As I mentioned in my blogpost last week, I am currently completely out of money. As a fulltime student it’s very difficult to find a job, especially as I am physically and mentally unable to do manual labor (anyone else got issues with their back? Yay!). I do tutoring sometimes, but it is just an expensive time to be alive at the moment. You know what I’m saying? However, I hope you find my guide a little bit useful, especially if you live in Vienna like me.
I love shopping. I just do. Some (my mother) would say that I have a spending problem. I don’t think this is the case, but I am a real fan of shiny new things as I get bored easily with the stuff that’s already in my wardrobe.
I am a big supporter of thriftshops and vintage stores, but most of the time they’re not all that cheap. I like Humana in Vienna because I like the fact that their profits go to charity, but their prices resemble Forever21 more than Goodwill. But be sure to look out for their sales (yes, thriftshops have sales too). On Facebook, Humana Austria announces the dates on which you can get most items for 4, 3, 2 or even 1 Euro. Just be prepared to sort through a lot of complete crap.
To find something that’s cool, cheap and actually fits you at a fleamarket is a miracle. I was able get a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes for 5 Euros at the Nashmarkt Fleamarket about 2 years ago and I have been trying to find another bargain like this ever since. The truth is that you just have to be very lucky. Nevertheless, browsing is always a lot of fun, especially with friends. If you want to go explore fleamarkets, make sure to go early before the masses snatch up the best pieces. I got up at 6am once and ended up with a really cute skirt for just 3 Euros. It could happen to you too! And if you don’t find anything good, just go for coffee. Coffee is always a good idea.
For makeup and beauty I mostly just buy stuff from the drugstore. I am also friends with some amazing girls who get me Benefit products for my birthday. Shahed, if you’re reading this, know that I love you forever. I’m also going to a Beauty Festival on Friday in Vienna where they give away free samples and have a beauty fleamarket which should be fun (and hopefully cheap). If you’re interested I can keep you updated on that.
I also tend to shop the sales, exclusively. Yesterday I was in American Apparel and all of their already reduced stuff was another 50% off. I still could not afford it. But if something I have my eye on is too expensive, I come back a few weeks later to see if it’s reduced. Most of the time it’s out of stock when I return, but sometimes I get lucky.
Another tip is to get a boyfriend who buys you stuff. Nah I’m just kidding. My sister’s boyfriend really knows fashion though. And his mother gives away handbags and beauty products she doesn’t use anymore on a daily basis. Sometimes life just isn’t fair.
If you’ve gotten this far and I haven’t bored you out of your mind yet, allow me to congratulate you. And to beg you to subscribe to my blog. I’m funny sometimes, I swear.
See you next week, hopefully.