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Hello mamas

 

I hope you're all well and wonderful

 

I was recently having a conversation with a friend about thrift shopping and buying secondhand items.  She said she could never bring herself to do it although she acknowledged the financial and environmental benefits of doing so. I myself am a thrift shop convert.  I used be disgusted at the thought of wearing someone else's used clothing, let alone buying them for my child.  I recently wrote a short blog post on thrifty shopping http://motherjoyful.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/mother-thrifty/

and would love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

 

Do you prefer to buy used or just look for deals, discounts and use coupons?

 

Happy frugal living!

 

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When I was a kid, all of my clothes were either made by my mom or were bought from the thrift store.

 

I'm 36 years old now, and there have been times in my life when I shopped at thrift stores to save money because I needed to.

 

I still shop thrift stores even though I really don't need to just because I don't see paying full price for some things, especially kid's clothes that they'll only wear for six months or so before outgrowing.

 

When shopping, I always look for quality.  I shop at thrift store in the more expensive parts of town.  The clothes donated there are usually of higher quality, better brands, so they last longer.  I've learned about clothing labels, not because I'm concerned about labels, but again, which clothing labels are made better so they'll last longer.


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I have recently been going to thrift stores more and more.  I did more when I was a teen/early 20's I did all the time.  Then as circumstances improved I started going to "real stores".  Now I shop at thrift stores all the time. I go to the ones in good areas and buy their nice brands that my kids like.  I now have a hard time paying full price for things now. I am careful to get the ones that are in almost new condition and I think it is definitely one thing we do well- I save so much money not only on clothes but home goods and books as well.  


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I've bought clothes from thrift stores all my life. The only things I buy new are stuff like underwear, socks, and swimsuits. Otherwise, our wardrobes for both me and the kids come almost entirely from thrift stores. Most of our furniture and other items are used as well.

A few years ago I worked with someone who was so adamantly against buying used that she seemed to consider me a second class citizen for "not caring for my appearance", i.e. not wearing the same expensive brands she did. She even told me my kids would suffer by being teased for their clothes, and people should not bring children into the world who can't afford them. I no longer work at that job, and that was the best move I ever made.

In my entire life, that is the only time I have been criticized for buying used clothes. I figure if people like that only come around once every 35 years, I can handle that.

I have never been enough into fashion to look at brands. I just buy whatever I think looks cute and is cheapest. So far my kids, now 11 and 13, have not complained of feeling unfashionable. They choose clothes that suit them.
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I find most people are flat out DUMB when it comes to even talking about a "thrift" store - the outrageous preconceived notions are plentiful!

 

In my section of the country Goodwill sells tons of NEVER used clothing (this means underwear, socks, bathing suites, stocking, etc) - they get clothing still with the tags on from Target.

 

Most people in this country have at one point driven a (pre-owned) or used car and have lived in an apt or house that was (GASP!!!) lived in prior by some...... yet flip out on the notion of wearing something "used" - I wash ALL items we wear (be it new, or used) prior to us wearing them so I don't understand some people's mentality at all. Many clothing items in families are passed down over generations (christening gowns, etc) - that's is USED!

 

We use "used" in most aspects of our life and this is NOT just for financial reasons, far from it, used is green! and with clothing, OLD is usually made far better, last longer still and in some cases (with children) older simply fits better too.

 

Last year we figured out we consumed over 90% of material items "used".

 

A few years ago, my DH was talking to someone about an item he got at a thrift and the person asked how he was able to go there???? it took some time for my DH to figure out what this person was really talking about - the person was UNDER the impression (no lie!!) that you could not go into a Salvation Army or Goodwill with out showing your tax returns!!! (meaning you had to be only of means to do so) - most people also do not get the many thrifts (Salvation/Goodwill,etc) rely on higher income people to buy their items and even do on-line auctions and all the money goes for other services.

I have personally found many NEVER used items in thrifts, and as far as underwear - most have no clue the value of vintage underwear and the prices you can get for reselling them!


 

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We love the thrift store. We know a lot of people with the mentality that they would never shop at a thrift store. I am like okay whatever. We can get a far better deal, better made, longer lasting on items on the majority of the things we are shopping for at a thrift store. My daughter dresses in expensive clothing that is well made. Only in the last year have we had to pay for her clothes. Before when she outgrew them I would sell them. We always were able to turn a profit. Now she is a little older, she is rough on leggings, so we are not able to resale any of those. But seriously, when I pay 50 cents a pair for hanna anderson who cares.The only thing, we have a rough time with finding in the thrift store is shoes. I am not against buying used shoes but it is next to impossible since my kids have a wider foot. We are able to get winter boots and rubber boots though for a steal.


