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Get a new summer wardrobe on a budget

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Get a new summer wardrobe on a budget
Now, more than ever, saving money is most people’s priority. This means many of us don’t have the extra money available to buy lots of new clothes or overhaul our whole wardrobe. But don’t fear – there are plenty of ways to revamp your summer wardrobe without breaking the bank

Charity shops

Charity shops can be your best friend. They’re one of the best ways to revamp your summer wardrobe on a budget. Charity shops line our high streets, providing us with plenty of amazing goods. They can be a goldmine when trying to find new clothing on a small budget. You may be surprised at what you can find, too!
You can also find unique items and one-of-a-kind gems. Some of the items may have been sat in a wardrobe, totally unloved and unworn for many years. They are in amazing condition and in need of a good home.
"Charity shops can be a goldmine when trying to find new clothing on a small budget"
When going into a charity shop, take the time to look. There will likely be a sea of clothes and accessories to sift through, but it will certainly be worth it. Don’t rush through the items, rather take your time and look at every rail, rack and shelf. Be patient. It is guaranteed you will find something to revamp your wardrobe, and it won’t cost a bomb!

Online marketplaces

Another way to get some new pieces for your summer wardrobe on a budget is through online marketplaces. We have all heard of eBay or Depop. But there are hundreds of online marketplaces where you can buy great secondhand and preloved items.
The great thing about the world wide web is, well, it’s wide. Anything you want, you can most likely buy online. Whether it be designer items, high street brands or something weird and wonderful, you can likely find it on a secondhand marketplace.
Overall, buying preloved clothing from online marketplaces is a great way to go. Not only are you saving good money, but you are reducing your carbon footprint by buying a pre-worn item.

Boot sales

Boot sales can be an absolute gold mine. People want to sell their preloved items quickly and get rid of their clutter. Although it may be clutter to them, it may be just what you are looking for. Clothes sell for as little as 50 pence. Even clothes which are brand new with tags may be sold for a few pounds.
The thing about boot sales is people want to make quick money and get rid of a big bulk of items in one go. If they try to sell items for too much money, they won’t sell. So, they go low. You can try and haggle, too! As with charity shops, you can find amazing and unique items too. You never know what you are going to find.
"The thing about boot sales is people want to make quick money and get rid of a big bulk of items in one go"
You can find your local boot sale with a simple Google search. They tend to take place over the warmer months and at weekends. Some boot sales may take place during the week, however. Bank holidays are also a great time for car boot sales, with some of the biggest car boot sales taking place during this time.

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Clothes swapping

There are a few ways to go about clothes swapping. You could suggest the idea to your friends and see what they think. If everyone had a clear out of their old clothes, shoes and accessories, you could get together and rummage through each other’s pre-loved items. That way, you get new-to-you items, and it won’t cost you a thing!
Thanks to the internet, there are now plenty of websites online where you can swap your items with others. These include Get Swishing and The Swap Shop. You get something new, and so do they. Plus, you can clear out some of your own preloved items at the same time.

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If you are feeling creative, why not revamp some of the clothing you already have? There are so many ways to add a bit of oomph to clothing you own already. Upcycling is not only a fun and creative pastime but adds new life to your summer wardrobe on a budget.
Iron-on badges and prints are an easy way to turn a plain t-shirt into a one-of-a-kind groovy piece. Similarly, gems, buttons and even fabric paint can be used to turn your old, boring items into new and exciting clothes which bring back your excitement to wear them.
"Upcycling is not only a fun and creative pastime but adds new life to your summer wardrobe on a budget"
You can also dye clothes to change their appearance entirely. Fabric dye is readily available at supermarkets and online shops such as Amazon and DIY shops. Perhaps you have a white T-shirt which has become slightly grey and grubby over time. Don’t bin it! Dye it black. You now have a brand-new T-shirt.
If you know your way around a sewing machine, you could also think about tweaking your clothes to turn them into an entirely new item. You could slightly shorten the length of your skirt, dress or trousers. Perhaps you could cut the sleeves of a long-sleeved shirt or top, sewing the edge to look neat. You could even change the buttons on a shirt, skirt or pair of jeans to something new or edgy.
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