I have always been a bargain hunter. I like to hunt for things and get satisfaction from not paying full price! Some people might be grossed out at buying used clothes…not me, as long as I can run them through the wash before my kids wear them I am totally fine with that! As my girls get older and styles change it has become a challenge to find age appropriate clothing for my little ladies.
This year I decided that back to school clothes shopping is going to be done at thrift stores or really good clearance sales. Although it takes more time to find a bargain (because you have to search through lots of racks), when you find name brands for 5 dollars and under it’s worth it!
Depending on where you shop thrifted items will be cheap cheap (Salvation Army or Goodwill) or just cheap (local kids consignment stores). End of season clearance racks are also a good option…these items I buy ahead for the next year. This method takes a little organization because often you are buying a size up and the items need to be stored. But well worth the extra time it I think! The biggest benefit of shopping consignment for kids is that the clothes are already washed and dried so you know that its not going to shrink. Nothing worse than buying new clothes and shrinking them.
A few clothes hunting tips:
1. Give the item you are considering a thorough look over. You don’t want stains, broken zippers, missing buttons, etc…
2. Make sure these items are true to size… as I said before these items are often pre-shrunk so a size 8 might fit like a 7.
3. Be careful with shoes. My rule is if you can’t throw them in the wash then don’t buy them!!
4. Look for name brands, they hold up better, especially if you want to pass down to multiple kids.
5. Take a sniff (nasty I know) to make sure they don’t smell like cigarette smoke.
6. Pet hair is also a no no…
So here are a few articles of clothing I have picked up for the girls at Goodwill, Salvation Army, and consignment shops in my area. I paired these items with clothes they already had (either bought on clearance or gifted).
Gymboree Skirt Consignment Shop $3.99
GAP Skirt Consignment Shop $4.99
Land’s End Skirt Salvation Army $3.00
Mini Boden Skirt Consignment Shop $4.99
Converse Sneakers Yard Sale $3.00
GAP Sleeveless Sweater Consignment Shop $4.99
P.S. I really want to steal this for myself by the way. 🙂
I have better luck finding skirts and pants than shirts and tops. Shirts often show more wear, but not always…
North Face Jacket Salvation Army $4.99
This little gem was my best find ever for the price (considering what it costs retail) and both my girls will wear it yay!!
I hope these tips are helpful as you head out for back to school shopping…I am in denial that summer is almost over. Time flies!
Happy Bargain Hunting!!!