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I have been shopping in thrift stores all my life. I really never have shopped for anything new, except underwear winky.gif. I have occasionally bought new kitchen stuff, and good furniture once when I inherited some money. 15 years later, I am replacing much of the furniture (puppy issues, mainly, and too many foster children who wet their beds), and the new couch will be used. By state law, used mattresses cannot be sold in stores. I am a little squeamish about beds and Craigslist - bedbugs are out of my comfort zone. I haven't quite figured this one out - I need 4 mattress sets!
 


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Life long lover of thrift stores. smile.gif  love.gif  I'm not a brand name person, more for finding unusual or vintage pieces, and budget reasons.  The latter is big now, with a little one and me staying home - buying all our family's clothes at thrift stores (and toys and books and household items - the list goes on!) is a major factor in our financial ability to operate on one income.  It's also awesome because kids outgrow things so quickly! (although, with a boy, I tend to buy things a little big so they last longer).  Even with DS' wide feet, we've had good luck.  And I don't even have to go to the nicer parts of town - love our local shops, which makes life that much easier! thumb.gif

 

Occasionally something will come up (we are still trying to figure out mattresses, mamarhu!) that I keep a look out for and just can't find - then we'll buy on sale, etc.


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amber3902: I wish I could make my family's clothes!  Seems time consuming but really fun.  Have you given it a go yourself?

 

granolamommie: I know what you mean about not being able to pay full price - like I mentioned in my blog, I do still shop at the mall, but I definitely don't have the heart to pay too much knowing I could get it cheaper elsewhere.  And quality is definitely important as both you and Amber said.  I find that by shopping at higher end thrift stores you do tend to find more quality items, but then again I've found gems in cheaper stores too :) What kind of home goods have you bought at thrift shops?

 

kythe: Bravo for being so thrifty mama!  So sad about your coworker.  I've never judged others for buying thrift, but in my anti-thrift days I did think that I would feel second class by not wearing brand new, high street clothing.  And who said used clothing can't be fashionable?  Many of my favourite dresses are from thrift shops and are always complimented... even by people who wouldn't dare step into a secondhand shop.  It's all about your from of mind hey

 

serenbat: Thank you for your post.  Finding new clothing at thrift shops is something I didn't mention on my blog but will definitely do so in the future.  I found a brand new dress from Banana Republic in a store once, and a designer coat both with the tags still on.  The dress cost me $12 and the coat $20.  Absolute bargains!   And your absolutely right about driving used cars etc - I'd never even thought of that! I'll make sure to mention that if I encounter a thrift hater.  I too find that older is often times better made!

 

mumm4boys:  Do you mind sharing how you sell your clothes? Do you sell them at a store or auction then? I haven't done that yet, as I end up donating them, but why not make a few bucks?? I have yet to look for shoes in a thrift store, as due to knee issues I need specialist orthopedic style shoes.  Have you been able to find high quality shoes when you have looked for them?

 

mamarhu: good luck with finding those mattresses! perhaps you can see if someone on Craigslist is selling new mattresses? Often stores that are closing down advertise on there to make a quick sale. I'll be writing a blog post about affordable green mattresses in the coming weeks so watch this space!

 

pickle18: I too have a young child and am at home with him for now, thus living on one income.  Thrift has also made this possible for us.  Good luck with the mattresses too!  

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Occasionally something will come up (we are still trying to figure out mattresses, mamarhu!) that I keep a look out for and just can't find - then we'll buy on sale, etc.

word of mouth is great-IMO also some church sales

 

I know someone that bought a brand new mattress (we didn't need it at the time) used it less than a month and had to move, no way to take it - clean with no issues, I do this this happen a lot and sometimes you do find really good (safe and clean) ones too


 

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serenbat: Thank you for your post.  Finding new clothing at thrift shops is something I didn't mention on my blog but will definitely do so in the future.  I found a brand new dress from Banana Republic in a store once, and a designer coat both with the tags still on.  The dress cost me $12 and the coat $20.  Absolute bargains!   And your absolutely right about driving used cars etc - I'd never even thought of that! I'll make sure to mention that if I encounter a thrift hater.  I too find that older is often times better made!

 

 

also in my area, some of the Salvation are starting a section for items still with tags on, the do cost more but are not used


 

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just to give you a different prospective - there are thrift store in NYC (other major cities too) and areas like Cape Cod and the prices are $$$ - where 90+% is very high end stuff (Cape Cod even makes up a booklet on all their thrifts)-most are charity related

 

thrift means different things in different areas

 

in my area many churches run sales (usually twice a year) some run year round stores, many large hospitable do as well, there is a real nice very very high end hospitable thrift outside of Philly and it's like a high end fine antique store and has the same prices too!

