Friday, December 15, 2017

How to Start Your Own Sewing Business And Fill a Wide Open Niche!

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With the economy and rising prices, most everyone is looking for a way to make some extra cash nowadays. Some people who are frustrated with "lining other people's pockets" yearn to start their own business. While others who have been "downsized" or laid off are searching for a job period.

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Of course, the most successful businesses fill a niche. That is, they provide a particular product or service that customers want or need. My friend Becky found a money-making niche when she started her own sewing business. Becky started out by sewing clothing for her daughters and herself. She also repaired their clothes and fixed and patched her husband's attire. Her husband worked a full-time job, but Becky found their finances strained, especially when he was laid off.


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So, she put the word out to her family and friends that she was now doing sewing repairs and alterations for hire. Did the work come? You bet it did! She was immediately hired to replace broken zippers, hem up pants, skirts, and dresses, sew up holes in pockets, reattach buttons and snaps, and more. Because Jean is a skeptic, she wondered if her business would amount to much. To her amazement, she got more and more work just by "word of mouth" advertising.
I wasn't surprised by her success. In a world where both the husband and wife have to work full-time jobs just to make ends meet, who has time to make needed repairs on the family's clothing? And if one has the time, not all women have the ability to sew.


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As Jean's business took off, I advised her, as a business owner myself, to give her company a name and apply for a business license. She also needed to find out if her workplace had to be zoned for business. As for the bookkeeping and tax ends of her business, Jean took my advice. She opted to let an accountant handle all that for her.
I f you're handy when it comes to sewing, and you're looking to earn some extra cash, you can start your own business right out of your home as well. The start-up costs are minimal, especially if you already own a sewing machine and some basic supplies. Don't worry if you don't have a sewing machine. You can pick up a good-used model for a couple hundred bucks. Check the classified section of your local newspaper. Or, check out some of the online auctions to see what you can find there.


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You'll have to set up a price list and an hourly rate right from the start. You can charge a fixed amount for zippers - X amount per inch is the usual cost- and other repairs. But you'll need to establish an hourly rate for large jobs like sewing a wedding dress, etcetera.
You may choose to take on all types of sewing jobs like Jean did, or, you may decide to specialize in one or two areas. For example, instead of doing repairs, you may choose to make clothes for your customers. Maybe you'll decide to focus on sewing wedding dresses. Or maybe you prefer to make kids' clothing. Since you're the boss of your own business, the choice is yours!


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Although sewing clothing is where the big money is at, you may also choose to make curtains, decorative pillows, cloth dolls, and other items using your sewing machine.
To help your fledgling business gain customers, besides using the "word of mouth" method of advertising, you can also use another type of free advertising. Start out by composing an ad on your computer. Then, print several copies out. Tack these ads up on bulletin boards at your post office, local grocery store, Laundromat, fabric stores, at styling salons, and anywhere else you can find!

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You can also print up your own business cards on your computer and distribute them to the public as well. Kassidy Emmerson.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Best Parental Control Apps for iPhone

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If you are a parent and you have given your child an iPhone, you've no doubt worried about their safety. Whether you worry about who their talking with or what they have been browsing on the Internet, there's plenty to be concerned about.
However, with the right apps you can worry a whole lot less.
There are plenty of apps available for the iPhone that can help you monitor your child's activity and even limit them from using their iPhones during certain hours or to keep them from viewing unwanted websites.
In this article, I will list the four best parental control apps for iPhone.



Mobicip Safe Browser 

If you want a safe web browser for your child to use that will give you control over what they can and cannot see on the Internet then Mobicip's Safe Browser is a great choice.
Mobicip Safe Browser has a plethora of handy features you can take advantage of. You can filter certain YouTube videos from showing, monitor your child's web browsing history remotely, create your own Internet filter, and much more.
Best of all, Mobicip Safe Browser is designed to behave as similar to Safari as possible, this way your child still has access to a full-featured web browser instead of a watered down one that so many other safe web browsers offer.

