Thrifty in Fashion

Shopping happens everywhere – Malls, downtown, Farmer’s Markets. It’s a fact of life that the majority of people love to shop as a pastime. Some shop for electronics while others shop for clothes and the accessories that go along with them. Unfortunately, in today’s economy, we don’t always have the luxury to shop at high end name brand stores and keep up with the fashion of today. Still, the want to shop exists so people result to window shopping or my preference – stores that sell used items. Downtown is a great place to find bargains on clothes, you save a few dollars and get to find outfits that no one else has. Most people want outfits that make them stand out, but they usually want name brands as well. Secondhand stores are great for when you’re on a budget.

Bisou Bisou Jacket, $10. J Crew Shirt, $7. Twenty One Shirt, $10. Nine West Heels, $15.
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The drawback is that it’s rare to find outfits that fit in with today’s fashion and finding name brands is next to impossible. Good news for fashion lovers – you don’t have to choose between sacrificing your sense of fashion to save some cash or go without food for a month to get those $100 shoes.

You’re probably wondering what the answer is to this dilemma. My answer to people who ask me where I found those gloves or that cute pair of shoes is The Black Market. Not where you buy items that people acquired under less than legal circumstances, but a used clothing store.

The Black Market sells gently used name brands and vintage clothing at their store, along with outfits that are unique that they think will sell. This store takes its fashion as seriously as any name brand facility. The employees have to have a keen sense of fashion and they decorate the walls with various outfits. The outfits are put together by the employees in a way that makes a cute and fashionable outfit and the items can be sold together or separately.

The Black Market doesn’t just sell clothes, it’s a clothing exchange where you can sell clothes you no longer use. Accoriding to their website and Facebook page, The Black Market looks for brand names such as Banana Republic, Lux, BDG, Mossimo, Cole Haan, Gucci, Levis, and so many more. It also doesn’t hurt to bring in all of the clothes you need to get rid of even if they aren’t name brand – you never know what The Black Market will find interesting!

Here’s how it all works –they give you either 30% cash or 50% store credit of what you sell to them. Within 15 minutes, you’ll have a fist full of cash, or store credit—whichever you choose.

NY & Co Black Tunic, $10. VulgarChic Red Roses Skirt, $20. Gianni Bini Square Toe Heel, $15. Photo courtesy of

Don’t forget the accessories! The Black Market has a wide selection of shoes – boots, heels, flats, etc. at great prices. You can find purses, hats, gloves, scarves, coats – pretty much anything an accessory lover would need. Including my favorite accessory, jewelry – the excellent selection of rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces to choose from adds extra flair to your outfit. Jewelry is old and new alike, and varies from feather and button earrings to flower pendant necklaces.

Check out the advertisements near the entrance for the next upcoming fashion show hosted by The Black Market, as well as other downtown Lincoln events. The atmosphere is uplifting all around, including their changing rooms that are decorated with pictures from magazines.

For the shopaholics and fashionistas visiting Lincoln – look to The Black Market Women’s and Men’s Clothing Exchange in Downtown Lincoln. It’s a great place to shop, saves you money on trendy outfits, and has you leaving in style.

The Black Market
1033 E “O” Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 475-1033
Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 12pm-6pm



About: Brandi Bengtson

I am a senior at UNL with a major in English and a minor in Communication Studies. Writing is my passion and I have novels that are works in progress that I will one day publish. Outside of writing, I love finding new places to shop, eat, or study. I love UNL and the friends I’ve made.