Jul 30 2010

Here’s what I got for $15


Just got back from The Has Bin, where the $5 clearance bag sale is going on daily because they have so much in stock! Locals, it may or may not continue for August, but if not, you can still get that deal on Fridays.

I got 3 bags full of stuff for $15 total. There were 51 pieces of toddler and baby girl clothes crammed inside, so it was about $0.30 per piece.

I tallied up all the tags to see what the original consignment price would have been: $184.

The regular consignment prices aren’t that bad — they are still most likely cheaper than what you could find on most clearance racks at regular stores, and the quality is good. But the clearance bag sale is where it’s at.

I did find a few NWT items once again. Everything is in fantastic condition, regardless.

I can’t even imagine how much all of this would have cost if I had even paid regular store sale prices!

Jul 29 2010

Spoiled by thrift stores


I’m starting to think I’m spoiled. There really are some great thrift and consignment stores near me, and several of my favorites have some great sales.

At St. Vincent de Paul, for example, they have $0.99 tag sales for a certain tag color each Saturday, and they have weekly specials — many items are half off, depending on the day. Considering they only use 3 colors to tag clothes, it’s usually a huge selection of $0.99 items.

At The Has Bin children’s consignment shop, I go on Fridays where I can fill a grocery sack of clearance-rack items for a mere $5. Maternity clearance items count there, too.

When I know I can get good-quality baby clothes (and really, clothes in my size, too!) for such a small price, it makes me so unable to want to spend any money at a regular retail store.

Last weekend, we were poking around a few baby-clothes sections in the mall. I didn’t even see anything that I loved (just a ton of the same shade of pink…) and I thought the prices were terrible.

$15 is the “sale price” for a frilly little church dress for an infant? Something that might get worn just a couple of times before outgrown? No thanks.

$10 for a onesie and a hat? Are you kidding me?

I was getting sorta frustrated with what I saw, so I went to a thrift store and got my fix. I did “splurge” a little by paying higher than I normally do on an item. I paid $4 for a new-with-tags infant dress with bloomers. The original tag’s regular price was $30. Pfft!

I also got a new-with-tags baby jumper for $3. The brand was Ralph Lauren, and the regular price was torn off the tag but I’m sure it was more than $3.

I also picked up a few sleepers and some clothes in size 3T for Johnny to wear sometime in the future. Got some pants in great condition for $1, some really adorable shirts and a sweater.

Overall, I just feel a whole lot better when I get some nice clothes for way less than I could ever find them at a retail shop. There’s plenty other things I could do with my money than spend it on brand-new baby clothes!

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