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8 Ways To Improve Your Wardrobe on a Budget

A smile is the most beautiful item a person can wear, but you can always find new ways to reinvent yourself and look your best. A new wardrobe does not need to break your bank. So, Splash Tears has gathered a list of ways to improve your wardrobe so you can be confident and tackle your day in style. Keep reading to learn how you and your loved ones can update your wardrobe on a budget.

Flea Markets

Flea markets offer much more than just old, dusty antiques and furniture. If you look deep, you may be able to score a designer piece at a very low cost or any piece of clothing that you may love. Bargaining is also totally fine at flea markets; something looked down upon in new clothing stores. So, take a look at your newspaper, figure out when your town’s next flea market is, apply a few drops of our fast-action lubricating eye drops, and head over there with a few friends for a day of fun and shopping. You may be surprised at what you come home with.

Clothing Trading Events

You may not have heard of this before. But some communities have trading events where you can take old clothes and trade them for anything in the booths. This is simply a lot of neighbors and community members gathered in one yard or park exchanging clothes. You can find a wide array of sizes and even children’s clothes at these events. So ask around to see if anyone is doing it, or take action and plan a trading event yourself. This could be your chance to organize a sustainable event that will be fun and benefit many families in your area.

Thrift Stores

Each town has its thrift stores. Whether they are a chain such as goodwill and ARC or – our preferred – small businesses, you are bound to find some great deals at thrift stores. By shopping at the thrift shop, you will be helping the environment by removing clothes that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Be mindful and choose pieces that will work with your current items at home. Don’t shop just to shop because this will beat the purpose of thrift shopping. If you purchase five items and throw away three in a few weeks, you defeat the sustainability aspect of second-hand shopping. So, always buy only what you need, love, and will 100% wear.

Department Stores

Some department stores have fantastic deals on clothing. Just be careful of what brands and fabrics you purchase. Try to stick to sustainable, slow fashion. TJMaxx, Ross, Marshall, and Target offer beautiful clothing at great prices. Again, this does not mean you need to purchase every single thing you lay your eyes upon. Purchase a season behind and save money. If summer just ended, swimsuits, shorts, and dresses will likely be on sale. So, now may be a great time to grab one swimsuit that suits you and makes you feel confident. Don’t buy things you are on the fence about. “I may wear it one day” is not a strong argument for buying clothes. It takes about 1,800 gallons of water to produce one pair of jeans, so think about that next time you hit the department store.

Your Friend’s Closet

Have a friend who is the same size as you, and maybe her children are the same age as your children? If so, then you are in luck. Contact a few friends and see who may be interested in exchanging clothes. How many times have your friends complimented your outfit to your surprise! We all have different styles. So that piece you barely like may be dreamy to your friend. Also, you can always repurpose clothing. How? Add patches, tie-dye patterns, lace, and if you can sew, you can turn a dress into a romper or much more. So, just get creative. You do not need to spend your salary on new clothes. You just need vision and creativity.


Amazon has incredible deals on clothing. Keep your eyes open for PrimeDay if you are a member. Just be mindful of fast fashion and its environmental print. Choose reputable brands, preferably made in the United States, so you are supporting fair wages and fair labor. Choose earth-friendly textiles such as organic hemp, organic cotton, organic linen, and all recycled fabrics. While at it, add a box of Splash Tears to your cart to keep your eyes hydrated and beautiful because looking matters little if your eyes are hurting.

Sell Your Old Clothes

Selling your old clothes and using the money to buy new pieces is one great way to refresh your wardrobe. Get rid of that bulky sweater you never wore last winter and trade those high school pants for something trendier and more suitable to your current self. You can sell your stuff on apps or websites like Poshmark, or you can take them in person to stores like Plato’s Closet.


ThredUp is the leading source for online thrift shopping. Don’t like the idea of perusing through racks and containers of second-hand clothing? Well, ThredUp is here for you. Simply open your laptop and get to shopping. Too much screen time can dry your eyes. Hydrate them before you even grab your laptop to avoid missing any deals due to uncomfortable eyes. If you want to sell your stuff, all you got to do is request a Clean Out Bag, fill it up with your items, and send it off to ThredUp. In about 2-3 weeks you will receive an estimate, and after you accept it, you’ll get your money within 2-3 days.

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We hope you enjoyed these tips on how to improve your wardrobe frugally. If you have more tips, send us a message, leave a comment, or tag us in your video. We would love to see you implement these tips in the real world, so use the hashtags #SplashTears and #OnTheGo to keep us in the loop of your new wardrobe adventures. Dust and allergens from shopping can irritate your eyes and exacerbate your dry eye symptoms. Make sure to apply a few drops of Splash Tears before heading out on your shopping adventure, and don’t forget the sunglasses for even further protection. Read our blog on “How to Relieve Dry Eye Symptoms at Home!”

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