Do you ever shop at thrift or second hand stores?
I have never really needed to buy my kids clothes up until we moved. And when I did before I always shopped clearance/sales or splurged the odd time. However we were on a strict budget before. Now that we moved and fall into this "somewhat better off" category and family have cut down on the number of clothing gifts, I'm having inner conflict. We can afford to buy most of the kids clothes brand new but we have a thrift store near to us and one in the larger city that we go to often that have some amazing kids clothes. Brand names, well taken care of. The one in the larger city the prices are higher than our local store but also have nicer stuff. I usually only buy kids clothes and books for my older daughter who devours them and reads like crazy.
I guess I'm having a small moral dilemma. We live in a city where most folks are well off but there are certainly those that struggle. We do well for ourselves but we still try and save money where we can as we don't have limitless funds either.
I sometimes feel bad buying nice used clothing from the thrift/second hand shops, should I? Of should I go back to trying to find decent clothes on clearance or buying other new clothes full price while leaving the good thrift store clothes for those that really can't afford it. I have only bought like 10 different clothing items from the two places as I try and only buy what the girls like and need. I don't buy items just because they are cheaper. And I always have donated their previously loved clothes that no longer fit and that I am no longer keeping ourselves, instead of selling or consigning them... I just don't know what I should be doing here.