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How do you save up money for new outfits? 
20th-Jan-2013 01:22 pm
Hello everybody! This is my very first post. ^_^

I was wondering, how do you go about saving up money for dresses, petticoats, etc. because it can be quite expensive. :(
I don't have a job (high-school.) so I'm open to any ideas for earning some extra cash. That way I can buy some pretty dresses ^.^
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20th-Jan-2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
I was in your boat a few years ago. Absolutely no cash, but really wanting to wear lolita. I bought a lot of stuff from thrift stores, tried to be resourceful. When grandparents or something took me shopping for clothes I would be really picky and only get victorian inspired clothes, I also asked if it was okay if they took me to vintage shops. A lot of clothes from the 50s are loliable. I did a lot of cupcake sales, used birthday or christmas money from relatives... Now I have a job, so it's a lot easier.
20th-Jan-2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
I love making cupcakes, I would have never thought of selling them! Thank you! <3
20th-Jan-2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
When I was in high school, I would do house work (cleaning and so forth) for family members to make a little money. Just let them know that you're trying to save up for something and ask if there's anything you can do for them for a little money. I never made A LOT that way, but when you've got no other way of making money it helps.
20th-Jan-2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
I got a job when I was a sophmore in high school. Before that I just saved up birthday/chirstmas money and only spent it on loliable items/fabric to make my own dresses. When your parents go shopping ask them for the change a couple of dimes here and there, saved up for a while, could be enough to pay for the shipping on items. Or if your parents give you lunch money, don't spend ALL of it and keep that extra dollar or two.
Also thrifting and second hand items are a good way to start because you can get more for your money.

Edited at 2013-01-20 09:31 pm (UTC)
20th-Jan-2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
Get a part-time job?
20th-Jan-2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
Ditto. I got a part-time job during high school. You can't get as many hours if you're underage but you definitely have more time to work in high school than you will in college. Just go on Craigslist and apply to as many jobs as possible and you're likely to get an interview to at least one of them.
22nd-Jan-2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
Actually, you can work a lot of hours if you balance right :) I work 40+hours and am a full time grade 12 student
22nd-Jan-2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
I remember as a junior (11th) I was too busy but my senior year was pretty laid back. 40+ hours is amazing though! I don't know how be both a full-time student and work full-time. That's dedication.
22nd-Jan-2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
Well, i have expensive hobbies (Dolls, lolita, cosplay, gyaru and kimono) plus i have to pay for Uni, so they turn into pretty motivating factors for me :)
20th-Jan-2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
That is a great idea to get one, but I'm already a very busy person O_O I honestly wouldn't have time. :(
21st-Jan-2013 01:01 am (UTC)
I you can't get a job and earn money for pretty dresses then perhaps you should accept that you should wait until you are old and/or motivated enough to do so before purchasing loli.
21st-Jan-2013 12:36 pm (UTC)
I have to agree here. I worked a casual job since I was 15, and I was in a minimum of 2 high school bands a year, plus extra things like school musicals, and then in year 12 on top of all this I was studying some classes at university to kickstart my degree. And now that I'm 23, I can tell you that you generally never stop being busy. I like to use "I'm too busy" as an excuse to shirk physical activity/exercise, but I know deep down it's a cop out. I could make the time if I really wanted it badly enough.

Would be exhausting to take on a part time job, on top of whatever else you're doing? Hell yes. Would it be rewarding? Hell yes.

