Okay, so I'm a total consignment sale shopper. Full price is ridiculous, in fact, sale prices are ridiculous. I went into Children's Place in January only to find 50% off sales. I asked the clerk when there would be further markdowns and then I left. I wasn't going to pay 50% off for those clothes when I can get some that are very similiar at a consignment sale or shop for much less. Several weeks after that Childrens Place incident I went to their website where I found 8 clothing items for $28 after shipping and taxes. Now that is my kind of sale.
Now, this is for my kids' clothes, mind you. If I'm shopping for myself you might find me at Banana Republic or Nordstrom. Not that I'm buying...I'm just shopping.
I've even started checking out consignment stores for my own clothing. At the Buffalo Exchange in Houston, I found a pair of Joe's Jeans (usually in the 100-200 range) for $32. I also bought 2 other pairs of jeans that day for a total of $64. That's not a bad way to buy high end jeans. I won't be buying Nordstrom jeans any time soon...at least til all 3 kids are out of college!
Our annual Twin Sale is coming up next weekend. This means chaos reigns at my house as a I ready EVERYTHING we own to be hauled to Hilliard for a giant sale. It does over 60,000 dollars worth of business in 6 hours. That's pretty impressive. Members get 90% of their sale price back while the other 10% goes to March of Dimes and other non-profit organizations.
This past Fall I bought my daughter several pairs of jeans in size 4. Unfortunately, she wore size 5. I REALLY didn't want to go to the real store to pay real money for this mistake but after a trip to our local consignment shop, I was relegated to Target for a pair of $8.99 jeans. I HATE to spend that much on jeans for a then 4 year old. Well, just 4 months after I bought those jeans there is a hole in the knee while the one pair of consignment jeans I found are in perfect condition. Ugh! That's why I love consignment shopping.
Oh, and my Joe's Jeans get worn almost everyday...with no holes!