Buying used clothes can be a great way to save money, especially if you have rapidly growing children. It can get very expensive if you have to buy new clothes every six months for a child who is growing rapidly. You can defray some of your clothing costs by shopping for deals at used clothing stores or thrift stores. Even if you do not have any growing children, buying clothing at thrift stores is a great way to cut costs.
Even small thrift stores can be overwhelming, and it is best to have a plan before you go. If you are only looking for clothes, try to focus on stores that are large or stores that only sell clothing. They will generally have the best selections.
Before You Go
Before you go shopping, you will want to grab anything that you want to donate and take it with you. First, this helps you cut down on clutter, and second, it might make the employees more helpful if they know that you donate regularly.
Make a Plan
Before you leave the house, you will want to decide where you’ll go. If you are planning to hit more than one store, you want to decide which one you will visit first. It is also import that you determine what you need and make a list. Making a list will help keep you on track as it is easy to get overwhelmed when you have so many options (as many thrift stores do).
Shop with a Friend
It is important to shop with a friend, or an older child who wants to help. They can help you make decisions and carry things. It is best to leave the little ones at home as they tend to get tired and cranky after digging through clothing racks.
Grab Some Cash
One last tip before you hit the stores is to grab some cash because some thrift stores do not take cards.
At the Store
Tackling the Store
The first thing that you want to do is focus on one part of your list at a time. For example, focus on getting clothes for your daughter, then yourself, then your son, or focus on specific articles of clothing like shirts, pants, skirts, etc. This method will help you stay focused, and it will make your trip go faster. It also helps to ensure that you do not forget anything.
Tip – Don’t forget a pen to mark things off of your list.
Things to Avoid
In general, you will want to stay away from things like underwear, bathing suits, and tennis shoes because they can be difficult to properly sanitize. Many thrift stores will not carry some or all of these items.
When You Get Home
The First Step
Thrift stores are not exceptionally dirty or anything, but you will want to go ahead and wash all your purchases before wearing them. Though it is also useful to note that many of these stores wash everything before putting it out.
Before Putting Things Away
Before putting everything away, you will want to have everyone who didn’t go with you try on their new clothing things. The slightly large items can be kept until kids grow into them, and the slightly small ones can be returned, given to friends, or simply donated on your next trip.
If you follow these tips when you go shopping for clothing at thrift stores, you will have a successful trip.
Do you shop at thrift stores for clothing? If so, how do you tackle your trips and find the best deals?