Edited at 2013-01-21 12:39 pm (UTC)
22nd-Jan-2013 09:24 am (UTC)
I agree with this. I was doing a lot at school - in my last year of high school I was in the orchestra/choir/chamber music/sweet adeline/musical, in the debating team, in a regional symphonic band, had sports training 3 times a week and was studying for scholarship exams but still managed to pick up casual and one off jobs (overnight babysitting on weekends for family friends, admin work, waitressing for weddings and other functions), and to be honest, it wasn't actually too much even though I was requiring 9-10 hours of sleep a night at that time as any less than that was triggering my migraines.
20th-Jan-2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
Not always an option depending on where you live. When I was in highschool, the town I lived in was super small and isolated (as in the next town over was 2 hours away). Jobs which normally went to teens and young adults were taken by middle-aged people who really needed them or who simply wanted "easy" work. The vast majority of businesses in the town was family-owned; which meant they rather had their daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc. work in their stores instead of "potential thieves" (I wish I was joking about this, but I once inquired at several places and they basically told me "We can't hire you because you'd probably steal from us, since you're not related to us and under the age of 18.")
22nd-Jan-2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
I understand this. I live in a small country town. Jobs were very scarce and when there were job openings they wouldn't look at anyone under 18, even McDonalds wasn't. Other places I could have went were over an hour away and wouldn't even look at my application after they saw how far I lived. Part time job sounds like an easy thing for a teen to get but it's hard when you are stalk somewhere small that isn't close to anything. Best advice I can give the OP is to save allowances, birthday money, and so on. :)
23rd-Jan-2013 12:41 am (UTC)
Sounds just like old home for me! Hahahaha yeah I just scrimped, saved, and "made" my own jobs. I was a decently advanced enough pianist, so I would tutor really little kids whose parents weren't 100% sure about taking them to an older full-time teacher yet. I charged a lot cheaper, so it was a better option for some parents who weren't sure their little budding Beethoven would have the patience to sit and tap on keys. I also tutored math and English for elementary and middle school students.
20th-Jan-2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
I'm totally in the same boat as you, but I've managed to save up enough money to buy a couple brand pieces by selling greeting cards and origami paper crane earrings. If you have artistic talents you should totally put them to use!
20th-Jan-2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
Oh those sound cute! If I had pierced ears I would totally buy some... Maybe i'll pierce them just so I can wear them ;D

I do like playing with sculpey, and I've made lots of little charms so I might sell those. Good idea. ((:
21st-Jan-2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, thank you!

Also, learning to sew or alter clothing is also useful. You can buy secondhand clothing and use the fabric to make lolita clothes because it's cheaper than buying new fabric. I made my first piece by hand ^-^
20th-Jan-2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
I'm in high school currently, and I don't find a job but I still have a decent wardrobe ^^ Just collect money from birthday/christmas present, do not spend all your lunch money/month money, shop second-hand or non-brand items. Maybe you can do some craftings, like fimo jewels and stuff. You have to be a bit selfish too x) Shop for loliable things and modify it, it can be great ^^
20th-Jan-2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D I'll do that ^.^
20th-Jan-2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
Sell the clothes you don't fit anymore! maybe you can't get much for it, but its at least some extra money.
20th-Jan-2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
Save money from birthdays/holidays.
You can get a job in highschool (at least in the US). Depending on the place, the minimum age is between 14-16 years. I got a job working at a grocery store at 16. Quite a few of my friends worked at Dunkin Donuts. :) I also did pet sitting.
20th-Jan-2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
Hi! I definitely know what it feels like to be a poor high school student with no time for a job. Because I'm a semi-decent writer, when I was in high school I would enter a lot of writing competitions that would give out cash prizes to the winners. I won a few of them, actually! That money, combined with birthday/Christmas money, was enough to start me up on my purchases. :)
20th-Jan-2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
I'd recommend looking into this competition if you have artistic/musical/literary inclinations of any kind:

http://www.youngarts.org

Of course, I'm sure you could ask about writing challenges and competitions at your school too, and they'd probably have some good advice. :D

Edited at 2013-01-20 10:04 pm (UTC)
20th-Jan-2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
Back in highschool, I couldn't get a part-time job (very bad job market for youths in the town I grew up in). I ended up making my own jobs; I tutored in math, piano, and English. I also babysat. Since I was mostly in honors classes, I didn't have oodles of time on hand for a "real" job anyway. Tutoring and babysitting were easier to work into my schedule than set schedules.
20th-Jan-2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
You could make your own clothes and modify stuff from thrift stores. That's what I'm doing(though I also just bought my first loli dress from Bodyline). There are a lot of helpful tutorials here: http://fyeahlolita.blogspot.com/p/lolita-tutorials.html
20th-Jan-2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
A while back I would bake bagfulls of brownies and bring them to school and sell them there during lunch and between classes. Indivially wrap them and male them big. I sold each one for about .75 cents and made up to 20 dollars a day. It takes time but it an easy fix. Just dont sell them during lessons or the teachera will get tired of it quickly and may ban you fron selling.
20th-Jan-2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
At least where I went to school, I would say to stay away from this or to never ever let anyone see you, because if someone from my school had tried that, they would probably would have been expelled. Not even adults are allowed to sell home-made things at bake sales in my district. (It's a bake sale..... without home made things? Why yes. Yes it is. Because you never know when things are poisoned.)
21st-Jan-2013 04:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, it we had a similar rule in my district as well. I mean, people still DID sell homemade things, they just kept it discreet.
21st-Jan-2013 04:12 am (UTC)
At my high school selling things was actually against the rules, but the marching band sold candy bars every year. It depended on who was around. Most teachers didn't care and let us sell them since it was a school-sponsored charity, but my senior year they really cracked down on us (which was a shame, because most of the money we made was selling at lunch to other students, and we needed the money to fund the band program)

