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Vintage clothing

Thursday, August 19, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

Living in a college town usually means working off the stereotypical college budget. Despite this, “What am I going to wear this weekend?” still comes soon after, “How will I pay rent?” and “What do I have to eat?” in the list of important questions.

Where to find a deal

 Absolute Vintage

 923 East Broadway

875-8440

Blackberry Exchange

16 S. Ninth St. 

499-0420

Goodwill

 507 E. Nifong Blvd.

442-8527

Gotcha! Costume Shop

 27 N. Tenth St. 

442-2540

Leo’s Old Clothes

 9 N. Ninth St. 

449-2001

Maude Vintage

818 East Broadway

449-3320

Plato’s Closet

 2609 E. Broadway 

817-8100



Even though the mall is located a mere 10 minutes away from campus, don’t blow your budget without making a few stops first. Columbia has a variety of secondhand and vintage shops where you can easily snag a deal. Here are some of the best things to look for:

Vintage finds

Why buy retro-inspired clothing from a brand-name chain when you can get the real deal? Check out Maude Vintage, which specializes in clothing from the early 1980s and before. Selection isn’t just limited to tops and bottoms — Maude and other stores, such as Absolute Vintage, also carry accessories and jewelry.

Shoes

Walking around campus and downtown means your shoes will be taking some damage. Investing in comfortable kicks doesn’t leave much for party pumps. Pick up a loud, splashy pair at Blackberry Exchange for less than $15.

Sweaters

Layering is one of the best skills a college student can learn. Wear something light when walking (or running) to class, but bring something along for sitting in an air-conditioned classroom. Pick a loud pattern that will fit over anything you happen to wear.

Costumes

Costume rentals are the solution for when you want an extravagant outfit you don’t plan on wearing ever again. Both Gotcha! Costume Shop and Maude Vintage have weekly rental options so you don’t have to clear out extra room in your closet.


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