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notice • bargains • trying
second • vintage
  1. This is the best time of the year to look for .
  2. Did you that she got a new car?
  3. I have been on jeans all day, but I haven't found a single pair that I like.
  4. I had two older sisters, so most of what I wore as a kid was hand.
  5. shopping is fun, because everything you buy is unique.
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#507 Shopping

Akane explains her shopping style.

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Thanks for noticing.

When you notice something you see or recognize it. We frequently use this verb to talk about changes in people or places.  Notice the following:

  1. I noticed that she had gotten her hair cut immediately.
  2. Did you notice the earrings she was wearing?


I like to look for bargains.

A bargain is a sale, a discount or a good price on something that you buy. A 'bargain shopper' is a person who looks for very good prices on items.  Notice the following:

  1. We shop for bargains and never buy things full price.
  2. A pound of tomatoes for 20 cents? That's a bargain!!

try on

Do you normally try clothes on before you buy them?

To 'try on' clothes is to put them on in the store before you buy them.  You do this to make sure they are the correct size and look good on your body.  We use this verb for clothes and shoes. Notice the following:

  1. She hates trying on pants because it is a long process to find a pair that she likes.
  2. I tried the shoes on, but i didn't look at the price first. Too expensive!!!

second hand

Do you ever buy clothes which are second hand?

A second hand item that has been owned and used by another person before you. This can be clothes, shoes, furniture, etc.  People buy second hand items because they are cheaper.  Notice the following:

  1. The bike isn't new; I bought it second hand.
  2. Sometimes clothes in the second hand stores are really beautiful.


I used to be really into vintage clothes when I was younger.

Something vintage is a used item (usually clothes, shoes or furniture) that has become stylish again.  These items are usually older than second hand items.  Notice the following:

  1. He has a vintage convertible that he only drives in the summer.
  2. I found my favorite sweater at a vintage shop.


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