anyways, yeah, rules vary so see what the rules are at your school first. :3
20th-Jan-2013 11:08 pm (UTC)
for extra money that doesn't require a job, buying from thrift stores and garage sales to resell on ebay. there are a lot of guides and blogs out there on items that are good for this. some of it is obvious like popular clothes & accessories brands.
i've also used textbroker.com, you write little articles about random stuff, like yogurt or anti-aging foods or cities. there are lots of categories and new article requests are put out every day if you don't see anything you want to write about. it's not much money for the work, maybe $5 for 400-500 words, but they do pay you pretty quick.
20th-Jan-2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
I wasn't allowed to have a job when I was in high school (parents wanted me to focus on my schoolwork and extracurricular activities), but I was given a weekly allowance, and I'd slowly save up for things I wanted with that money.

Do you get an allowance? Can you negotiate bonuses for straight A grades/extra annoying housework/yardwork that nobody else wants to do? I got an extra $10 every time I mowed the lawn or raked fallen leaves.

And of course, you can combine it with birthday/Christmas money or ask your parents for a lolita dress or blouse for your birthday or Christmas (if they're the sort of parents to ask you what you want). I found that being a model daughter and reserving my teen angst/frustrations for my diary (a highly-encrypted Word document would be a better 2012 option) earned me the things that I wanted most of the time (I mean, parents have a budget too).

Also, keeping a small, realistic wishlist and choosing items/styles/colors that can be worn together and/or fleshed out with lots of offbrand/normal accessories helps a lot.
20th-Jan-2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm having a similar issue. Personally, I love charity shops, you can find off brand and vintagy stuff for way cheaper than anywhere else! I'm selling as much stuff as I can on ebay and I don't spend my lunch money so I slowly building up enough money to buy (second hand damaged replica) lolit! ;)
Also I play violin, so I actually get most of my money for busking. But that's probably not very helpful. ^^;
Good luck! :)

Edited at 2013-01-20 11:28 pm (UTC)
20th-Jan-2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
I don't have a nice way to /get/ money for you, but once you have it, I would tell you to stalk your local second hand/charity shops for loli-able blouses, shoes, fabric, lace, jewelry, ect. I've been doing that for a year now and slowly learning to make my own skirts and dresses from nice fabric I find in those places, and my wardrobe is getting to the point where I can easily wear lolita daily. Blouses and jewelry are easy to find super cheap at second hand stores no mater what style you're into. If you're into classic, or even gothic, shoes and fabrics are pretty easy to find too. Just spend your money wisely when you get it, and you'll feel like you have a lot more money than you do!
21st-Jan-2013 12:14 am (UTC)
Step 1: Look around for a job
- Getting work experience early will only benefit you in the long run and you get money!

Step 2: Save some or all of the money you earn
- You can save a bit then use the rest to hang out with friends or buy other non-lolita stuff

Step 3: Buy Second hand or from sources like taobao
- Second hand brand can be very affordable, but be reasonable and don't expect to buy a super popular print for 80% off
- Taobao is like chinese eBay. There's tons of small brands in china who create unique dresses and prints and most of them are under 100 USD

