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Buffalo Exchange is a national thrift chain that mainly sells modern, designer-brand and trendy clothes for about half the original price. Shoppers can also try selling their old clothes back, garnering better sales if the clothes are in-season and in good condition. The stores vary widely from each other, with some offering better deals than others, but the Dallas spot is a winner. It's easy to get lost for hours shopping in the Greenville location. High-end designer brands are available, not exactly for cheap, but much cheaper than they were new, and the store carries plenty of trendy clothes that are actually dirt cheap — think Forever 21, but on sale. All of these clothes are geared for younger people on various budgets, and that's what makes the store such a fun, friendly place to shop. On Saturdays and Sundays, the friendly hang-out is crowded with shoppers in their 20s and 30s and salespeople who aren't shy about making conversation on topics that have nothing to do with retail.

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The restaurants of the Bishop Arts District earned it a reputation as a hotspot, but that's no reason to overlook the shops that fill many of the Oak Cliff neighborhood's storefronts. Nearly every store lining Bishop Avenue and 7th Street is at least worth peering into from the sidewalk. But if your wardrobe needs refreshing, you'll want to pop into Strut. The selection isn't huge, but the prices are right and they've got both the staples and the trends, from casual blouses and sleeveless tops to numbers perfect for a night out.

Someone keeps telling us that sewing is not a talent; it's a skill that's learned with lots of practice. We hope that's true, because it's becoming pretty clear that we were not blessed with an innate ability to load a bobbin or sew a straight line. And man, we need to know how to sew — clothes aren't made to hold up forever anymore and if we could fix the shoulder seam on that Forever 21 blouse on the fly, we'd be so ahead of the game. Michelle Kitto's Urban Spools wants to get us there — it's a veritable wonderland for beginner sewers, perfect for the under-confident newbie. Not only is there a range of classes for every skill level, but Kitto offers monthly "Sew"-cials, where those of us struggling to complete projects or thread needles can bring our machines and enlist the assistance of sewing pros and their seam rippers. One day, we'll spread our seamstress wings and fly, but for now, we'll take the help. Check the online calendar to RSVP or drop in and check out the inspiring collection of fabric and patterns always in stock.

Have you ever found yourself out for a night on the town hating the outfit you squeezed into on your way out the door? Or maybe your little black dress just isn't as exciting as the night ahead of you. Elluments is the perfect store for a costume change. Grab some jewelry or a sequin jacket and head out for the evening, with just a little more sparkle than when you started.

Sure, there are plenty of nail salons in town, and while most of them will get your nails looking their best, Castle Nail Spa in Mockingbird Station takes your manicure experience to the next level. The spa is perfect if you're looking for a basic mani-pedi or want to indulge in a full-blown spa treatment. There are so many treatments to choose from your classic manicure ($15), to full acrylic sets ($30). Pick from hundreds of nail polish colors, and if you're lucky you'll receive a brief complimentary shoulder rub at the end of your session. Oh, and there's free wine.

We never thought that we'd be able go a full seven days without washing our hair — well, not since that Ani DiFranco dreadlock phase in college, anyway. But it's happened a lot lately, saving us untold amounts of time and energy — and nobody's been the wiser. In fact, thanks to Pouf, our 'do gets more compliments than ever. The dedicated stylists there scrub your scalp, massage your head and neck, then give you a choice of several styles before they turn on the hair dryer and work their magic. The results: shiny, smooth and perfect hair that lasts for days with just a squirt or two of dry shampoo along the way. The locally owned salon specializes in blowouts, and they've got the service down pat. But what really sets Pouf apart from other blow-dry joints is their attention to detail: complimentary beverages served with twee striped paper straws; retro décor; easy online booking; and stylists who don't treat you like the next part on the assembly line. Pricing is super reasonable, too, with discounts for services Mondays through Wednesdays.

We all know that furniture shopping can be expensive, especially when seeking out the latest trends. The mid-century look is so hot right now, but you'll spend a pretty penny to re-create the look for your home. So, instead of shelling out $5,000 for that vintage-looking dining table, why not pay a fraction of that for the real thing? The Salvation Army Family Store is always stocked full of furniture, some of which is shaggy, but there's also the occasional chic piece. While it can be hit-or-miss, chances are if you frequent the second-hand shop enough, you'll find the perfect piece for your home.

One of these days, we're going to show up at Life of Riley — Deep Ellum's fantastic interior design spot — with a suitcase and just live there. And not because it's so close to Pecan Lodge. Well, not entirely because of that. Mostly, we just want to stay in the homey, gleefully curated space surrounded by old-school maps on the walls and the store's signature scent — a zesty mix of frankincense, myrrh, Indonesian teak and spice available in the form of locally poured candles. Owners Billy Milner and Jerod Dame have stocked the Main Street spot with quirky trinkets, timeless furniture and lush decor that would live out a lifetime in our homes. On a recent visit, we spotted houndstooth upholstered chairs out of a mid-century dream, glass lamps with vintage contours we're still salivating over and an antique wooden toy train that we had to restrain ourselves from taking for a spin. Bottom line: We want it all.

Five full-time experienced framers on staff handle framing jobs from $25 to $2,000, mostly in the $50 to $150 range, with most jobs completed within three days, a maximum of seven days for the most challenging work. Their ample staff allows Art Frame Expo to specialize in emergency rush jobs. In several visits they have always been open to whatever modification the customer wanted done, including some to get the work done cheaper. In one case they agreed to salvage an old frame that a lot of frame shops wouldn't have messed with. Obviously getting it framed by professionals costs more than doing it yourself, but at least the difference is plain to see when you get it done here.

This gigantic thrift-store-slash-antique-mall is excellent for perusing wares of all kinds, but the furniture selection is unparalleled. The styles of furniture range from traditional to contemporary, but you'll have the best luck if your style is more mid-century. There are dozens of couches, tables, chairs and knickknacks that will make your space feel exactly like the set of Mad Men. Each booth is run by an individual vendor, which occasionally means that you can do a little haggling.

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