Don't buy anything that's not on sale. It sounds like a lofty shopping goal, but it's Alexis Goslee's mantra.

Don't buy anything that's not on sale.

It sounds like a lofty shopping goal, but it's Alexis Goslee's mantra. And for a recent high-school grad who loves shopping, it's one her parents probably appreciate.

She sticks to it by thrifting often, getting her hands on hand-me-downs and altering anything that doesn't fit. Like the authentic '80s dress she found in her friend's basement and wore to prom.

"We were playing dress-up ... and I pulled out her mom's old prom dress," said Goslee, who graduated from Pickerington High School North in the spring.

Her mom and "Mammaw" (grandma), who pitch in on a lot of her alterations, helped her turn the too-tight bodice into a lace-up style, and Goslee pushed the poofy pink dress' fabric down over her shoulders to top off the throwback look.

In another, more casual case, she took a little girl's jumper, removed the crotch and now wears it as a shirt.

"Anything I can find that I can make fit me or make cute somehow, I do it," she said, explaining how different her wardrobe is from what her Hollister-loving friends wear. "I don't mind standing out. I have red hair, so I just go full-throttle."

Flowers and lace are her favorites - and luckily, they're usually found in abundance at thrift stores. She also loves Anthropologie and random Short North boutiques, and says the fun thing about shopping at more upscale stores is searching for the deal.

"Even at Anthropologie - and that stuff goes for $300 all the time - if you wait and you watch things, you can get it for $50, always," she said. "I just think it's much more fun to do it that way."


The outfit

Dress: From Red Planet X. "It's got shoulder pads in it. I thought it was fun."

Bag: A Short North boutique - she can't remember which

Earrings and necklace: From her Mammaw

Ring: From a garage sale. "50 cents."

Charm bracelet: Forever 21

Red bracelet: From her Mammaw

Shoes: From DSW's clearance section to match a homecoming dress