I’m excited about this morning! It’s my multiples club’s big fall consignment sale, and I’m ready. I used this prep process to get ready for the sale, so I have a list in hand and am ready to shop. My girls need a lot of clothes this time around, as they’re growing like weeds (mostly in the arms and torso, it seems, since everything size 4 doesn’t fit anymore. I’ll check in with you over the weekend to show you what I buy.
Just as school was starting, I did a clothes inventory for both my son and the girls (they share a dresser and closet). They were great sports trying on pants and all the items I had stored away from last spring. The girls wore their heavy winter coats, snowpants, hats, and mittens around the house for an afternoon. From those sessions, I identified what they need. This keeps me from making impulse purchases (whether at a used clothing sale or a retail store) just because something is low-priced or super cute. By sticking to my list, I stay on my budget, and I don’t end up with extra clothes (and too much laundry).
While I’m shopping the consignment sale tomorrow, I’ll look for good brands that I know can handle multiple washings and last through more than one child. My hope is to resell them again at the end of their usefulness to us. That helps me recoup the cost of what I’ve spent and gives me cash to replace clothes for the next year.
If I do need to buy retail—which I do with my son who needs “Slim” sized pants—I wait until a sale comes up, then combine coupons with cashback from Ebates. I buy his jeans and pants new, as inexpensively as I can, then keep them in great condition so I can resell them when we’re done.