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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.

5 Ways to Combat the Harsh, Dry Winter Air

 

This winter has seemed like one of the driest I have been through.  Maybe I am just getting older and my hair and skin aren’t what they used to be.  I have taken some steps to combat this harsh dry air and would love to share them with you! 

  1. Use a humidifier.  There are multiple types of humidifiers. Think about the area you spend the most time in at home or work.  Is it a small enclosed space or a big open area?  
    1. whole house – whole house humidifiers are a bit more costly and can help add humidity to the entire house. 
    2. room – room sized humidifiers are great for a bedroom or office.
    3. personal – have you seen these cute little personal humidifiers?  They are perfect to keep at your desk or just carry around with you for a little extra moisture in the air! 
  2. Stay hydrated.  This is one of the most important!  If your skin and hair are dry, chances are the rest of your body is too.  Keep hydrated and drink a little extra during those dry winter months. 
  3. Take shorter, cooler showers.  Hot water will pull natural protective oils from your skin and dry it out much more quickly than cool water.  The longer you are exposed to the water, the more those natural oils will wash away. 
  4. Use moisturizing products.  This seems to be common sense, but I can’t tell you how often I forget to moisturize.  Pick natural moisturizers that soak up well into your skin and use them as necessary. 
  5. Eat healthy, nutritious foods
    1. nutrients will help your skin stay healthy
    2. water in fruits will help hydrate your body

 

The best time to be a kid!

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Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, and as a parent, it has become even more amazing.    With all of the joy and magic surrounding the holiday, Christmas really is the best time to be a kid!

As I drove my children home from the grocery store a couple days ago, they were in awe at Christmas lights and decorations as we passed by.  It was almost as if they had never seen any before because the joy on their faces was unbelievable.  But even as we saw more, their excitement never faded. 

One way we love to connect with the holidays is to dress up in fun holiday inspired outfits.  This year, Gymboree has a great holiday collection for your adorable little kiddos and you should definitely take a look to see what they have!  My favorite of course is the Gymboree Holiday Boy Collection – I can’t wait to head to the store and pick out some of my favorites to bring home! 


 Gymboree Sale On Now!

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