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Tips for shopping thrift & consignment stores

Tips for shopping thrift & consignment stores

 

I discovered consignment and thrift shops in college when my husband and I were newlyweds.  Now that we have two little boys, saving money has been equally as important as it was then.  It took me a little while to get the most out of my shopping trips, but I finally have it down!  Here are a few tips and tricks I follow as I shop:

 

Make a list.  When trying to save money, there’s nothing worse than spending extra money on things you don’t need.  Make a list of the items you are in need of and colors to keep an eye out for (especially for home decor).  You will often find deals you have a hard time passing up, so remember your initial goal – to save money!

 

Visit often.  The selection changes on a daily basis at most secondhand stores.  And if you plan to go back for an item, don’t hold your breath because someone else may have picked it up already.

 

Keep an eye out for sales. Some of my local thrift stores have “color of the week” sales where the tags that match the color advertised are 50% off.  Another has a $0.69 sale on Saturdays, along with other unadvertised sales.  You can look up your stores’ phone numbers online or in a phone book and call ahead of time to find out what the sale is today.  Many stores often have a Facebook page or other social media they post their deals to…and even some of their favorite new items! 

 

Price check.  I have occasionally found items priced at or higher than new retail price.  If you have a smart phone, you can Google the item to determine whether that seems to be a reasonable price or not.  Consignment stores also run higher prices than thrift stores so make sure you only pay the amount you are comfortable with.

 

Check the items!  Always check for stains, holes, missing pieces or other damage.  Sometimes employees miss something that could be detrimental to the product.

 

Stay open minded. If you can make simple changes to an item of clothing that doesn’t fit absolutely perfect, don’t toss it aside.  There are hundreds of ideas on Pinterest for upcycling, mending, or modifying clothing, furniture, or other odds and ins.  There are some amazing ideas out there!

 

Have patience!  The selection depends on the donations or consignors.  Maybe you didn’t find what you wanted today, but keep trying!  The organization of many secondhand stores is also difficult to get used to as a new shopper, as each item is different and you will have to thumb through clothing and take some time to look through.

Love Changes Everything – Pet Adoption Event!

Petco Love Changes Everything Pet Adoption Event 2018

 

Stop by Petco this weekend for an amazing pet adoption event!  The “Love Changes Everything” campaign will run from March 3 – March 4.  Adopters can submit their photo at petcofoundation.org/snaplove.  They will be eligible to win daily prizes along with funding for the adoption organization.  The photos submitted will be used in the world’s largest mosaic mural of adopted pets and their people, in New York City’s Union Square Park on March 25!  This is so heart warming and fun! 

As this event is being held by The Petco Foundation and award-winning artist and creator of the MUTTS comic strip, Patrick McDonnel, those who visit the mosaic will be able to meet Patrick along with participate in other fun activities. 

Animal lovers can support the “Love Changes Everything” campaign by making a donation in any Petco, Unleashed by Petco store or online at petcofoundation.org/love. Anyone who makes a donation of $10 or more will receive a limited-edition tote bag featuring MUTTS artwork specifically designed for the Love Changes Everything campaign while supplies last.  Donations are accepted through April 1st.

 

About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $200 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

 

 

Get Creative: Follow Your Art #sponsored

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As a homeschool mom, I strive to help my children stay creative all year round.  One of their favorite things is a wardrobe full of dress up clothes.  They have everything from superhero costumes to fireman hats.  Their imaginations can run wild all day long. 

I also encourage them to pick out their own outfits each morning.  This gives them the chance to be who they want to be that day.  My 7 year old sometimes pairs khakis with his tan zoo shirt, and throws on an explorer vest on top.  Sometimes he throws on his tie dye shirt and asks for gel in his mohawk and calls himself a rock star.  It is so important at this age to let them have freedom and develop a sense of style and personality.  Plus, we can’t always pull off that amazing mohawk when we’re older so let them enjoy it while they can ;) 

Gymboree has hundreds of new styles coming out for spring and I can’t wait to take my boys to check them out!  Gymboree has something for everyone from newborn to about 12.  Get a start on your spring shopping with $14 Dresses, $10 Denim, and $6 Tops, Shorts, Leggings at Gymboree!

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