AVG Family Safety 

You may have already heard of AVG from some of their other products such as their anti-virus software. AVG Family Safety is their foray into iPhone parental controls.
With AVG Family Safety you can easily view your child's web browser history, block certain social networking sites or block social networking altogether, create a custom list of blocked websites, and even monitor the internet usage for multiple users on the same iPhone.


Norton Family 

Norton Family is a companion app for parents that already have a Norton Family account, giving you more control over your child's iPhone.
The Norton Family companion app will allow you to block websites, view your child's browsing history, view any information your child shares online, see what your child is searching for online, and it will even send you alerts when your child does something they're not supposed to.



AppCertain 

While the previous apps have focused on keeping your child safe from online threats and monitoring web browser usage, AppCertain will give you more control of the apps your child uses.

AppCertain will let you see what apps your child installs by sending you a report of each app to your email, and allows you to block access to certain ones. There is also a "curfew mode" makes it so your child doesn't have access to any non-essential iPhone apps, fundamentally blocking access to 3rd-party apps. Thanks to Marie Williams for the ideeas! 
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tips for Reducing the Energy Used by a Clothes Dryer

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      Here are some easy to use tips for reducing the energy used by a clothes dryer. Whether your dryer is electric or gas, there are things that you can do to make certain that the dryer is running as efficiently as possible.

              Use Sensor Settings

To avoid running the dryer unnecessarily, use your dryer on the moisture sensor setting which will stop the dryer when the clothes are dry. Using a timed setting can result in the dryer running after the clothes are dry which will result in a higher energy bill due to the additional dryer running time.

Clean Lint Filter

The simplest step to make certain that you dryer is running efficiently is to clean the lint filter before each use. Failing to clean the filter will restrict air movement through the dryer, causing the dryer to take longer to dry the clothes and using more energy.If the lint filter is damaged, replace the filter with an appropriate replacement. Failing to replace a defective filter will result in a large amount of lint going into the vent hose which can cause clogs. These clogs will not only cause the dryer to work inefficiently and increase your energy bill, but the clogs can cause a fire hazard.

Clean Lint Trap

At least once a month, use a brush and / or a vacuum to remove excess line in the lint trap. Use a soft brush to clean the lint filter at this time as well. Small amounts of lint and dryer sheet residue will buildup on the filter over time, restricting air flow and causing the filter to clog with lint more quickly.

Check the Hose

The dryer vents the air from the dryer to the outside of your home through a hose. This hose can become clogged or crushed restricting air flow. To maximize the energy efficiency of your dryer, make certain that the hose is in good condition and periodically remove the hose and clean it free of lint. Check the vent of the outside of your home to remove accumulated lint which can also restrict air movement from the dryer.

Skip the Dryer


Whenever practical, air drying clothes on a line is the best way to dry clothes from an energy perspective. Clothes line is inexpensive and can be purchased at hardware stores and other retailers. Lines can be placed inside or outside to dry clothes. J. Motes
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tide To Go Stain Remover For Coloured Clothes


              Tide To Go is a great product for on-the-go stains in your daily life. Any busy mom will love tucking the Tide To Go laundry pen in her purse. Not only will TideTo Go work on those spatters of ketchup from the fry your preschooler was wielding like a magic wand, but it'll work on your own dribbles from salsa and sodas.

How to use Tide To Go?
Follow the instructions. Press the pen in to release some of the product onto the stain. Rub Tide To Go into the stain to make it work. Depending on the stain, the mark should lighten or completely disappear.

Where can I find Tide To Go?
You can find the Tide To go laundry pen in the laundry detergent section of your grocery store or discount chain store such as Target or Wal-Mart. You also may be able to find it in quickie-marts at gas stations.

How much does Tide To Go Cost?
The laundry pen costs a few dollars and is very affordable. Consider buying the Tide To Go laundry pen for each purse, one for your car and one for your desk at work.

