My question this week...
For those of you with kids, do you visit just the thrift stores, or do you also visit resale shops for your kids clothing?
I've worked in both in the past, so I know the definite difference is that most resale shops check over everything so there is not a lot of stains, vs thrift stores who just check to make sure there's not an obvious huge flaw such as a rip. For games and books, they also make sure all the pieces or pages are there and that battery operated toys work. I know thrifts tend to be cheaper than resale shops because of this, but it can be hard in the lighting to make sure there's no stains at the thrifts.
I ask because the folks over at Children's Orchard sent me an email this past week with some tips and a link to signing up to their M.O.M.S. club. I actually worked for the competition for a summer when I was in college - loved it! - even though having kids was definitely nowhere near my mind back then. DH blames my love of pricey labels on kids clothing and funky boutique styles on that job.(It's funny, but the thrift store and the children's resale store were the best jobs I ever had besides working for myself!)
I can't vouch for every single store, but I know most stores such as Children's Orchard, Once Upon A Child, and their competition use bright lights that bring out stains. (Uh... on more than occasion I'd get to work and find a stain on what I was wearing that I could SWEAR I did not see at home) At the prices of Goodwill out here, I've actually found a few better deals at the resale shops. I wish we had a Children's Orchard out here, because I've heard a few good things about them. We have a Once Upon A Child, but it's on the other side of the bridge and I'm generally too worn out by the time we get there to bother most of the time.
I like finding the deals, but I cringe taking things to them to sell. Usually when it's something I bought dirt cheap I know I am breaking even or making a profit towards buying the new stuff, but sometimes I just hate being offered $1 for that dress that was worn once and is in perfect condition - I'm sure some of you feel the same way.
(By the way, if you have a Children's Orchard near you, if you sign up for the club, you get a $5 gift card to use on your next purchase! That's why I linked it up above.)
We hit up both Value Village and Goodwill this week - both were rather depressing. The little Johnny Cash shirt is the one I mentioned at few days ago that I found at VV for $2.99. The nice jar I found at Goodwill and was lucky that it was part of their pink tag sale, so it was just $1.29. Course, I wish it was red so it would match my kitchen a little better, but it's still really nice.
(One day I will be better at taking photos of black clothing!)
So have you scored any great deals lately?