 

I can't say enough about this thrift (and they also have a sister store for home goods) http://www.mamagooseithaca.com (we live about 3 hours away and only go twice a year) you would not know this was a "thrift" - they have a small amount of brand new items but the other things - you would have no clue!! SUPER clean - looks 100% full retail - personally I have turned in tons of things over the years I never used with tags still on them (items that were gifts or my child never grew into at the right time) - thrift is a very misleading word....also think http://www.habitat.org/restores these are "thrifts" too!


 

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...also think http://www.habitat.org/restores these are "thrifts" too!

 

YES! orngbiggrin.gif Our local one is awesome - we need to do some major home improvements (old house, literally falling apart) and always keep an eye on what they have (should we ever be able to afford these projects).


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I used to shop sales, in the last 3 years I'm a big thrift store convert.  Thrift stores here are not as cheap as ones in US, but there are still good deals, especially for kids' clothes.  The coolest thing about thrift shop is you might find anything there, clothes from every decade, made of nearly every material, and many brands you're not familiar with or even homemade outfits.  It's just fun to dig around to see what's there.  More than half of my wardrobe are from thrift stores now and 2/3 of my children's.  My fingers have the gift of feeling quality and scope out vintage items made in US or Canada. :D You can't find those easily now even if you're willing to pay for them.  Just last time I went to salvation army thrift store and bought 7 items all made in Canada for $20.

 

We still buy new sometimes, at least for underwear, socks and pajamas.  If I see something I really like in a regular store and see myself wearing it many times I will buy it.  But I wash all clothes (even new ones) before wearing anyway.  So the second hand thing doesn't bother me much.  I would not buy things not washable, though.


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Heh...  there's so many things we've bought used...  We did buy a new Berkey water filter because I couldn't find a reputable-looking used one (or a used one that they didn't think was made of gold!).  Hubby just went on a short road trip to buy me another pressure canner, used once.  Our house was, well, used.  As have all our vehicles, the small metal fishing boat, the 130+yo table I'm sitting/typing at...  A giant chunk of the kids' clothes are used (like 80-90%?) - I buy new underwear/socks and sometimes shoes, but when I pay $1 for a dress for my 5yo daughter, I don't have to have a fit if she goes out and plays in the mud in it.  :D  I'm also not above receiving hand-me-downs from relatives - if I won't use it, I pass it along to someone else.  Hence my dining table and chairs, an avocado green storage cabinet in our kitchen (yeah, we're stylin'), the mismatched kid dressers, hubby's giant solid oak work desk, and so on.  Or all the free canning jars some relatives send my way - totally awesome.

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mumm4boys:  Do you mind sharing how you sell your clothes? Do you sell them at a store or auction then? I haven't done that yet, as I end up donating them, but why not make a few bucks?? I have yet to look for shoes in a thrift store, as due to knee issues I need specialist orthopedic style shoes.  Have you been able to find high quality shoes when you have looked for them?

 

 

We have a use children's shop where I live that is very trendy. They will buy your clothes back for a pretty good price. They only take name brand items etc. So I am only able to sell about 1/3 to 1/2 of Maggie's clothes to them. But it is so worth it. I could get more money back if I used it for a store credit. But the store is too high priced. We visit every few months this one Goodwill in Seattle. You have to dig a bit in this store but occasionally, I will find Hanna Anderson dresses for under $3.00 a dress. I buy what they have because I will get a minimum of $8.00 for the dress at the Children's shop that I sell the clothes at. 

 

I am able to find for woman great well made shoes. I did find at the Goodwill store that they take all the stuff that did not sale at the regular Goodwill store a brand new pair of New Balance running shoes for Maggie in a size 13. I paid less then a $1.00 for them. I got those two or three years ago. I just put them away for when Maggie finally grows into them.  Goodwill was originally selling them for $25.00. I also got her a brand new winter coat with the tags still on from JC Penny's for 49 cents. The Goodwill tag said they wanted $35.00 for the coat. No wonder it did not sale. I like the outlet Goodwill store but it is a rough environment because there is a lot of people shopping for their online stores in there. 

 

I prefer Value Village because of the ease of finding things. Yesterday was 50% off of clothes if you had a super saver card. We scored big time. My husband builds jets for a living. It is messy work and he is rough on clothes. We got him 7 t-shirts with the tags still on from Target for 49 cents a piece. I also got Maggie a brand new pair of sleeper fleece PJs for winter with little Monkey feet in a size 7 for $1.00.


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amber3902: I wish I could make my family's clothes!  Seems time consuming but really fun.  Have you given it a go yourself?

