seen TV actresses and models prowling the racks at Goodwill. Most thrift stores have regular sales, senior discounts and 2-for-1 days. My fave is a chain in California and Florida... read on

  • Bargain Fashionista Part Six: The church, school, or charity rummage sale

    By Annie Korzen

    May 3, 2011 | 11:10 am

    It’s large, it’s varied, and prices are rock-bottom. Plus, the money will hopefully be used for a good cause. I say “hopefully” because not every cause is equally dear to my heart. When I questioned the high price of some scuffed-up Uggs, one lady said “But it’s for... read on

  • Bargain Fashionista Part Five: The Schmooze Factor

    By Annie Korzen

    May 1, 2011 | 11:08 am

    Besides saving heaps of money, enjoying the thrill of the hunt, and exploring some beautiful homes, there’s another reason I love yard sales: the social aspect. I come from New York, where strangers speak to each other all the time. They chit-chat at the theatre box-office; they... read on

  • Bargain Fashionista Part Four: My Husband and Mrs. Garrison Keillor

    By Annie Korzen

    April 28, 2011 | 10:55 am

    Years ago, I was at a dinner party in New York and I was talking to Garrison Keillor’s then-wife, who was Danish. She told me how insulted she was that her new American friends invited her to go shopping. “Shopping? Why? Is there something wrong with the way I dress?”

    Poor... read on

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  • Bargain Fashionista Part Three: Estate Sales

    By Annie Korzen

    April 7, 2011 | 11:04 am

    These are the upscale cousins of the yard sale. They are usually well organized by a pro who has been hired to liquidate the possessions of a deceased person. Since I’m on the hunt for vintage clothing and jewelry, and my husband collects rare books, we like buying from dead... read on

  • Bargainista Fashionista: Part two

    By Annie Korzen

    April 4, 2011 | 11:08 am

    There are actually two different kinds of yard sales. One is the private person who is moving, empty-nesting, spring-cleaning – whatever. You can find plenty of good stuff here, but it’s catch-as-catch-can. If you’re willing to wade through disorganized piles of worthless crap... read on

  • Bargainista Fashionista: Part One

    By Annie Korzen

    March 30, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Have you ever noticed how frumpy some rich women are? I’m thinking Barbara Bush. I’m thinking Margaret Thatcher. I’m thinking Queen Elizabeth. Well, it’s no accident: it’s deliberate. Someone from a ritzy old-money family explained to me that, “Being fashionable shows... read on

  • Live large, but pay little!

    By Annie Korzen

    March 28, 2011 | 10:43 am

    The market goes up, the market goes down. We’re in a boom, we’re in a recession, we’re in a depression. None of this economic see-saw has ever affected me, because I’ve been a thriftaholic all my life. As we follow this roller-coaster ride we call the economy, skills in the... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Annie Korzen is a comedy writer and performer. Her humorous essays have been printed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She has...

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