What I like about Tide To Go:
Surprisingly, it actually works on most stains, if you get to them quickly. Salsa, ketchup, soda and creamy salad dressings disappear quickly.
Tide To Go is about the size of a pen, so it fits easily into a purse, glove compartment and desk drawer.
It's safe to use on kid's clothes. However, it is an eye irritant and should be kept out of the reach of children.
The top fits snugly, so the product shouldn't leak all over your purse.
It works almost every color-fast fabric, including dry cleanable fabrics.

            What I don't like about Tide To Go:
It leaves a big wet spot until it dries. And unlike the commercials, waving a piece of paper at it will not cause it to dry; it takes about ten to fifteen minutes to dry.
Tide To Go doesn't work on everything, particularly grease stains. However, it does lighten these stains, so you might be able to fake having stain-free clothes.
It doesn't work as well on stains that are a couple of hours old. You have to get to the stains fast for Tide To Go work.

            Overall Recommendation of Tide To Go:

            This is a great product for quick, on the go stains. The size of the pen makes it great for carrying every where you go. Credits for this recomendations go to Teri Halvorsen.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Free Toddler Dress Knitting Patterns

     
Amoin Kids Toddlers Girls Princess Party Flower Solid Lace Formal Dress     

Knitting Patterns for Toddler Dresses

Knitting items for your loved ones is a great way to give really personalized and cute gifts. There are many things you can knit besides just a scarf. Here are some free toddler dress knitting patterns that you are sure to enjoy making.

Palarn Lovely Toddler Baby Girls Long Sleeve Knitted Bow Tutu Princess Dress

Free Toddler Dress Knitting Pattern #1- Abbey Child's Dress

This dress is a simple little dress that is almost smock like. The little pockets on the front and flowers by the neckline really make it adorable. This skill level for this free knitting pattern is intermediate, but if you are a brave beginner you can give it a try. The directions are very detailed and should be pretty easy to follow.

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Free Toddler Dress Knitting Pattern #2- Baby/Toddler Sweater Dress

This dress will make you want to walk away from your computer and pick up your needles immediately. The best part is that that pattern looks pretty easy to follow. You could do a few of these in different colors and your little one will want to wear this cute little dress every day.
The pattern is available to be downloaded for free in a PDF file which is an added bonus. There is a cute picture for you to see what this little sweater dress will look like.

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Free Toddler Dress Knitting Pattern #3- Bliss Dress

I can already see my little one wearing this cute little dress at Easter. There are great pictures that zoom in on the different parts of the dress so you can really see what it will look like when completed. The directions for this knitting pattern are very detailed and should be pretty easy to follow.
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Free Toddler Dress Knitting Pattern #4- Elenka Summer Dress

Summer dresses are really fun for little girls to wear and enjoy and this little knitted dress would be really cute for a photo shoot or for a day at the park. This dress is made by using circular needles so you don't have to worry about too many seams.
The only seams are on the shoulders. It should be pretty easy to adjust the size of this dress since there are so few seams. There are a few lovely pictures for you to see how this dress will look when you are finished with it.
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Free Toddler Dress Knitting Pattern #5- Knitted Kid's Dress

I can already see my daughter wearing this dress with some cute little tights under it. The directions say that you can knit this dress in 60 minutes; of course you might want to add some time to that if you will also be chasing your little one around while trying to knit.
The directions for this free knitting pattern are very detailed and explained very well. It does not say what the skill level for this pattern is, but it appears to be intermediate.
These are five free toddler dress knitting patterns that will be fun to make and have your little one dressed in style. You could even knit matching dresses for sisters. Ellen Burford 

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Top Online Sources for Discount China

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Who doesn't love a beautiful set of China? It's just that the prices are normally a lot higher than what one would prefer to pay. Well now there are several top online sources for discount china. Some of the top lines including Lenox, Oneida, Gorham, Waterford and more are available are many of the top online sources for discount China.

