ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Fashion shopping tips for people who like something 'different.'

Updated on January 2, 2010

Something different

First of all, stop shopping at chain-stores! If you purchase something off a rack that was amongst others of the same thing, don't be surprised when you run into someone else wearing the same thing! If you have some unusual tastes or you don't like to follow trends, use these tips to pick up some sweet and original threads. You don't have to be a boutique junkie, you can piece together a wicked wardrobe from the comfort of you own home, I've personally had a lot of success in this department with ebay. -My favourite estore.This estore specialises in dresses, from tie-dye to evening silk, this store offers a large selection of options. i have bought many items from this seller, and they have all been very reasonably priced, and good quality. -Similar to the estore above -This estore features some very unusual, original, and fascinating tribal inspired jewelery. -This estore features vintage and retro inspired clothing and jewelery. They also feature some antique jewelery and one off items.

Go to markets. If you make a regular habit of going to markets, you may spend some time sifting through junk, but you will also be surprised with some of the things that you come across. The last market i went to was Victoria market in Auckland city N.Z, where i got this gorgeous cotton paisley hippy skirt for like 25 dollars. I love it, and i'll never get rid of it!`Markets with stools of all kinds are a great way to score choice stuff for a reasonable price.

Most communities have a market at least once a month. Most large cities have impressive daily markets where you can purchase an extensive variety of items. Some of the typical categories that 'markets' usually cater for are; cultural related items,novelty items, jams and other preservative foods, fresh foods-fruit&veggies, confectionery,jewelery,watches,clothing,footwear,books,art,stationary, Home related items- cushions, Nick-knacks, second hand goods and clothing, and gardening equipment.

Make your own clothes! You can get a pretty good sewing machine for about $300. But if you do pick one up for a few hundred, it's most likely only capable of stitching light-normal thickness fabric. If you spend twice as much on your sewing machine, you should get one that is a bit more heavy duty because it's less likely to give you grief down the track, and it is capable of stitching fabric like denim.

Making your own clothes isn't that hard. Go get some books out from the library if you want to learn how to do it. While your there you could also get some books out on dye or beading with clothing if you've got a crafty streak.

If you do find the clothes making difficult, you could do a correspondence course in dressmaking. Usually this is a short-time period course that will take you anywhere from 6-12 months to complete. Correspondence courses are usually pretty affordable too, and offer an option of a monthly instalment payment plan.

I personally don't think that the second hand store is necessarily a good option. I have bought a couple of clothing items from second hand stores in the past, but i find that about 95% of the clothes in the store are ugly and/or they smell.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)