Never underestimate what you might find at yard sales.  This past weekend I managed to yard sale with all my kids.  This is no easy task, especially if you might actually want to purchase something.  It was citywide sales in town, so there were lots to pick from.  Here is my helpful yard sale 1,2,3 for beginners. First plan of attack is to read through the descriptions on the maps of the yard sales.  Highlight the items that interest you.  Then re-read and find the sales where you’ve highlighted more than one item.  These are worth going to first.  Lastly, note the times on each.  Some will open early, some not until the exact time specified. While reading the descriptions on this outing, I stumbled upon what I thought may be a typo.  The word was coach.  Hm.  Did they mean to say, couch?  Or is this really the brand name Coach?  Definitely worth a stop to find out. I arrive at this particular yard sale on Saturday.  Typically Saturdays are whatever is leftover days.  Things are picked over, and either too expensive (why they didn’t sell in the first place) or half price!  Since I wasn’t really sure this wasn’t a typo, I didn’t put it into the must stop first on Friday sales.  I saw there was a pile of purses on a table as I walked up to the yard sale and upon closer inspection, I came to find TWO Coach purses sitting on top!  Both in excellent condition.  I don’t think they have hardly even been used.  One in a bright blue patient leather and the other in a patchwork of autumn colors, also in patient leather.  I couldn’t believe my luck.  Final purchase price- $50.  For both purses.  Some days even I am amazed at my ability to find bargains. Now I have two new fall purses without the big sticker shock!!!

Indian Summer season can cause some headaches when choosing what to wear.  Are sandels still appropriate?  Can I still wear shorts?  Maybe you have just packed away all of your summer things when the cool weather first hit.  Now what? Shoes can be tricky.  Although the question on whether or not to wear sandels is becoming less and less an issue when there are so many runway looks with sandels and tights.  I try to tone down my sandel wearing once the cooler weather starts.  But when the warm Indian summer days bring temps back into the 80s, I like to wear some fun athletic shoes.  No, not your basic running shoes, but something that is fun and easy to chase kids in. I also take it easy on the shorts.  If you’re wearing a long sleeved blouse with a pair, that can be acceptable.  But by now whatever summer tan I had on my legs is lost and therefore if it gets really hot, I’ll hit the capris. Another thing to consider is to dress in layers.  The same tanks that carried you through the dog days of summer can now be worn with a loose vest.  Or throw on a scarf overtop a tank and it will pass for more of a “fall” look than middle of summer. Here’s a picture of a look from Ann Taylor Loft.  Just a simple summer dress with a scarf.  Looks a little more like Indian summer instead of just plain summer, doesn’t it?

I enjoy watching what the major department stores come out with for ad campaigns for each season.  I find it so amusing to critique them simply because some really resonate with me as a shopper and some just fall flat of creating any intrigue for me to explore what they have on their racks. Case in point, each year the Macy’s ads are the same.  Around Christmastime they run their “red” campaign, which makes sense because it is Christmastime and that is there “color.”  But how many of us run around day to day in head to toe red?  Secondly, their fall ads this year were disappointing.  Everything in black.  Gee.  That’s really exciting. All the major designers are pushing color and they come out with an all black ad.  I count on Macy’s as the “fancy” department store of the Midwest.  Nordstrom’s, Bergdorf’s, Bloomingdale’s- none of these are out here and none of them would be in my price range anyway.  But on a splurge (or a good Black Friday sale), occasionally I can afford something from Macy’s.  I wish that I felt compelled to shop there this season, but not after that ad campaign. Then there is JCPenney’s.  (Sigh.)  This can be a shoestring budgeter’s haven.  Many a time I have purchased some wonderful buys there for less than a cafe mocha.  But their ad campaign this fall almost left me in tears.  Everything red and leopard print.  Who dresses this way???  Yes, animal prints are always hot for fall.  But their ad campaign looked very three or four years ago. This leads me to Sears.  The Kardashian line…hm.  I’m not sure what average American woman wears clothes like this on a daily basis.  Generally just Kardashians.  But the next time I need a dress that is painted on and entirely too short, I know just where to turn. Here are a few people who hit it right this fall: 1)  Kmart.  Yes, I know it is linked to Sears, but whatever.  They are still two separate stores.  And they know how to turn a girl’s head.  Lots of boho, fashiony cheap buys in their fall ads.  I also like their slogan, “Money can’t buy style.”  So true.  It also can’t buy taste.  And Kmart online is an awesome place to find shoes and boots!  However, I’m not impressed with their Sofia Vergara line.  I love her campaign that promotes dressing like a woman “You are a woman so dress like a woman.”  But if I wanted to dress like a hooker, I’d by something from the Kardashian line.  🙂 Here is a link to Kmart’s blog.  It is fabulous! http://fashionblog.kmart.com/2011/09/fall-essentials-boots-sweaters-accessories/ 2)  Kohl’s.  Once my least favorite store, they are at least doing a good job of promoting their Jennifer Lopez line.  It has me curious.  I’m also a big fan of their other celebrity lines.  Now if only they could dispose of all the junior garbage that is polyester hot pink and zebra print… 3)  TJ Max.  Perhaps it is simply because I’m a fashionista and their ads pull me in with that word.  But I haven’t been to TJ Max in years.  And now I’m ready to see what treasures I can find. There it is.  The flops and the finds for the fall ad campaigns!

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