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If you are a lover of fine China, but don't want to pay retail for it, there are several top online sources for discount china. One such source is Place Settings.com who carries a large selection of high-end china. Offering such names as Lenox, Picard, Royal Doulton, Vera Wang, Villeroy & Boch, and even Blue Italian by Spode. Pretty much any brand you might be interested in is available on Place Settings.com at an excellent discounted rate. The online store offers promotional specials, and for customer convenience offers silver and crystal as well. In addition to their wonderful selection, promotions, and discount prices, they also offer a bridal registry service. For more information on one of the top online sources for discount china visit the Web site for PlaceSettings.com today.

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The nest of the top online sources for discount china is American Discount China.com offering top of the line fine china, and ceramic ware. American Discount has an impressive selection of fine Bone China in exquisite designs such as Empress and Coral (visit the Web site) that truly express the meaning of "presentation is everything," in Culinary Arts. It's hard to go wrong with the China offered on this site. Excellent discounts are offered and in addition they offer tips on china care for those who are not used to caring for their own china. For really unique pieces they offer a selection of samples, custom designs, specialty items as well as a link to their specials. For more information on one of the top online sources for discount china visit the Web site for AmericanDiscountChina.com today.

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Dinner Ware Depot is the next of the top online sources for china offering excellent discounts on beautiful high-end china. Choose from lines such as Portmeirion, Tracy Porter, Wedgwood, Lenox, Versace, Spode and more. You will have many choices for formal china, casual china, and other dinnerware as well. Dinner Ware Depot is a very versatile site offering nice giftware, glassware, flatware and more. Most importantly their wide selection, and many brands of the finest china available at an excellent price is what makes them one of the top online sources for china. For more information visit the Web site today for DinnerWareDepot.com. Thanks to Lola Inez for these ideeas.
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Interview Mistakes: Think Positive for that First Impression

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Avoid making these mistakes at an interview:

NOT LOOKING YOUR BEST
*Always be prepared, get plenty of rest.... because you don't want to show the employer a lack of interest while sitting there, you don't want to just seem perky, but look energetic.

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NOT ARRIVING AT A TIMELY MANNER
*Be aware of what the employer would expect by showing up on time and arrive at least (15) minutes prior your appointed interview, should you need to gasp a breathe or give a greeting to the reception.

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NOT BEING PREPARED FOR AN INTERVIEW 
*Carry on your best of gathered information about the place your seeking employment and certainly your most updated resume. (a couple of copies of your resume' printed out with a cover letter for show)

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*Do greet the employer with a hand shake and look focused.

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*Pertain to questions that give the employer and idea just who he/she is about to hire.(by not leading that person to speak of all the criteria of the placement).
*Leave the office with a smile say, "Thank-You"... for your time and I look forward to meeting with you again".(this gives the employer something to think about should you be a better candidate compared to your competition).

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DON'T' FORGET TO FOLLOW-UP YOUR INTERVIEW WITH A THANK-YOU RESPONSE  (email are postal send)
* Looks are important as well as apparel, so wear that professional appeal (business suit of a jacket, pants and a tie, also skirts/dresses for ladies and not just as if you are going out to waste time and effort). Cyndys Cozy Corner

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mini-Guide for Girls: How to Buy an Used Laptop

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Looking to pick up a new laptop? Not wanting to spend a small fortune on said laptop? If this is the case, you may consider picking up a pre-owned laptop instead of plunking down a ton of cash for a brand new one. Not unlike automobiles, laptop computers depreciate quickly after being purchased. If you're willing to accept a little risk in buying used and don't need the very latest in performance, buying a used laptop can be a great way to grab a fantastic deal. Interested? Here are some tips to help you snag that spectacular deal!

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For what will you be using the laptop?

This is very important. Knowing what you'll be using the laptop for can help you determine how much you'll need to spend. If you don't know what you'll be needing the laptop for, you won't be able to save any money in the purchase. Try to be honest with yourself about what you'll be doing with this computer. If you just need something to check your e-mail, write and browse the internet, then obviously you won't be needing the most powerful machine available. However, if you'll be needing to use the laptop for more high end graphics rendering and development, then it'd be wise to spring for something more powerful.

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Learn the prices.

