We spent last Saturday going through the dressers of seven children, sorting out the clothes that don’t fit or don’t look nice anymore and making an inventory of things each needs to stay cozy and cute this winter. We even went shopping in the outgrown clothes boxes in the attic, in case we could check anything off our list without spending a dime! Unfortunately, a large portion of my children have either reached their adult size and no longer outgrow clothes or they are boys. So we’ll be going shopping.
Alas, I’m a mama with a large family on a small budget, so there is no mall trip in our future. Luckily, we all enjoy second-hand shops! For the next few weeks, we’ll be hitting up thrift stores and consignment shops all around us (and there are lots!) in an effort to acquire the clothing we need at the low prices we love. Whatever we can’t find that way, we’ll look for retail.
Davey turned me on to thrift stores early in our marriage, and we’ve been shopping them for as long as I can remember for all sorts of needs, from furniture to housewares to clothing to books. It’s like a treasure hunt; you never know what you’re going to find or when you’re going to find it. Often, you can find things in like-new condition, but even if we go home empty-handed, we still have fun. On the other hand, my mother, in spite of being in similar financial straits during my childhood, would never set foot in a thrift store.
How about you: Do you buy things second hand at thrift stores, consignment shops or yard sales?
Me, I figure there’s only so much money in our bank account, and the less I have to spend on things we need, the more we can spend on books. 😉