As a Virginia Native, I certainly had a “nature shock” when I moved to North East Ohio. Ohio does have 4 seasons, however, the winter here is much more “brutal” compared to Virginia. When I first moved to Ohio, I truly didn’t have any real winter gear. Now that I am a mom to 3 kids, with two of them rapidly growing toddlers, that means that I have to supply everyone with proper winter gear.
Some would call me a frugal person———ok——– I would call myself a frugal person. I do like to always have a budget in mind. With having an eye for quality, sometimes, quality and budget aren’t always the same. Thankfully, I am fortunate enough to have extended family to assist with providing clothing for the children, however, I still have to provide for them. For the past 4 years, I have been able to find some very–very good deals at consignment shops. There are some, that have reservations about having “used” clothing, however, I have had a lot of success with my purchases. My two children are prime examples that having “used” items, can look good (for a really great price)
I scored snow pants, winter jackets, and snow boots for both of my toddlers at a fraction of the price.
I was able to snag my daughter’s jacket (North Face) for 15$. Shopping at consignment shops can be intimidating at times, however, I am certainly a believer that you can purchase good quality items (2nd hand clothing) for a really good price.
How to: sell, buy, and/or trade clothing at consignment shops
I typically sort through my children’s clothing every 3-4 months, and set aside items that they have outgrown. Any of my items that have stains, rips, or holes in the clothing will be tossed or re-purposed. My process usually entails bringing a bag of all of my”set aside” used clothing, for the store to “sort” for them to buy and/or trade. Sometimes they can sort through my items right on the spot, other times I will get a “call back” within a few hours to review an offer. Once the store has sorted through all of the used clothing items I brought, they will offer me two different numbers. The first offer will be a “cash-out” option. The other offer is for an “in-store” credit. The in-store credit is typically a lot higher versus the cash-out option. The higher in-store credit is usually an incentive for me to shop there. Since my two toddlers are always growing and changing clothing sizes, I typically choose the in-store credit (essentially trading). If you find a really good consignment shop, they typically offer more items than just clothing. Such as:
- high chairs
- diaper bags
I would say that there are more consignment shops that are focused on children’s clothing versus adult, So I do tend to bargain hunt for myself. These boots, I was able to score for only 25$ at TJ Maxx. They have been surprisingly comfortable, warm, and has helped me survive Ohio’s brutal and slippery winters. My jacket is a North Face, that was gifted to me from my husband several years ago. Another must have to survive the Ohio winter’s are a good hat and scarf. Both Marshall’s and TJ Maxx are definitely my “go-to” stores when I want a good deal.
With everything said, I hope I was able to encourage at least 1 person to shop their local consignment shops, to try to give second-hand clothing another chance. I certainly will confirm that finding good deals at consignment shops is definitely possible. See you again as I try to Make Chaos Graceful.