Hi, all. I just found the Frugality forum and I'm glad I did. I'm in the process of trying to find ways to save money.
Mind if I jump in?
A used children's clothing store near me has a quarter sale the last Friday and Saturday of each month. They have tables full of all the clothes they couldn't accept for whatever reason (sometimes there are stains; sometimes the item is a little faded; sometimes a button's missing; more often than not, you can't find much if anything wrong with the clothes).
I've found so many great things there. I got Nike sneakers that were in great shape for 50 cents. I got Gymboree shoes (brand new, but with some light stains that came off in the wash) for a quarter, I got Gymboree Paris Kitty pants (the navy blue ones) for a quarter. They were a tad bit worn, but in great shape. They were too big for my girls, so I sold them on ebay. I also got a great pair of pink Gymboree dress shoes that I always wanted for my girls, but wouldn't spend the money on. They were too small, but again, sold them on ebay.
I went crazy trying to find anything Monsters Inc. a few months back. My kids were obsessed with it, but I couldn't find anything anywhere. I checked e-bay, Freecycle, and even the Disney store with no luck. One month, at the quarter sale, a friend found Monsters Inc. pajama pants and threw them my way. A few minutes later I found the top. My kids were thrilled to have Monsters Inc pjs that cost me a whopping 50 cents.
They have maternity stuff there too. I'm not pregnant, but I'm trying to rebuild my wardrobe (long story, but I loaned my collection of brand new maternity clothes to a family member who threw them away). Pants are hard to find there (which is what I really need, grrrr), but I've gotten a bunch of tops for a quarter each. This past weekend, I got a white sleeveless blouse and an Old Navy 3/4 sleeve top. I can't find anything wrong with them at all.
Granted, some of the stuff is really out of style or faded. I still grab some of those, though, because they're great for playing in the mud.
Every once in a while I do lose money. There's usually an item or two that can't be cleaned or the I realize later there's a rip that can't be fixed. Even then, I'm out less than a dollar.
It's also great because I can get things for friends. I have one friend who gives me bunches of her daughter's old clothes. I obviously can't repay the favor, but I can keep an eye out for things in her kids' sizes at the sale.
I'm going to be heartbroken when we have to move next year. Aside from missing my friends, I'm gonna miss my quarter sale.