Shopping For Used Clothing Accessories

We all know that accessories can make or break an outfit. Handbags, belts, shoes, scarves and more help to create a unique fashion statement for their wearers. Keeping up with the latest fashion trend can be expensive for shoppers. Accessories are a great option to create a fashion trend without changing your entire wardrobe each season. For affordable accessories, consider shopping in used clothing stores.

Millions of people donate and sell their unwanted accessories every year to charities, resale shops, consignment shops, flea markets and to online auction sites. A large quantity of used clothing and accessories that are available are barely used and some even have the original price tags on them. When you shop for used clothing accessories you will find quality pieces at affordable prices.

To start, browse your local physical stores by looking in the YellowPages, using your online search engine and asking your friends and family. Make a list of places that you would like to consider and then map out a plan to visit them. If you are looking for newer clothing accessories, consider visiting consignment shops first. Most items that you will find at a consignment shop are between 1-3 years old and you can expect up to a 50%-60% discount off of the retail price. If you are looking for a super bargain, start by searching thrift stores and flea markets. You may need to be willing to dig, but you will be sure to find some very nice, inexpensive items. Next, search your local resale shops as they offer a mix of old and new used clothing accessories and are generally a bit more organized than a flea market or a thrift store.

As you are shopping, be sure to also take an inventory of your current accessories and the items that you are looking to replace. As you are going through your closet, you will probably find unwanted clothes and accessories that you can even sell to generate funds to make some new accessories purchases. Be sure to take those items with you on your shopping trips.

When you are shopping on an online auction or consignment site, accessories are often sold in “Lots”. Lots are groupings of like items that are sold as a single unit. The advantages of lots are that you get a large selection in a single purchase, but the disadvantage is that you may not always know what you are getting. Single items that are more expensive are typically sold individually. Be sure to read the item descriptions carefully so that you know what you are getting and take into consideration what the shipping costs are going to be in your overall sales price. When you are making your online purchases, be sure to use a secure site and a reputable company to ensure your security and your privacy.

Shopping for used accessories online and in physical used clothing stores is a great way to build your wardrobe, to keep up with the trends and to find affordable items.

Women’s Clothing Accessories – The Hottest Trends for Fall

What characterizes fall fashion? Neutrals, low-key, relaxed shapes, soft materials for chic women’s clothing and scorching hot women’s clothing accessories. If summer has bright colors to be proud about and spring indulges in dreamy prints, fall is the best time to accessorize.

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Every season has its own highlight and fall is not in any way lacking in style. Despite the tone down on colors, it usually offers distinct accessories that make the powerful statement. If you want to have a good look of what’s in store for fall, browse for collections and catalogues from designers like Elan International and you’ll see how fabulous can black, grey and white can get for women’s casual clothing.

This season’s specials seem endless. For one, chic tops and bottoms can be easily mixed and matched. And also, there are really no rules when it comes to hemline, neckline and materials. As long as the cover-ups can keep you warm, those materials are must-haves.

You can wear short dresses over leggings while long dresses go pretty well with a ruffled wrap. You can choose to wear boots all season or alternate it with sexy heels when the occasion calls for it. It’s “anything goes” this season but a word of advice, don’t lose your fashion sense. Chic apparel in fall comes in varied pieces so you do not have to get stuck with a rule.

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Women’s clothing accessories trend is easy to spot. Just look at what celebrities are wearing and you can easily build around your season wardrobe from there. This time, seen on many celebrities is the Humanity Wrap-around Bracelets.

What’s so special about it and why would you like to get one? It’s a celebrity thing remember? It means it’s trendy, up-to-date and the accessory of the moment. Aside from that it imparts positive messages like “Sow Love,” “Lead the Way,” “Accept Love,” you get the picture.

Humanity Wrap-around Bracelets are not only fashionable it is also a gentle reminder on how you should treat the people around you. Also it is a subconscious way to spread love to humanity, thus the name of the bracelet. It comes in different colors as well so you can wear the shade that represents your positive mood for the day or perk you up when you’re feeling somber.

Since these are colorful but not loud accessories, it can mix well with your new fall casual clothes ensembles. It can balance the otherwise drab neutrals and enhance your aura for the day. It has a playful character to it too so it will surely fit right in with the looks that you want to project this fall.

Say you want to have a vibrant look for Friday’s night out with your friends, adding this bracelet can put the necessary twist to your timeless white top and narrow bottoms. Since it’s also boots season, complement it with a Humanity Wrap-around Bracelets and you’re sure to change your vibe positively. Aside from these trendy bracelets, you can add pizzazz to your fall get-up with other accessories like exquisite bags.

