I love to read Postcards from Insanity. This week she was blogging about one of her vices. Her 4 year old daughter has a closet to die for. She is trying to change her shop-a-holic ways. Her daughter has clothes by designers I didn't even know existed. She spawned a conversation about how much parents spend on their children wardrobe. I mentioned Goodwill.
I don't know about the rest of the country, but Northern Indiana has the BEST Goodwill stores on the planet. They are pretty good about weeding out articles of clothing that are too worn or stained or ripped. Of course it takes time to go through the racks and bins of clothing but it is so worth it on a limited budget. The rack clothing is $2.50 and stuff in the bins is $.95. At least once every 6 weeks or so they have a 50% off sale on a Friday and Saturday. On days that are not 50% off they have great coupons on the back of a local grocery store's receipts.
My mom is a rabid Goodwill shopper. She probably stops at a Goodwill at least every other day. She has kept my kids in clothes and shoes for years now at such a phenomenal price that it has become her obsession. On 50% off days we usually try to hit all 5 stores in town. I stock up on good stuff that are too big and catalog them in the attic in bins for the next season or the next size change.
Today we went to 3 stores on a 50% off day. I was just in the attic this week and found that we are pretty out of options for McCartney. She has very little up there for the next size. I thought I would illustrate the kind of deals we get by listing what we bought today . . .
1 pair Guess capri khakis
1 pair of Children's Place jean capris
1 pair of snow-pants
1 pair of Candies tennis shoes with sequins and flower pattern
1 Arizona velour jacket that matches a pair of pants she already has
1 pair of snowman flannel pajama pants
1 Abercrombie T shirt
4 short sleeve polos from SO
1 short sleeve Mudd shirt
2 short sleeve Children's Place summer T's
1 short sleeve Energie T
1 short sleeve Old Navy T
1 Happy Bunny T
2 summer tanks from Circo
1 Children's Place mini skirt with shorts under
1 denim mini skirt
1 long gypsy skirt with cute sparkle trim
2 long sleeve knit shirts from Children's Place
2 pairs of Gap sunglasses
2 pairs of shorts
1 pair of Children's Place khaki cords
1 Children's Place dress
1 Old Navy Long sleeve polo
1 Old Navy short sleeve polo
1 Old Navy long sleeve shirt
1 Children's Place long sleeve plaid button up shirt
2 pairs of jeans (Levis and Lee)
1 long sleeve plaid shirt
2 long sleeve knit shirts
2 short sleeve T
1 summer tank
1 pair of Nike shorts
1 long sleeve Wes and Willy knit shirt
2 packages of kid hangers - 10 each
8 board books for the church nursery
1 leopard print CD holder
1 See-n-Say for the church
Grand Total : $43.05
Seriously. Why would you shop anywhere else? This is not even mentioning the LOADS of clothes my mom got for my nieces and nephews. We did all this in 4.5 hours. We rock!
Some days I wave.
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