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Save Your Hard Earned Cash on Clothing, Accessories, and Home Decor
Save Big at a Church Sale
At the end of summer my Mom took all of us kids to the church at the bottom of the hill to shop for school clothes. It was an incredible deal to shop there because you could fill a brown paper sack to the top with clothes for A-Dollar-A-BAG! This was the shopping event of the year for our family of six kids. I looked forward to it every time because it meant we were all getting a bunch of new clothes. New to us that is, we didn't care that someone had owned them before or wore them. It just didn't matter.
The church gymnasium was filled wall to wall with racks and tables full of clothes, shoes, purses, scarves and just about anything you'd want or need. My sisters and I would run from rack to rack and scan every table searching for one-of-a-kind items to make that perfect outfit.
It was mayhem in the dressing room because clothes were tossed everywhere. To us we were models back stage getting ready to walk the cat walk at a Paris fashion show. Vogue and Elle magazines were waiting to take our pictures and feature us in their next month’s issue. We'd try things on and prance around pretending to be models showing off our new clothes.
One of my favorite finds was a RED VELVET JACKET! It fit perfectly and was absolutely beautiful. I couldn't believe my luck. I wore it for years with dress pants and jeans until it lost its luster. I also came across a pair of red and white checked wide leg bell bottom pants sporting a three inch high waist band with little red buttons on it. The red jacket I'd found and these wild pants matched so well I got both. It was the 70's and bell bottoms were a major fashion trend at the time. Oh and to finish the outfit I found black platform shoes with a silver buckle. I really had it going on!
I remember each of us kids going home with at least two bags full of clothes. I felt like the luckiest girl in town and couldn't wait for school to start so I could wear all my new clothes.
Resale Savings are HUGE!
Over the years I've continued to primarily shop at Goodwill, Salvation Army, garage sales and resale shops for my clothing and other items. To me it just makes good sense to do so. Instead of getting one top for fifteen dollars I can find ten tops for the same price with change left over. These stores often have half off certain color tag sales, and customer appreciation days making the deals even better. The local Goodwill has ALL CLOTHING priced at $1.23 one Friday a month no exceptions. How cool is that?
I've also found a wide variety of name brand clothes such as the Loft, Coldwater Creek, Aeropostale, Old Navy and Chico's at resale shops. Some of the clothes still have the original sales tags attached. Goodwill recently started separating out name brand clothes making it easier for customers to find them. It would've taken me hours to locate these same items in a shopping mall. Finding bargain's is easy and fun to do if you’re willing to look at a wide variety of styles.
Shopping at garage sales and resale and consignment shops not only saves you money on reduced clothing, home decor, books and more, but gas going to different stores that only sell a few styles and time spent searching for an item.
Resale & Consignment Shopping
More and more resale and consignment shops are opening up everyday. Why? Because people are not only looking for deals on clothes and other items but are concerned about our planet too. Perfectly good clothes and fashion accessories are readily available for great prices and your clothes can be something new for someone else. You'll get cash for your unwanted clothing if it's in good shape. Check out the links in this hub to see how it works.
- Recycle Your Fashions - Consignment
Recycle Your Fashions Consignment offers you one of the few ways to consign and sell to us online. While doing consignment, we also buy your items from you
Resale Shopping is GREEN
Not only have I found great deals on clothing at garage sales and resale stores but also; furniture, purses, craft supplies, lamps, vases, dishes, storage containers, table cloths, and books to name a few.
I recently bought four used books that are current titles for $4.29 tax included at Goodwill. If I'd purchased the same books at Target, Walmart or a Borders book store brand new I would've paid around $56.00 + tax. Our local library has several book sales a year and they do a grocery bag of books for a buck like the church did when I was growing up. You can't even get one paperback book for that these days.
Think about the energy and resources needed to make all the items brand new. Just one article of clothing goes through a lengthy and expensive process to finally get to you the consumer. It need to be designed, fabric made, sewn with buttons, snaps, and zippers, packaged and shipped by air, truck or boat to stores in your area. All these steps and more not listed here use valuable energy and resources from our planet.
Why buy everything brand new when other items just as good and sometimes even better already exist? If you've never shopped this way you'll be amazed at what’s available, how much money you can save and the positive impact your shopping habits have on the planet.