Making the most of fall

Originally published in the Salem News
Posted: Friday, September 25, 2015 6:15 pm

Wondering where your summer went? Not ready to pack away the sandals and leave the lazy, sweltering days of summer behind? In many parts of the country, it probably doesn’t feel like it when you step outside, but fall is officially in full swing. A time of notably cooler days and shorter nights, the season has way more to offer than falling leaves. Check out these ways to beat that awful (and quite real) autumn anxiety.

1. Football – Whether you find yourself cheering on the Friday night frenzy, rooting for your alma mater on Saturdays or sticking close to the couch on Sunday nights, the fall season is synonymous with football fever. Millions of Americans find themselves celebrating one of the country’s premiere sports, even if it’s at a pee-wee league game at a local field. With so many teams, both collegiate and pro, playing through the fall, technology and apps like ESPN College Football and NFL Mobile allow you to carry the latest stats and gridiron action with you on your mobile device while you tailgate anywhere in the world.

MAS_STR_ThriftyThusday_Sarah Lloyd_Oct2014_400x5332. The Clothing– The kickoff to “sweater weather” in most of the U.S., fall gives men and women alike the opportunity to revaluate and reconfigure their wardrobes. Use this time of year to not only build an arsenal that will help you brave the winter chill, but also one that’s free of things you can no longer fit or have no use for…including those well-worn summer clothes. Long-trusted entities like Goodwill and Salvation Army will pick up these items from homes in most areas, but other local shelters and nonprofits are good donation options as well. For specialty items and those you prefer to sell, online thrift and consignments shops like threadUP and Gone-Tomorrow are a great way to get those items off your hands and out of drawers while giving you some cash to sock away. Who knows? Getting rid of a few guyabera shirts or maxi dresses may just be the perfect way to free up some hanging space for a new jacket or coat.

For the rest of Brandon Vaughn’s excellent article, CLICK HERE.

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