Why Shop Secondhand?
A better question might be– Why pay full price when you can purchase items that are good as new for less than half of the full price?? Secondhand shopping has saved my family hundreds of dollars on clothing, homeschool supplies, and home decor.
Shopping for gently used items is also a great way to help reduce waste. Instead of jumping on the “supply and demand” train that signals companies to produce more product you can buy from local mamas, secondhand stores, online shops, and yard sales!
Where to Find the Deals…
1. Look Online!
- Buy/Sell/Trade Facebook Pages
I shop on Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade pages a ton! Some of the pages are local, but I really like to use nationwide pages because I don’t have to leave my house to receive the items…they get shipped to me instead. Plus nationwide pages give you more selection. Shopping this way helps other mamas (like yourself) make a little money back on their clothing & their children’s clothing.
This is my favorite place to shop #secondhandfirst! You can always find Coupon Codes to save a percentage off of your already low price order & they offer referral bonuses so you get a credit overtime a friend signs up with your code!
ThredUp only sells pieces that are in good condition so you don’t have to sift through pages of junk. If you want consignment/thrift shop prices with the convenience of an online store then you can check out ThredUp here!
2. Thrift Stores
Buying clothes at thrift stores like Goodwill is a wonderful way to shop for secondhand items for almost free. Check their daily sticker color sales for the most savings! My local Goodwill also has $0.99 Wednesdays!
3. Local Consignment
Take a quick drive around your town & I am sure you will find at least one consignment shop. Consignment shops sells other people’s clothes for them and they keep a portion of the money. Many ares also have large seasonal consignment sales that are open for a weekend or a full week. Consignment clothing is generally a little bit more expensive than clothing at thrift stores, but they are still full of great deals!
“One person’s junk is another person’s treasure”… and there is no place more fun to search for that treasure than at a bunch of yardsales! Yard & Garage Sales aren’t the most convenient and the quality of items is sometimes questionable, but if you like a good hunt, this is the route for you! Every now and then you will run into a sale that is well organized with great items… you can thank me then 🙂
Make $$ to fund your secondhand obsession:
Making money on your clothes is almost as easy as spending money on them!
- Sell Online
- Order a Cleanout Bag…Pack your clothes up in the bag and ship it to ThredUp. You get paid for excellent condition on-trend items as soon as they are processed and payment will be sent for other items as soon as they are sold.
- You can also earn money back by referring your friends to ThredUp.
- Online B/S/T
- Take photos of the pieces that you want to sell and post them to local and nationwide groups. Be sure to read the rules of each group before posting. If you are shipping clothing items, try to ship via Paypal to save a few extra dollars.
- Local Consignment
- Find out the requirements for selling at local consignment shops & sales. Prepare your items and let them do the selling for you.
- Yard Sales
- Gather items that you want to sell…price them and get to selling! Learn how to brand your sale for maximum exposure & income.
How do you save money without sacrificing quality when shopping for clothes?