Visit Clothing Obsession and browse for the season’s hottest finds in women’s accessories, tops, pants, dresses, skirts, convertibles, wraps, cover-ups, maxis, cruise, swimwear and so much more. Get free Humanity Wrap-around Bracelets after a required minimum purchase. The offer runs for a limited time so start your shopping today to get the hottest accessory this season.

Find The Best Hotel Deals For Your Next Vacation

The cost of your accommodation is often your single biggest expense when you want to take a vacation or a business trip. A great way to cut your costs is to find a deal on your hotel. Here are some tips to help you reduce your costs when you are planning your next vacation.

Travel During Off Season

When you are deciding your travel dates try not to go for the high season. There are many travellers who have the limitations of travelling during school vacations or holidays but if you can be a little flexible about your dates you can safe a lot of money. Sometimes a small change of dates from a weekend to during the week can make a substantial difference in the costs.

Use Membership Advantage

Many big chains of hotels offer free membership programs just like airlines offer frequent flyer programs which allow you to earn points which can be exchanged for free nights. Hotels also sometime give lower rates to the seniors, military people, students or members of programs like Triple A. So make sure you mention all your affiliations while booking to get the lowest rates possible.

Internet Specials

There are hotels which have special promotions only for online bookings. So search on the internet for deals that are saving you money. If you also want to make flight reservation sometimes a complete package cost less then individual booking.

Hidden Fees

When you are comparing your hotel cost be positive that the prices you are getting include everything. Some hotels charge small things separately make sure whatever you need is included in your price.

More Ways To Save

When travelling with family first confirm if the children are free to stay or eat. If you are travelling with a bunch of people ask for a group discount. If you are coming from the airport inquire if the hotel has a free shuttle service. Ask if there is a free breakfast that the hotel offers. Booking a room with a small kitchen can also help you save money as you don’t have to eat out every time.

Be Flexible

Last but not the least is being flexible. You should not only be flexible with the dates but also with your requirements. Things that you can do without should not be on your list like the facilities hotels have to offer if you can stay without don’t go for them. Booking a small room instead of a suite. Choosing a hotel in a less expensive area are all ways to cut down your costs.

How Can Cardboard Clothing Accessories Be Fun?

Cardboard is one of the most versatile, recyclable, fun, and useful items around. It can be used for almost anything, and can be turned into almost anything. Most people just think of cardboard as a one-time-use material that they only see in the shape of a box. But it can be transformed with the right tools and supplies into some amazing things.

While furniture, containers, and small knick-knacks are what people think of when they want to recycle their cardboard at home, there are other more unconventional options. Probably one of the most out-of-the-way ideas for cardboard is clothing accessories. Think about it, accessories are made from similar products such as plastic sheets, stiff fabrics, or metal, so why not cardboard?

Cardboard can be incorporated into many accessories. To start, how about a purse? A cardboard body with a fabric strap makes the purse easily customizable. Cardboard can be painted many times over! You can even reinforce it with duct tape, or some kind of varnish. Inside your purse you could have a cardboard wallet built in much the same way. A stiff cardboard body with duct tape hinges. And there are many different colors of duct tape to choose from, not just steel grey!

Cardboard can also be turned into jewelry. It might take a more steady hand, but with the right precision and work it could be beautiful. You could make rings, bracelets, necklaces, even belts out of cardboard. To make any of these things more conforming to a shape, just have lots of little hinges, so that it can bend and morph more easily and without breaking.

But will that jewelry look right on a plastic, metal, or wood holder? Not really. This is where cardboard comes in handy in its most common use – the container. You could create a jewelry box, a jewelry hanger, or even a few fake body parts to hold your cardboard jewelry. Anything made with cardboard can be easily painted and decorated, as almost anything will adhere to it.

Cardboard is an extremely versatile material, to not use it would simply be a waste. Think of items all around your house that could be recreated with cardboard – I’m sure you’ll find almost all of them can be. Doing so could be a fun project that will make your life just a little more green.

Top 6 Real Estate Secrets When Selling Your Home

Top 6 Real Estate Secrets

#1: Open Houses Don’t Work.

Open houses are a thing of the past. Years ago, when you wanted to sell your home, the only way that buyers could see the inside of your home was to be invited to view your home via an open house or making an appointment with the agent listing your home. Now, if a buyer wants to see your home, they can just go online, to any of a dozen sites, and see the inside of your home without ever having to leave their living room.

The truth is open houses don’t work! Real Estate agents host open houses not to sell your home, but to obtain additional clients who are looking to sell their homes (including your neighbors). The fact is, you are more likely to win the lottery than sell your home with an open house in most areas.

#2: Marketing is Job Number 1.

