Haven’t tried this before? You’re in for a treat. Here’s what you need to know before going on your first ‘used clothing’ shopping spree, with insights from Whole Natural Life:
Quality isn’t an Issue
There’s this insistent belief that used clothes mean old, worn clothing that could, at the slightest pressure, break apart at the seams. But a lot of thrift stores actually offer used clothes from popular brands that are still in mint condition. Of course, there are worn skirts and shirts out there but it doesn’t mean you have to take them. Sidestep over these, dig right into the bin or racks and you’ll definitely find a winner or two of wonderful kiddie leather jackets and gorgeous vintage finds mixed in with the blah.
It’s sustainable. By buying used clothes, we lessen our impact on the environment, which means less demand for our resources, which, of course, is great news for our kids. Going around in used clothes can also help raise awareness among our circle, family and friends on the handy benefits of going for second-hand wardrobe picks. Enough of that awareness could start a movement and before you know it, you’ve got a group of moms who care enough to make a bigger difference in the world with their buying choices, enough to give our kids a shot at a better planet in the future.
You Save More for Your Happy Fund
You can save quite a ton of shekels even if you go crazy and buy a whole lot of shirts and pants and skirts for you and the little tots and tykes. Given the low, low prices, even after bagging your finds at the counter, you’ll still have plenty left over to put into your Happy Fund. Start planning for that family holiday trip to Disneyland. Or just splurge on a staycation at your favorite hotel with the kids and your guy. Or maybe just set the money aside until you’ve got enough for that huge-purchase you’ve always wanted—that house with a backyard where the kids and Fido can run around in or use it to start their college funds.
Tips to Get the Best from the Pile
- Always check for defects. Make sure you’ve got a keeper in your hands by checking every inch of the clothes for holes, rents, stains or defects. If you can repair some of them, great. If not, throw them over for better finds.
- Try different sizes. You know what your sizes are. But thrift shops offer clothes from different brands so it would be best if you and the kids just start fitting instead of obsessively combing the racks for size A or B only to be surprised that the perfect fit for you or your child was a C.
- Go on sale days. Sale days would offer as much as 50 percent discounts so that’s a definite advantage. However, if you think it’ll attract a humongous crowd, get there super early. Beat the early shoppers by being the earliest bird of all. By being there right as the store opens, you have the chance to get dibs on items you and your kids will love, avoid the twisty-long queues and get out before the crowd starts to go crazy.
So what are you waiting for? Start scouting your local thrift shops and start building up your wardrobe—and those of your kids—with irresistible finds.