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How to Buy Clothes on a Budget

How to buy clothes on a budget

‘Tis the season for costumes, holiday outfits, and Sigma Apple Pi’s annual date party; that all means one thing- shopping. When you’re balling on a budget it may be difficult to fund all these events! However, there are plenty of ways to get prepared without making your debit card cry!

Plato’s Closet Christiansburg

Plato’s buys and sells used clothing for at least 70% off the retail price! Most of their stock is hardly worn, and some items still have the tags on them. They also give a student discount on Tuesdays. Stop in to shop, or sell items you’re no longer going to wear and make a little extra cash on your closet


Lulu’s is exclusively online and items range in price to fit all budgets. They also have very helpful customer reviews that give you a solid idea about fit, length, and material. There’s often free shipping and online shopping saves a trip to the store!

TJ Maxx

TJ Maxx is another discount store with clothing just a short ride from campus. Located in Christiansburg, it stocks name brands clothing and shoes at a discounted price.


This website sells a variety of used clothes online. Sellers are usually college students motivated to sell items ranging in quality in price. If you cannot find what you need there is also the option of becoming a seller and making some cash back.


I generally shy away from Goodwill, but many people look there first! You never really know what you will find and that is part of the fun! Prices are super discounted and it’s just a short drive away in Christiansburg.

Blacksburg may be a bit limited in terms of retailers, but that does not mean it is impossible to find what you’re looking for within your budget. Don’t hesitate to ask if a store offers a student discount and happy shopping!

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