Hope that helps
21st-Jan-2013 12:22 am (UTC)
I didn't work during high school but I did during college (weirdly enough, I actually had more free time in college than I did in high school, figure that one out!), I had to set some of that aside for general expenses like books, but more than I probably should've spent went to hobbies. Since you don't have a job I'd honestly suggest saving up birthday money and offering to do extra yardwork/housework. You could also sell stuff on ebay or on lj but be prepared for them to take a cut. I think you have to be 16 to have your own paypal, so that may not be an option for you.
21st-Jan-2013 01:45 am (UTC)
In high school I got a part time job on the weekends at a restaurant, shoved snow for $5 to just about all the people on my street, and mowed their lawns in the winter. If you have any talents like sewing, tutoring, baby sitting, lawn mowing/side walk clearing or home cleaning/organizing even. Its really easy to make $50 extra bucks a week for doing odd jobs even if you're busy, and at the end of the month you have a brand dress!
21st-Jan-2013 02:25 am (UTC)
It would probably be best to try to learn to sew simple skirts and get cute tops to wear with them. That's what I did in high school, and actually until I was able to save more than just a little money. Do you know how to operate a sewing machine? There are youtube videos on how to make lolita skirts.
21st-Jan-2013 03:31 am (UTC)
Back in the dark ages when I was in middle/high school and Gamestops were called Funcoland and sold used NES and SNES games I used to go to yardsales and pick up any old video games for 50cents to a dollar and flip them at funcoland for like $3-$10 a piece (this was about a million years ago when they used to give you half the used price for returned games). It's not Lolita, but the point is that that with that on top of the $10 a week I got for an allowance, I saved up I ended up with a lot of video games and even a couple systems I bought on my own. If you're not allowed to get a part time job, just try to save up the best you can and get creative with how you can earn some extra money!

I would also definitely recommend attempting to learn to sew! If you have a parent or relative who likes to sew you can usually trick them into teaching you and they're usually more than willing to buy fabric for you ;). Buy some really cheap practice fabric and learn to master the simple gathered rectangle skirt! Hunt around thrift stores or yard sales for a petti (I found my first couple pettis at yardsales and thrift stores! They were both too long but I cut the top parts off and sewed an elastic in the waist to make them the proper length) and learn to master the art of finding loliable clothes at regular stores and thriftshops.
21st-Jan-2013 05:50 am (UTC)
It's hard when in my country an average job earns roughly one Super Popular Print's price in a month... and you have to live.
21st-Jan-2013 07:47 am (UTC)
When I was in high school, I had a lot of trouble finding a job (I live in a small town :c) but I was crafty and learned to knit and sew. I sold a lot of knitted accessories in school thanks to knitting before classes/during study hall and having people ask for me to make stuff. I also sewed a lot of little things to sell (the most popular thing I sold were yoga mats at the neighborhood Jazzercise class). I made a pretty decent amount of money doing that. Pair that with saving Christmas/birthday money and I think you'll do fine!
21st-Jan-2013 10:48 am (UTC)
There are two things people (other than generous family/friends) will give you money for: goods and services, or more simply put, stuff and (your) time. Sometimes a combination of both.

Since you say you don't have time for a job, that leaves you pretty much with the option of selling stuff. Obviously, to make money from stuff you need to have some money in the first place to get hold of things to sell and then somehow add value to those things, which will invariably mean taking some of your time. I assume you have some sort of allowance from your family that you can use to buy stuff - people have given you good suggestions.

It is, however, far easier with a job because you have guaranteed income for the hours you put in vs. making items/trying to sell items, because they may not sell immediately or even at all.
21st-Jan-2013 11:02 am (UTC)
If you don't mind children I've recommend babysitting or tutoring, they're a quick way to earn some money. Also if you've good at making something perhaps you could look into selling them =D You could also look into helping out at weekend events and holiday time jobs if they're willing to hire a younger person~
21st-Jan-2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
Almost my entire wardrobe was funded by selling random clutter in my house on ebay. I have a part-time job but I have to use that money for other stuff. I think everyone can declutter and find something to sell. Just keep looking up stuff on ebay that you have until you find things that have some current value on there. I sold new/good condition clothes and jewlery I didn't want, and a bunch of my mom's brand and off-brand handbags she didn't want. Even random things like my brother's old pokemon card collection that he didn't want got me $20. Most things I sold in the $2-$25 range, but that eventually adds up.

In high school, a good idea is to find some chore that your parents HATE doing, like for me, fixing the computer or painting the basement. Then offer to do it for a fee, they will be more willing to pay for above and beyond chores.
22nd-Jan-2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
I am a university student and my course has so many contact hours I can only work in summer. I second the lunch money one. Just save money on everything you can. With every purchase ask yourself, do I really need this? Have a massive clear out and sell some old stuff on ebay. Keep change. I have a big pot where I keep all my coppers and silvers and when its full I change it. Its such a little habit to get into and you basically get free money out of it. Also I have a terraumundi money pot where I will put in a few pounds whenever I can, great thing is you have to smash them to get the money out so its not worth doing until its full. Once got about £300 from doing that. However doing all of this along side part time job is the best. I wrote a money saving guide for uni students on my blog but it may have some useful tips for you too? http://japanesemusings.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-balance-of-what-we-want-and.html
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