Where for art thou fashion freaks? I know Los Angeles is full of guys and girls who want to look like a million on a minimum wage salary at best. But that’s pretty tough in most economies and particularly in this one. Still, you don’t need to give up your lust for labels just because times are tight. You just need to know where all the best bargains are hiding.

I can’t speak for Crossroads Trading Co.’s other locations throughout the city, but the West Hollywood shop (8315 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood) is a hotbed of fabulous fashions for guys and girls. Since many of the T.F.B.s (that’s trust fund babies to you and me) tire of their wares after just one season, most of it trickles down ... here.

In the past, I’ve found second hand stuff from designers like Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Laundry by Shelli Segal and even Versace. What’s even better is that all the designer duds I’ve snagged for myself and my fella have never been priced over $50.

The staff only picks and chooses the crème de la crème from the given lot. So you also won’t have to worry about finding your dream blazer or retro tuxedo pants with a huge, gnarly coffee stain on the pocket.

If accessories are your thing – and I know they are – try a membership to bagborroworsteal.com. This site, and others like it, offers rentals of the hottest and most coveted designer bags and sunglasses on the market. Since most of us don’t have the $5,000-$10,000 for a Birkin or the latest Fendi, I think it’s safe to say that clubs like this are a budget fashionista’s mothership.

Here’s how it works: Sign up for a membership (one month for $9.95, three months for $19.95 or one year for $59.95). Membership gets billed in one easy payment. You’re subsequently billed separately for each item you rent. Cost of rentals is contingent upon how expensive your taste is.

Now I’m sure you’ve heard that old adage: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” If so, you might want to adopt it as your personal mission statement and start your own fashion club.

Invite several of your most stylin’ friends to your place and tell each to bring a friend or two who isn’t already on the list. Make sure everyone knows to arrive with a bag or suitcase of clothes that either doesn’t fit anymore or is filled with last season’s offerings that they have no intention of keeping or wearing ever again.

After serving snacks and mingling, let the trading commence. Not only is this a great way to meet people, but you can also pick up some nice items as well. Keep in mind, however, that not all ladies are a size zero and not all guys are built like Mario Lopez. So make sure everyone’s body type is well-represented.

Finally, from the good people at FIDM there is the FIDM Scholarship Store (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, 919 S. Grand Ave. at 9th St., Los Angeles). This shop is open to the public and carries clothing and accessories donated by over 400 top fashion houses as well as renowned style publications – many of which employ the school’s talented alumni.

Aside from getting your hot little hands on clothes that won’t be seen on the backs of every third person everywhere you go, you’ll be helping out the guys and girls on scholarship at the school by contributing to their education and work-study program. All of the items are also sold at extremely affordable prices.