If you are selling your home, the real reason you hire a Realtor is marketing. A Realtor’s job is to get as many qualified buyers to your home as possible so that you can sell your home for the highest price. Marketing is the cornerstone of the Real Estate business and a Realtor that does not know marketing, is not worth the commission. Many Realtors avoid the topic of marketing and try to confuse homeowners with internet terms and the size of their firm, all of which means nothing to the actual sale of your home. Here are the things you should be aware of:

* When you hire someone to sell your home, first make sure they are a Realtor and ask to see their Realtor card. There is a big difference between Realtors and Real Estate agents. Real Estate agents cannot list your home in the MLS, a database of homes for sale by participating Real Estate firms.

* Make sure you select a Realtor that truly understands marketing – proactive marketing. All agents use the internet, so that is no big deal. All listings will likely be on Realtor.com and Zillow. Have your agent do a S.W.O.T analysis for you, find out if they work full-time as a Realtor, and ask them what they do that DOES NOT involve the internet to sell your home. Find out how long they have been Realtors, and ask to see any 3 homes sold in each of the last four years. In a very short time, you will be able to sort through the wheat and chaff.

* Don’t be fooled by the most common secret. An agent will mention they work for a big firm, and therefore, your home will get more views on the internet. This is not true, in almost all cases, any home being listed by a Realtor will be listed on the website of all the Real Estate firms in the area and most national websites as well. So even if you list your home with “Mom and Pop Realty,” your home will show up on even the big companies’ Real estate websites.

#3: Discount Brokers/Limited Service Brokers Can Be a Good Choice.

Regardless of what the industry tells you (including real estate agents) these firms have a place at the dinner table and serve a vital function in the industry. Let’s be honest – all people are a little frugal, and if you could find a cheaper alternative to paying a Realtor, you would. On occasion, discount brokers/limited service brokers can save you money.

Here are two specific cases where we refer our clients to limited services/discount Realtors:

Scenario 1: You have a home under $120,000 (don’t be jealous, Californians and New Yorkers).

Real Estate is a business, and agents are people who rely on that business to pay their own bills. So, if your agent works at a firm that takes a cut of the commission (in many cases 30-50%), the agent must determine if selling your home is a good business decision. Lets look at the numbers:

* Home Price = $120,000

* 3% commission (Listing Side only) = $3600

* Minus Firm Split (35%) = – $1260

* Minus Taxes (25%) = – $900

* Minus marketing = – $800

* Leaves a net commission of $640, to the agent

If the agent only nets $640 on the deal, how much time can you reasonably expect them to spend on your behalf selling your home? In this case, using a limited service broker could save you $2000+ dollars on the listing side after the cost of the limited broker fees and expenses are deducted.

Scenario 2: You are in a super hot market.

If you are in a market that is so hot that all you have to do is put a sign in your front yard, then limited service is a good option. They put your home in the local MLS system and buyers just show up. AWESOME! The key to making this work is to have your home appraised before you call the limited service brokers to make sure you are selling your home for the right price. Once you get a contract from a buyer’s agent, hire another agent or lawyer to help you with the details on an hourly or fixed-rate basis. The key is making sure you only accept contracts from buyer’s agents. If you are not sure what that means, get clarification in your state. (I can’t give you all the secrets!)

#4: All Agents Are NOT Created Equal.

Just like any industry, there is a range of competence within the Real Estate world; However, many people believe that all agents are the same. I suggest that when you are interviewing agents, request that they send you the contracts ahead of time, and prepare a set of questions for them to answer. If you are in North Carolina, here are just a few questions I suggest:

* What is dual agency? And do you practice dual agency?

* What is the difference between due diligence and earnest money? And what happens if a buyer cancels the contract?

* Am I required to do repairs on my house, or is my home sold as-is?

* Show me the marketing plan for my home, not a generic presentation.

#5: Some Agents Will Try to “Buy the Listing.”

This is when an agent convinces a homeowner they can sell their home for a price significantly higher than market value. This tactic is successful when an owner uses money to select the agent. The agent’s intention is to have the owner sign the listing agreement under the auspices of an inflated sales price, and then the agent will steadily lower the price of your home until it actually sells.

#6: For Sale By Owner (FSBO) Homes Don’t Save Money and Time.

The company line for agents is that they will help you buy any home; however, most agents do not like to deal with FSBO properties. First and foremost, Real Estate is a FOR-PROFIT job. Owners selling their own home have made a decision not to pay a Realtor, but your agent does not work for free. Therefore, as a buyer, if you choose to consider FSBOs, you need to have a discussion about who is responsible for paying commissions. In many cases, you as the buyer could be responsible for paying the commissions on the deal in addition to closing costs and down payments