Read this before you go thrifting in MIA!

Shopping is often very personal. You might be a label lover; or maybe in search of that rare vintage Chanel jacket in great condition, or you cannot get excited for anything less than a great bargain. Whatever floats your boat, Miami has it.

If you are looking to stroll in and out of luxury shops and have a budget to go with it, you should consider paying a visit to the Bal Harbour Shops on Collins Ave or Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables. Both malls offer the latest collection by your run-of-the-mill high-end labels like Loro Piana, Chanel and Gucci. Both are open-air malls with restaurants and coffee shops for breaks, however your wallet will probably give up before your legs do.

If you have a more modest budget and still want to have that luxury shopping experience, consider driving up to Fort Lauderdale. The Galleria carries brands that would delight even the most demanding label lover. From Louis Vuitton and BCBG Max Azria to Abercrombie & Fitch and GUESS. As a bonus, the food court serves fresh gourmet pizza and other delicious treats on real plates with real utensils. None of that plastic or Styrofoam. If you prefer the South Beach flair, head to Lincoln Road for the same types of brands. If you hate the open-air mall concept, try Dadeland Mall or Aventura Mall.

If you love labels, but love your wallet more, check out the shops at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise. Sawgrass Mills is nothing like it used to be- an overcrowded outlet mall with cheap, unwanted merchandise. Instead, it offers out-of-season pieces as well as new collections by a wide variety of designer brands at a discount. Get your Burberry scarf, DVF dress or Coach handbag at an affordable price!

If you like the thrill of thrift shopping, Miami is definitely the place to be. Save like a Maxxonista at T.J. Maxx or browse the collection at Marshalls for that ultimate fab found. If you are not in a hurry, pop by Vintage Revenge on Biscayne Boulevard for an interesting chat with the owner. You might even find something you like in her vast collection, ranging from the 1920s to 1990s and priced anywhere between $60 and $3,000!

For those who don’t want to be labelled and have the balls to start their own fashion trend, we recommend hitting the department stores. And we don’t mean Macy’s or Neiman Marcus either. We mean Target, Wal-Mart and Kmart. The bigger the store, the longer the opening hours, the greater the collection, so look for that SuperTarget or BigK in the neighbourhood and try on everything.

After you’re done blowing your money, kick back and relax in Wynwood– a must on any fashionista’s list. Not only will you find great coffee shops and interior design/furniture stores, there are some great thrifting opportunities and art galleries too!

It isn’t our aim to give you an exhaustive list. The above is merely for inspiration. If you like a certain type of restaurant or looking for something specific shopping wise, we would be happy to email you some suggestions. Contact us at info@bacon-and-rags.com.