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YP Tips: Budget-Friendly Style

As the official sponsor of YP Birmingham, we’re invested in helping up-and-coming professionals build community. Our series of YP Tips will help put your best foot forward as you “get out, get social.”

You know you’re supposed to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Trouble is, the job you want comes with a much higher clothing budget, and you have a hard time justifying credit card debt for a tangential means of professional development.

You could sigh about the impossibility of your predicament. You could do your best to combine Forever 21 finds with Banana Republic Factory Store staples. You could spend all your off-hours in search of thrift store treasures.

Or you could do your wallet and your sanity a favor by becoming a regular at Zoe’s Forest Park. It’s cheaper than the mall and happier than a thrift store. There are dressing rooms with curtains and an extensive vintage collection. Also, there’s a shop cat, which is a million kinds of cute.

Besides helping you craft a personal style that’s more individual than the mall, Zoe’s can also give you a modest ROI on any wardrobe items that aren’t quite working. And there are few things more satisfying than buying fun new pieces from an existing store credit.

Image via Zoe Shop

To help you on your hunt, we have a few Zoe’s shopping tips:

  • Pay attention to the tag. It has not only the initial sale price but also the markdown schedule. If the original consignment price feels too rich for your blood, you’ll know exactly when to check back.
  • Follow the store’s facebook page. You’ll know when big sales are happening — like the recent half-off winter clearance — and what kinds of items they’re seeking from would-be consignors.
  • Focus on big-ticket items. The deals are far better on coats/blazers, nice dresses, and designer denim than they are on simple tops.
  • Schedule your shopping during Third Friday in Forest Park. The regular neighborhood event is a great way to score special deals and sneak in some community networking.

After all, Zoe’s isn’t just a smart shopping destination for YP folks. It’s a business that’s iconically Forest Park. It’s neither the trending new renovations in the Loft District nor as transitional as Avondale and Crestwood North’s historic charmers. Instead, it’s an area of affordable character set off by some real stunners. Perfect for the rising young professional.

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