Getting clothing brand new is nice, but do you really need brand new clothes all the time? After all, many of today’s fabrics, styles and fashions are very cheaply made and wear out before their time. For example, I bought a brand new shirt 3 months ago, and with normal wear and tear, washing and such, it’s already threadbare. That $15 shirt was definitely not a bargain, was it?
Here is an idea for 4 ways to get quality clothing for cheap or FREE!
More often than not, you will find name brand clothing that is a good quality construction here. They are usually picky on what they will sell, so you are more likely to get clothing without tears or stains. I have found that in our area, clothing goes for about 30-40% of what it will sell for brand new. I have found jeans, shorts, jackets, shirts as well as shoes at consignment stores.
As a matter of fact, this is the only place I have been able to outfit my oldest son, as he is growing so rapidly and thrift stores don’t usually have his size in anything. Another bonus for consignment stores is that you can take gently used clothing to sell for cash or credit on other stuff. Decluttering and saving money on clothing? Win-Win!
This requires some careful digging to find good quality. We have an array of different thrift stores, with different quality in clothing. Some will just “hang and sell” whatever is brought in, no matter what the condition.
Others will actually inspect the clothing, make any minor needed repairs, and wash before moving out to the sales floor. Finding quality takes a bit of time, and knowing what you want. Sometimes, you may have to replace a button, or fix a hem, but you can really get some good bargains at thrift stores.
Again, digging for quality is the key here. I have seen many people put out worn out and stained clothing at a premium price. Of course, if you are looking for rags, or quilt blocks, or “chore clothing” you may be able to get them to come way down on the price. Other yard sales I have seen great clothing at a great price.
Since you are most likely NOT going to be able to try the clothes on, it’s helpful to have an idea of sizes you need, and even know if those sizes vary by designer. For example, I can get a “5” in Abercrombie, but a “3” in Guess. Knowing what you or your family’s needs and sizes are will be extremely helpful as you navigate the myriad of sales.
Host a Clothing Swap
A clothing swap is a great way to build your community while getting quality clothing. It’s basically trading outgrown, gently used clothing with friends and family. It’s not hard to set up and the benefits are amazing! Check out full details here.
That’s just 4 of the best ways I’ve used to get quality clothing for my family without breaking the bank…what other ideas do you have? Be sure to pin this for later!
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.