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Goth chic for cheap

Goth fashion is normally quite expensive, but there are ways to get certain items for much less.
Goth fashion is normally quite expensive, but there are ways to get certain items for much less.

Let’s face it: the goth lifestyle is notorious for being expensive. A large chunk of funds goes to the music, art, and other hobbies of the children of the night. Perhaps the costliest aspect of living the darkly decadent life, though, is fashion. A unique pair of boots will easily set you back over $100, and well-made, worthwhile corsets cost several hundred dollars!

Fortunately, it’s easy to dress the part quickly and cheaply in South Carolina. Home to an abundance of stores and individuals who provide the products and services specific to your style, the state makes frightening frugal fashion a reality. Check out the ideas below:

  • Walmart is your friend. Kind of. Despite the fact that the corporation has killed local businesses around the world as well as moved thousands of once-American jobs overseas where cheap labor is now exploited, the stores back up their motto with some seriously unbeatable prices. If you can ignore the drawbacks (and it’s understandable if you can’t), this is the place to purchase your basics. Need a cute lace-trimmed cami? What about some thigh-highs? Running low on black nail polish? Walmart sells items that can easily be tailored to your look with a bit of creativity and a few extra dollars. A $13 Victorian-ish blouse bought here became the perfect accompaniment to a flowing skirt and industrial Demonia boots!

For a list of Walmart stores in the Columbia area, click here.

  • Thrift stores and consignment shops are even friendlier. At the right time, that is! These second-hand stores are full of homeless items that might complement your wardrobe for much less than their original, unaffordable prices. Looking for vintage costume jewelry? Seeking a new skirt? Make it a part of your routine to periodically shop around stores in this category. Most of the time you might not find anything, but the rare times that you do will make it worthwhile! It all depends on what items are brought in by other patrons, but you’ll end up with some of the most unique finds in your closet!

For a list of the plentiful consignment shops in the Columbia area, click here. Be sure to check out Sid & Nancy, the only alternative clothing thrift store in Columbia!

  • Individual crafters are friendliest. Especially if you bring them more business! The internet has brought about the rise of part-time craftspeople and entrepreneurs who use their skills to create interesting and often exclusive items in their free time. Small shops have sprung up on websites such as eBay and Etsy, which work to link sellers directly to those customers who are most interested in the products they offer. These are the places to find such discounted items as hair falls, arm warmers, steampunk accessories, and other D.I.Y. clothing. You’ll save more money if you shop locally and don’t have to pay for shipping. You might even make new friends in the process, too!  And many sellers offer discounts to those who advertise for them in this era of internet social networking.

Check out goth Etsy finds here and goth eBay items here.

Dressing goth doesn’t have to eat up your entire budget. Shop around, make connections, and buy cheap basics. Then you can spend the majority of your money on those expensive specialty items that are more than worth it!

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  • MLE 5 years ago

    I love this article! It is so true. If you can cut back a bit on the basics, it saves more money for those corsets and boots.

  • Zack 5 years ago

    I always love reading your articles! they're always well written and interesting, whether its something that applies to me or not. plus i think it's awesome that you're concerned with helping us all live life and have fun while saving money in these crappy economic times!

  • Matthew 5 years ago

    Always a pleasure to read your articles, Maresa :)

  • Harley 5 years ago

    well written and very helpful. I wish i lived nearby so I could check out Sid and nacy. Do they have a website?

  • Maresa 5 years ago

    Hi Harley! Thanks for your comment!

    Sid & Nancy indeed has a website: You can also find them on Facebook and MySpace. However, because their merchandise turnover is so quick, the products are not for purchase in an internet store.

    So you should definitely come visit! :D

  • Stacey 5 years ago

    Awesome article. My buddy Samm told me to check you out. Glad I did. :)

  • Cory 5 years ago

    Great article. Its nice to hear someone mention a consignment stores like Sid & Nancy's. Can't wait to read the next one.

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