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The bags are all unpacked and everything is hanging neatly in your closet yet you can’t shake the feeling that something is missing. It could be that dress for special occasions or the top that would compliment your jeans perfectly.

But, as college kids know, shopping in Wayne does not exactly fit a student budget. It can be intimidating walking the same streets that house over-priced boutiques and designer brand retailers.

Dig a little deeper and you can find an opportunity not widely talked about: consignment shopping. This is a definite perk of living among some of the wealthiest people in the state. Here, consignment shops are filled with last seasons’ castoffs, given away to make room for new purchases.

There are many of these stores in the area. You just need to know where to look.

1. Plato’s Closet ($) 6.8 miles

For those who don’t know, people can buy or sell name brand merchandise including but not limited to Aeropostale, Charlotte Russe, Ugg and Forever21. www.platoscloset.com

2. Greene Street ($$) 3.9 miles

This shop boasts the feel of a boutique with the prices of a bargain basement. Clothing from White House/Black Market and Express can be found here among many other top brands. It is somewhat pricey but, considering the brands sold, most purchases are steals. www.greenestreetconsignment.com

3. Maria Fe’s

Upscale Consignment ($$) 9 miles

This shop is hit-or-miss. While the clothing here is considered designer, it is mostly a place where one’s mother would shop. They occasionally have clothing for a younger demographic, but this is rare. Search for Maria Fe’s on Facebook.

4. The Cedar Chest ($) 10 miles

For all of those who love the vintage look without the insane price tag, the Cedar Chest has exactly what your heart desires.

www.cedarchestonline.com

5. The Palm Tree ($$) 7 miles

There are some great finds but you have to search for them. It can be difficult, but there are designer castaways looking for a second life. All proceeds benefit Paoli Hospital. www.mainlinehealth.org

It is possible to be both stylish and smart. As tuition climbs, resale stores are becoming ever more essential. Don’t forget to recycle your own clothes by donating or selling them.

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