Every cent counts. This is the creed that every American lives by nowadays all because of the shadow of the economic recession. It has spurred the practicality of most people as they go about their somewhat unsecured lives. Everything is on a budget and that will include the clothing that you and your children will wear. Practicality will dictate that purchasing high priced brand new clothing is out of the picture unless of course, the clothing you find is decently priced. The next best thing if buying brand new is out of your reach is to skimp and go for used clothing. It is a cheaper option and contrary to what other Americans think, is a viable and acceptable solution that can save significant amounts of money. That said here are some ideas on where to find cheap secondhand clothing, the ones you can still wear without shame.
- Thrift stores. While some people think that shopping at a thrift store is the lowest of the lows, many people have claimed to discover great finds in these stores. Thrift stores operate by taking various donated articles of clothing and then selling them dirt cheap. Of course, most of the clothing found in these stores is worn out and sometimes non-wearable based on other people’s standards, but anyone shopping here is bound to find some clothes that still can either be worn or repaired. In any case, whatever you do find in these stores during your rummaging will surely be wonderfully cheap.
- Consignment shops. Shopping in these shops is an upgrade compared to thrift stores. Consignment shops are stores where owners of clothing consign their clothes to be sold. The shop makes a small percentage based profit off of the sale and the rest of the money is given to the owner. This process somewhat guarantees that each article of clothing you pick out will be of good to excellent condition with no distinguishing damages visible. The prices of clothing may be significantly higher than those sold in thrift stores but still way below actual market value. You can really find awesome pieces here without having to worry too much about your budget.
- Garage sales. A lot of people claim that scouting various yard and garage sales in your neighborhood is the best option you can ever explore in finding excellent used clothing at crazily reduced prices. Remember, the owner really wants to get rid of these items so he will price them really low to encourage fast sales. Furthermore, since the items come straight from the owner, you can be assured that most of the clothes sold will be in good condition, some even branded and trendy.
- eBay. This option should always be open to anyone looking for secondhand clothing. Many people sell their used clothes online dirt cheap and visiting ebay.com and searching for these posts will grant you an opportunity to peruse their selections and purchase what you think is worth your money. The only drawback with online transactions is that you can easily get scammed since you are only working with the word of the seller and maybe a couple of pictures of the item. To avoid scams, you will want to use an online escrow account to ensure that you and the seller are protected.
These are the best ways to scout and find used clothing. As long as
you are all right with the idea of wearing secondhand clothing, these
options will definitely be viable.