Now that you've determined what you'll be doing with this laptop, it's time to learn about the pricing. Start by looking at particular models. Take note of what features are generally available at the various price points. After studying the prices for a bit, you'll get a more informed idea of what to expect, and thus be able to more readily recognize a bargain. By putting in some time and a little work, you'll end up saving in the end.

Use the internet to your advantage.

To many this may seem an obvious point. Make sure to exploit every resource available to you online. Ebay, craigslist and countless other wholesale and used electronics outlets are available to explore on the internet. The more of these you check out, the better your chances of finding that great money saving deal.

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Consider upgrading.

Let's say you've found what looks like an incredible deal on a laptop, but there's one key component missing. In such a case, you should consider the cost of upgrading that component into the final cost. Oftentimes, even with this upgrade, the deal remains a steal, and you still save alot of money. You'll find that often an upgrade isn't nearly as expensive as you might have expected.


Quality, quality, quality.

Buying a quality item is important in many purchasing decisions you'll make, and it remains equally important when buying a used laptop. Quality laptops last longer, encounter fewer problems throughout their useful lifespan, and generally cause less hassles than bargain basement junk. Spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on a laptop can be risky, used or new, so making sure you're purchasing a quality piece of equipment helps to mitigate this risk. Research the brands and models you're considering by reading customer reviews and reviews written by professionals in the field. The time you take to make sure you're purchasing quality will pay off big dividends in the end.

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Good luck in your pursuit of a deal on a used laptop. With these hints and tips in hand, and a little time and legwork, you'll come out with a quality laptop to meet your needs and will have saved a bit of hard earned money in the process. Johnny Eye.
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How to Makeover Your Little Black Dress

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     The little black dress is hanging in nearly every woman's closet because it is so versatile; it can be worn day or night, for casual or formal occasions, and in any season. The problem with such a simple, versatile little black dress is how to make it look different each time it's worn. Here are a few tips on how to make your little black dress even more versatile.

How to Makeover Your Little Black Dress: Accessorize
Not enough can be said about accessorizing where the little black dress is concerned; an accessory can entirely make the outfit and too many people think that the outfit stops with the dress.
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Try switching up purses, adding a colorful belt, necklace or scarf to your little black dress to spice it up, or perhaps a hat; wide brimmed sun hats are quite glamorous for daytime wear with a little black dress.
Don't be afraid to experiment here because fearless accessorizing can lead to the very best ensembles. Try mixing styles to create an eclectic look; perhaps pair an 80's cuff bracelet with your classic little black dress, or a boho chic handbag.

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How to Makeover Your Little Black Dress: Color
Color should be used sparingly with the little black dress so as not to dilute it, but if done right, a splash of color can entirely change the dress. Try adding a pair of red pumps, a red boho chic bag or classic clutch, or a red ruby necklace, or go eccentric and try a canary yellow silk scarf with your little black dress.
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How to Makeover Your Little Black Dress: Layer
Don't forget about the option of layering; depending on the season and particular style of your dress, you could layer a lace shawl, a plush pashmina, or a blazer over your little black dress to create different looks.

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How to Makeover Your Little Black Dress: Shoes
Some people think of shoes as accessories, but they really are kind of in a category of their own. There is so much you can do with shoes to give variety to the little black dress.
Depending on your other accessories and colors, you could play up the shoes wearing an eye catching red or play them down with a mute taupe or beige shade; you could go heel or flat. If you typically where your little black dress with a beige princess heel, try a peek-a-boo toe red heel. Try what you've never tried before.

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How to Makeover Your Little Black Dress: Conclusion
Just think outside the box the next time you put on your little black dress; there's no need to run out and buy a new little black dress for every occasion when you can just spice up the one you already have with items in your closet.

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Please also look for my two coming articles on how to dress up your little black dress and how to dress down your little black dress; each of these articles go into a little more detail as to how to accomplish each look. Thank you, Alexandra Morgan! 

