Designer clothes at consignment store prices? Five shopping tips.

3. Head to the clearance racks

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Heather Mitchell shops for her two-year-old daughter in Beanstalk Consignment in Hingham, Mass., in this November 2008 file photo. One area you don't want to miss is the clearance rack, where prices can be 80 percent below the ticketed price.

A clearance rack in a consignment store? Absolutely. This is where you can score some of your best finds if you're a persistent shopper. When an item is in a consignment store over 90 days, you can save up to 80 percent off the ticketed price.

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