Part 4: Establishing a Relationship with Local Consignment Stores
For years I was stuck in the mindset of “If my kids are gonna wear it, it has to be new”.
This was before I became a frugal shopper, so you can imagine what that did to our budget. One day while shopping with a friend, she suggested we visit a local consignment store. Not wanting to appear a snob, I (fake) enthusiastically agreed.
What I found changed my thinking forever. The store was well stocked with all sizes of quality like-new kids clothing. My socks were officially knocked off…not only by the selection but by the prices too.
I walked out with a bagful of loot, feeling like someone should be giving me a prize. Or perhaps they would take my picture and put it in the paper. Local Bargain Hunting Rockstar Mom Saves Hundreds on Brand-Name Clothing.
If you’ve never frequented your local consignment store, here are the steps to bargain nirvana.
- Visit All of Them – As with thrift stores, not all consignment stores are created equal. Do some exploring in your area to find the one that fits your needs.
- Bring a List – It’s easy to get swept up in the bargain frenzy and overspend. Come prepared with a list of items you need, along with sizes. And stick to it to protect your budget.
- Sell Your Clothing and Save Even More – Bring your gently used clothing and get paid or receive store credit. Generally the store will price items at 1/3 retail, and you’ll get to keep 40-50% of the asking price. If it doesn’t sell within a specific time period (usually 60 days) it is donated. I am a regular at our store, and the store credit really comes in handy each month!