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As the economy heads south, local shoppers seek alternative ways to add to their closets

Look into the closet; stare at the selection; try on several combinations; groan in dissatisfaction. This cycle is one that often leads people straight to the nearest clothing store, but with the current financial crisis, this fashion-finding dilemma is forcing shoppers to find alternative methods for acquiring new looks. While advertisements for going-out-of-business sales cover the windows of local clothing boutiques including Beanie June and Fly, the low prices of vintage and thrift stores are attracting new customers every day.