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

How to Find Plus Size Punk Clothes

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It's been my experience, as a plus sized girl, that plus size punk clothes are nearly impossible to find at a reasonable price. In this article, I'll show you how to acquire plus size punk clothes easily and inexpensively.
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Sure, we can shop at Hot Topic or Torrid, but on my income that equates to a clearance top every month or so. Of course, the most punk thing to do is make your plus size punk clothes on your own. This is not always easy and if you aren't good with your hands may prove overwhelming.
Banned Plus Black Lace Steampunk Victorian Alchemy Gothic Corset Blouse Top


Online Auctions for Finding Plus Size Punk Clothes
Ebay and Etsy will become your best friend fr finding plus size punk clothes. For my summer wardrobe, I was able to buy four plus size punk mini-skirts, an awesome plus size punk dress made by Torrid, three pairs of Bermuda shorts and countless punk t-shirts for about $100. At Torrid or Hot Topic, that might buy you a pair of jeans.
Ebay constantly has a barrage of plus size punk clothes and they're cheap - fractions of the cost of regular retail stores. There are even a few sellers who make unique plus size punk clothes and offer them at very reasonable prices. Of course, I would recommend looking for original pieces first. Support the little guys!

CharMma Women's Plus Size Butterfly Print Pullover Kangaroo Hoodie Sweatshirt

Etsy is another great auction source for plus size punk clothes. However, they can sometimes be pricey. I've found amazing deals there but you have to dig and keep coming back.

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Punk or not?
Also, when looking on Ebay, remember to search for things that aren't necessarily punk by themselves but can be converted into great plus size punk clothes.
An example is two pair of Jones NY shorts I bought for about $10. These were advertised as women's Bermuda shorts but I could definitely see the punk potential here. They are long shorts that I sewed a patch onto and wear them with a pair of converse low-tops and a band tee.
Women's Plus Size Punk Style Eagle Letters Short Sleeve Print Loose T-Shirt Dress

As plus size punks, we have to get creative. Take a regular jean jacket from a thrift store that you can normally buy for under $5, add patches and studs and voila! It's an instant and cheap plus size punk jacket! Look for items that you can make your own.

Thrift Stores for Plus Size Punk Clothes
Another great resource for plus size punk clothes is your neighborhood thrift store. Granted, you probably won't be able to find many items that are usable as-is. But, I've got some tips for making plus size thrift store finds a little more punk (and interesting).
Look in the men's slacks section. Find men's old Dickies work pants that fit your waist and cut them off to make shorts. Don't worry about cutting them evenly or hemming. Ha! You're supposed to be a punk! Chop those legs off and wear them! Let them fray; add patches, studs, zippers, etc. to make your own unique, plus size punk clothes.
Biker Women's Sexy Slashed Cut-Out Gothic Punk Pinup Top ~ Black

Find a plaid skirt that fits your waist and cut it up; add zippers, d-rings, straps and studs. Anything can be modified easily with a little creativity and before you know it you'll have tons of plus size punk clothes.
Thrift stores are excellent places to find t-shirts. If you like the logo or picture, buy it! It doesn't matter if it doesn't fit. You can cut out the logo and sew or pin it onto a solid color t-shirt you have that does fit.

Other Ways with T-shirts
There are many things you can do with t-shirts to expand your plus size punk clothes collection. You can buy them too large and resize them. When I go thrift store shopping, I buy every t-shirt I like then resize them to fit if they're too large.
If you have a sewing machine, this isn't very difficult. I've listed a site in the resources section that will show you exactly how to do it.
Spray Paint! That's right; spray paint is a great tool for making t-shirts for your plus size punk clothes collection. Buy or make some letter stencils and spray paint your favorite quote or band name onto a solid color t-shirt. This can also be useful for jackets, bum flaps, etc, and it costs pennies!
Use online auctions for buying your base pieces, a few shorts or skirts and dresses. Then hit up thrift stores for items you can modify into plus size punk clothes. Not only is this more ethical than shopping at Hot Topic, it's also easier on the wallet. Plus, you'll have your own one-of-a kind plus size punk clothes! W.S. 
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