As I said earlier, when I first told my friends about my shopping experiment, one of their main concerns was bras. Can you get a decent push-up, breast-enlarging, nipple-hiding bra for less than $20? Well sure you can. At Target, where all good things live.
So while I was buying MORE Gilligan & O’Malley underwear, I wandered into the bra department. In the past, I’ve been either insanely happy or totally pissed off with Gilligan & O’Malley bras. Sometimes, they rock – they hoist up my boobs, give me almost-cleavage, and are either strapless or possess straps that don’t fall down all the time. But in the bad times, their bras either don’t fit at all, or compress my already small boobs into non-existance, or my size (never you mind what my size is) is completely sold out.
The constant bonus to Gilligan & O’Malley bras is the price tag – they never go above $19.99, not even the gel-filled ones. So when I found a new style (which is an exact duplica of a previous style that Target discontinued about 2 years ago; what is with these people?) that looked promising, I tried it out. And on the way to the dressing room, I passed the bra clearance rack and THEY ACTUALLY HAD A BRA IN MY SIZE IN A NORMAL COLOR. So I snagged that one, too.
Needless to say, both bras fit perfectly AND they gave me cleavage. Me, cleavage. It’s as if God was smiling on me that day.
So now I have two nude bras with straps, one for $10.99 and one for $5.98 on clearance. That’s right, I got TWO bras for less than $20. And you wonder why I love Target so much. If they would just stop discontinuing stuff and then bringing it back… it’s very stressful for me.
TIP: If your boobs are any bigger than a D, you’ll have to go to Victoria’s Secret. Gilligan & O’Malley is not made well enough or strong enough to support that kind of boobage. Also, before you buy any bra anywhere, be sure to have a bra fitting. They do free bra fittings at JC Penney and Victoria’s Secret. So you’ll need to get measured up first, before you go and save big bucks at Target.
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One In, One Out
I have a clothes shopping rule that has served me and my over-stuffed closets well. Every time I bring a new item into my closet, I have to donate something from my closet (or consign it, if I think the item will sell). One item in, one item out. That way, I never have to buy new hangers! Well, okay, that’s not the real reason. That way, I alway know what is lurking in the depths of my closets, and stuff isn’t just being shoved to the back to make way for the new. If I’m not wearing something, someone else could.
So wear do I donate? It depends on time, volume, and whether or not I need a coupon. Typically, I’m pressed for time, so I drop my donations off at the Goodwill in Roseville, which I pass my way to work. If I want a coupon for my next thrift store shopping spree, I donate to Savers. Also, if I have a ton of stuff to donate, I’ll typically go to Savers – either in Columbia Heights or Bloomington.
And if I want to consign, and I have the time, I hit up Nu Look Consignment in Minneapolis (call to see if you need an appointment first). If I’m consigning on the fly, it’s either Clothes Mentor or Turn Style in Roseville.
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