STUDENTS ON A BUDGET SEEK OUT GREAT VINTAGE TO QUENCH THEIR THIRST FOR INDIVIDUAL STYLE.

Status labels aren’t for everyone. Most real-world students just can’t afford them, while others find them politically taboo. But whether protesting capitalist atrocities or merely watching their wallets, some people just have a knack for penny-pinching in style, as proven by the variety show of dress-for-less styles seen on college campuses. Such fashionable thrift can take many forms, as students scour venues from Wal-Mart to Loehmann’s and Off Fifth in search of finds. Some girls prefer to cling to their lost youth, searching children’s departments for nifty Ts. But the most most popular place for ferreting out fashion at a price—and the one that offers the greatest opportunity for creativity—is on the used clothing circuit. College students across the country routinely comb through the goods at yard sales, peruse the piles at trendy vintage shops and hit that all-purpose student’s retailer, the Salvation Army.

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