Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Why Pay Retail?

Why pay retail? I have said it before and I will say it again: We live in a wasteful culture! I cannot tell you how many times I buy NEW WITH TAGS clothes second hand. People just buy stuff and it sits in their closet, they never wear it, they don't return it....then they need to make room in their closet for new stuff that they won't wear, so the donate it. And I buy it. 

Most of my daughters wardrobe is secondhand. 

For example:

New with tags, $22 Retail Izod, Khaki shorts. I paid $2.00

She is a Elf fan, we watch it every Christmas. New with tags. From Kohls, I paid just a couple of bucks....

Sometimes things are new without tags. You can tell by the crispness of the label. Clothes that have been worn and washed multiple times, the tag will soften over time. If you check the tag and it is crisp and bright, chances are it was never worn or washed. 

Tag is crisp! New item. 99 cents

Also a fun thing is to find unique stuff. Stuff you won't find at the mall or Target. 

Can't go wrong with Bob Marley! (50 cents)

....or the Beatles! 50 cents...

Ren and Stimpy!!! Oh the compliments she gets from everyone over the age of 35 when she wears this shirt! Of course, kids her age are like "who?"  Only $1.

Liz Clairborne....$1

Don't ask Mr. Owl. He will eat the whole thing!

50 cents

My daughter likes the weird stuff. 50 cents (new with tags)

Again, she likes the weird stuff. 50 cents, new with tags

Long sleeve shirt for the few days a year that it is cold in Florida. $2

Every year at my daughters school, there is a daddy-daughter dance. Parents will run out and by their daughter a $100 dress for them to wear for one night in elementary school. That is so not happening in my world. Are they insane?

Here are some of the dresses I have picked up for my daughter. For the dance and also casual one for wearing on a nice summer day.

This one was new with tags, Limited Too, $72. I scored it for $2. BRAND NEW LIMITED TOO! TWO DOLLARS!!

Teal is one of her favorite colors. She wore this to a wedding last summer. $2. 

The next two are casual summer dresses. Like for attending birthday parties and whatnot....$1 for each of them.

And proof that I have raised my daughter to know better: Although she is only 9, she wears an adult size 8 womens shoe. Trying to find a pair of size eight shoes (retail, newish used shoes are more of a challenge to find)....all the shoes had high heels. We went to three different stores. Finally my daughter says..."You know, I just kick off my shoes when I dance anyhow. Its kind of stupid to spend money on a pair of shoes that I will only wear once and then take them off . But I really could use a new pair of sandals, I doubt anyone is going to be looking at my feet"
So I bought her a nice pair of sandals that she wears everyday. $40

So, I highly recommend shopping secondhand. I shop there for myself and for my son as well.  

Please consider reading the book  Get Real, What Kind of World are you buying?

It is a book that I really think should be recommended reading in the schools. I bought it (at a thrift shop) and it was fascinating!  It really changes how you look at things and how you shop. And the story behind every thing you buy. 

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  1. I am right there with you! Most of my dresses are Black House/White Market, love how they fit my shape. Retail- they are crazy expensive! I've purchased all mine at thrift stores or on consignment clearance, never paying more than $8. My little black one still had the tags on it. =)

  2. I can't actually stomach retail anymore. Great finds for your daughter, my stepdaughter does the same thing. We face-timed her the other day and she was wearing a brand new bebe tshirt she bought for $2. I taught her well

    1. I guess some people like to waste money. I am not one of them, especially on clothing for a 9 year old who will probably out grow it all in 6 months! Bebe for $2, thats what Im talking about!