 

 

 

I DO know how to sew, but since I work full time, I just don't have the time to do it very often.   Every once in a while I'll make something simple, or hem a pair of pants,  but that's about it now.  The only things I sew now are my kid's Halloween costumes.


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Wow! great to see so many thrifty mamas. Thanks for the tips, tricks and details of your thrifty shopping! :)

I'm considering doing a follow up post on thrift shopping at some point as you've provided me with fresh insights

 

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I just won't buy anything that I can't dry on hot. You need a hot dryer (10-15 minutes or so past "dry") to kill bedbugs. If I can do that, used doesn't bother me a bit!

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I love thrift stores...I can sometimes find L a lot of clothes(or even myself) for virtually nothing when I have nothing to spend...That makes a difference...the only things I won't buy used is undergarments and shoes...I got a used pair of shoes from a friend whose boy was in a wheelchair years ago..the shoes looked brandnew..and my little one got a fungal infection that spread to his hands and then his face..it was gross..big bubble of skin everywhere...so I don't do used shoes....But just about everything in my kitchen came from Goodwill :)

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Except for shoes, socks, and underwear or my handknits, I get all my and my kids' clothes at the thrift shop. I search through carefully and only buy things in great shape and only that meet my tastes perfectly (I never find too many but quality over quantity I say). It sets my price point for what an item of clothing is worth. If I see something on clearance at another store it's close to thrift store prices so I'll get it if it is good. I get my husband a few shorts and jeans from there too but all his work clothes must be nicer dress pants and the company's buttoned shirts. We only keep about 4-8 wearable outfits for each of us at a time, there's no need for more and I'd be searching too long and paying too much for more than that.

 

A more posh than I relative was showing me her latest thrift store score lately, a name brand dress she got for $25...I smiled and congratulated her while in my mind saying I wouldn't pay that for a new dress usually. I think these things have become more popular than they used to be, and to some folks that's a deal. I stick in the <$5 each range on things, myself. Growing up my mother never shopped in thrift stores, instead grumbled about the cost every time I needed clothes from Target or the mall until I felt horribly guilty.

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There's a children's thrift store a few towns over and I've gotten some majorly awesome buys there for the kids -- Liberty of London flowerly dresses for DD for the summer, Plan Toys city sets (to add to my sons growing collection) for dirt cheap..the list happily goes on and on. Our most recent was a Crazy Coupe for our son for $10 and a pair of formerly $65 rollerblades for DD! So for the kids I love them love them love them!

 

I don't shop for myself too much, because I don't have the time/energy to dig for things I truly love/will fit me. I shop for a few things each season and keep them forever and although sometimes I splurge, I've been wearing cardigans for five + years and they are in great condition. I'd much rather buy books : ) Housewares I do get at thrift stores if they are funky/vintage (Pyrex is a good one, any sort of potting plant..) I love estate sales + garage sales too! 


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I have no qualms about it at all; I actually prefer it. We have far better wardrobes than we'd be able to afford otherwise since we often find brand-name stuff at our thrift stores. I'm not a label snob my any means, but I find that certain brands are constructed better and last longer. And they tend to be more classic styles that we can wear for years, as opposed to super trendy stuff that's going to go out of style in five minutes. 

 

Same thing with furniture - I love antiques and things with a little provenance, and it's better quality stuff than we'd be able to afford otherwise. There are a few things I won't buy second hand though - underwear, fabric shoes like sneakers, and upholstered furniture (unless I plan to strip it down and reupholster it). Other than that, I love hitting the thrift stores. It's such a rush to get a huge bargain on stuff we need. 


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I used to avoid them for a while just because my DS was horrible in the stores only thirft stores for some reason lol. Now I go from time to time. The best part is, if DS or DD ruins a .99 shirt or pants from the thrift store, I don't get upset about it, lol. I found a store that has a lot of nice women's clothes and me and DD shopped there a lot in the spring, but I haven't been back for a while. I like to buy from the clearance rack too and would say I buy more clearance that used, but I like the thrift store for play clothes and fill in the wardrobes. DD got a ton of nice dresses for her bday so a few of the thrift store dresses haven't been worn much, but I like them for more casual days out. Ds has been slowing down growth wise (for now) so he is not needing now clothes every season like dd is. I think a lot of clothes will fit him again this fall from last fall/winter (I hope!) at least until another growth spurt! But I found him a nice gap bubble vest for 3.99 at the thrift store I am hoping will fit him another year! I have bought DD some shoes from thrift stores on occasion but do try to buy shoes new like others have mentioned, and of course undies/bras/socks are always bought new. I also try to avoid blankets/sheets etc due to bedbug risks.


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