Ever wonder how your friends found that super cute top at Goodwill or those adorable pants at a local consignment shop? I used to be so envious of people who could just walk in a store and find something stylish and low priced when I could only find outdated, faded, and worn out clothes.
However, with time and patience, I’ve formed a system for buying used clothing and it really works. Today, I’m going to share that system with you.
First off, I divide all used clothing stores into to two categories, used clothing shops ( such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. ) and high end consignment ( think used boutique clothing shops ). I’ll share my methods for both.
Used Clothing Shops
1. Look for labels.
Yes, this may sounds silly, but when you buy used clothing, look for high end labels. If you don’t know what that is, here’s a list I’ve linked to. Chances are whoever donated the high end item, probably took better care of it than the person who donated a dress from Target. People who shop for name brands are just going to take better care of their clothing. And, if you ever want to resell the item, name brands go for so much more online than generic labels.
2. Try before you buy.
I know, this one is pretty much a no-brainer. And mean who buys clothing without trying it on? *guiltily hangs head* I am famous for eyeballing things, getting them home and then they don’t fit. And there’s nothing worse than having a closet full of clothing that doesn’t fit you properly. Be sure to assess each item and ask yourself if you really love it. This will keep you from buying things and then regretting it later on.
High End Consignment
1. Only shop sales.
Yes, this sounds silly. I mean, it’s consignment, it’s already on sale, right? Well, yes and no. When buying from high end consignment, you’re still purchasing used clothing, so the price should be reasonable, not new clothing amounts. Just because it’s name brand, doesn’t mean you should pay $50 for it.
2. Limit yourself.
When I go consignment shopping, I can really burn a hole in my wallet. I’ve adopted a routine recently that really works and keeps me from emptying my bank account every time I go shopping. I start by thinking if there is anything in my closet that I really need. I then choose 3-4 items from various clothing racks. After trying them on to see if they fit, I narrow down my choices to one item. Yes ladies, I only purchase one. This way, I buy the one I truly love. By limiting myself to one item, I cut down on my spending, keep superfluous clothes from piling up in my closet and I get more wear out of what I already have.
3. Think ahead.
When I purchase clothing I typically try to think of a few months to a year down the road. Is it a classic piece that I will wear again and again, or will it go out of style in a year or two? If the item is trendy, I will spend significantly less on it than if it is classic.
I hope these tips were helpful to you. Happy Shopping!
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