I can hardly remember the last time I bought something off the rack for the full retail price, I am always scanning clearance racks and bargain stores, waiting for something to go on sale. I recently bought a snowboard at a thrift store for $15. I usually price things out by researching online before I purchase it so I knew that was an extremely good deal. I gave it to my 12 year old for his birthday. I still have to find the boots and bindings, which are pretty expensive, but I will be searching the online classifieds for a good deal. I have definitely passed on my thriftiness to some of my kids. One son told me he’d rather shop at thrift stores because he can find, for instance, a similar sweater to what you can find at the mall for $40 at the thrift store for less than $10. It makes me so proud. They still like to be fashionable, though they all have their own style, but they find a way to do that on a budget. A daughter likes to shop at Plato’s Closet, they pay people for their gently used clothing and sell it to others at a discounted rate, but have more variety of better brands than a thrift store.
For the young children we usually find some season close-outs in the next size up for the following season, and then when they outgrow those items we stick them off in storage totes again for the next child to grow into, and then the next child and so on.
Oftentimes we will get offered bags of clothing just because we have a lot of kids. I don’t mind saving people a trip to the thrift store. If we can’t use it I usually know someone who can. Sometimes there have been some great finds in those bags. If we ever get boys pants that are somewhat in style without holes in the knees from size 5 to size 18 it’s pretty great! Sometimes there is hardly anything usable. One time we were excited to get about 20 bags of clothing from a garage sale at the end of the day, we told them we would save them a trip to the thrift store. We got it home to sort through it and it was all grandma stuff not even my grandmas would wear! The kids had fun dressing up in them for a few days and off to the thrift store it went.
One thing we don’t get enough of?. . .Socks!