5 Tips for Shopping Secondhand Stores

Is saving money one of your goals for the New Year?  I am always looking for a way to save a few extra dollars for our family.  One way I save money is to shop at our local consignment shop, as well as sell my items there.    I often have good luck finding items for our daughter, and sometimes her older brothers.  If saving money is one of your goals for 2015, then keep reading!  Today I want to share my 5 Tips for Shopping Secondhand Stores.

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1.  Consider where the consignment shop or Goodwill store is located.  The two I choose to hit are in fairly upscale neighborhoods.  I choose these in hopes of finding some name brand, but still in good condition, finds.  I also think that by choosing the stores in this particular location that there would be fitting rooms {not all secondhand stores have fitting rooms} so I could try on anything I found.

2.  If you’re going to pay for it-even if it’s secondhand-make sure you love it.  I say this because I am VERY picky about my clothes-fit, brand, and longevity.  I also have fallen prey to the mindset that “It’s only $3. It’s okay if I don’t love it.”  Then if I don’t wear something, or it doesn’t fit well, I wasted money and I feel guilty.

3.  Consider buying a size up and give it a good inspection.  I have learned-especially with buying children’s clothes-a size up is helpful.  By the time the item makes it to a consignment sale or Goodwill, it’s probably been worn and washed several times.  Also, I check the seams, zippers, and care labels.

4.  Don’t be afraid to walk away from a “great” bargain. Once, I tried on a pair of COACH canvas slip on shoes.  LOVED them!  They were only $22, and I badly wanted them.  However, they were a bit too tight in the toes, and I didn’t get them just because they were at a super inexpensive price.  I had to leave them behind because I wasn’t willing to pay for something that I wasn’t 100% convinced about.

5.  Look for brands you are familiar with.  I do this because it helps me to expect how the time will fit.   I generally go for Gymboree, knowing it’ll fit my daughter well.  We shop there enough with a good sale, that I know a 6 will fit her, albeit a little big, but that a 5 is too short.  If I’m going to buy second hand, I want it to be decent quality and last a little longer.  I often do well with particular pieces, too. Dresses work out 99% of the time for my daughter, hoodies or sweatshirts almost always fit the twins.  I know what fits my children well, and hunt for those first.

Tell me about your second hand shopping experiences.  I’d love to hear!

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Carrie is the author and founder of A Princess and Her Pirates. She likes to share her Disney travel tips, crafts, recipes, and ways that she finds JOY everyday in her life! She believes that everyday brings new joy, and that everyone needs to have a little happiness in their life! She is the wife to a sweet pastor, and mom to three kiddos-twin boys and a princess girl. Carrie is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, where she enjoys making MAGICAL vacation memories for everyone! Contact her today at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com to start YOUR vacation planning!

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