1- Special occasion
dressing. If you'll be wearing a ball gown for four hours, a
mother-of-the-bride outfit for three, or, heaven help you, a clown costume for
two hours, why buy new? You can save enough buying such outfits gently-used to
have a much more special occasion!
2- Holiday photo
attire. Same reasoning here: Sure, little Emma or Aiden would look adorable
posing in that red velvet concoction, but face it: it only needs to be used for
30 minutes. Buy an outfit second-hand and save enough to order extra prints
for the family!
3- Holiday attire of
any kind. Sure, that Halloween sweatshirt's cute, but you'll wear it
what, 3 times? Buy it used for a few bucks, and it's not frightfully expensive.
Buy it new for $40 or $50? And pay $15 per wearing? Enough to scare the
daylights out of your budget!
As one resale shopkeeper said: "The words do not get read off the page! Let
someone else pay the new price!"
Children's interests change so fast, chances are the toy you find in a
consignment or resale shop has barely been played with. (Or maybe not at all, if
Great-Uncle Joe didn't understand little Kelly's interests...) And chances are also
good that when it ends up in the bottom of your child's toy box, there will be
another child eager to play with it, so you can reconsign it!
6- Home accent
pieces. Artwork & other home decor items rarely show wear but do
show the homemaker's tastes and interests. Interesting pieces from exotic lands
or other times, are readily found at reasonable prices in resale shops of all
7- Kids' clothing.
Just about anything you could put on your child is better bought secondhand:
Newborn clothing abounds in resale, especially because an infant simply grows
too fast to wear all the darling outfits purchased as gifts.
7a- Then there is
toddler clothing. One resale shopkeeper says, "My toddler will
wear an outfit to preschool once and it comes home covered in finger paint and
glitter glue, ground-in dirt from the sandbox or grass stains from the yard, and
cranberry juice or other remnants of lunch. When I buy it already used, it's no
problem when it comes home in a shambles."
7b- Older children
adore costumes and make-believe clothes. Fill their dress-up boxes
with fun items purchased at resale shops and let their imaginations take wing!
They ALWAYS fit better used. Women's, men's, kids'. Someone else gets to have them shrink after the
A green vase for pine boughs, a pastel tablecloth for your spring party,
a windbreaker for vacation or snow boots when you live in Georgia. Why buy
new, accumulate enough that you have to rent a storage place... when you can
buy used, enjoy it for the short time you need it, then reconsign, resell, or
donate it back and let someone else use it?
of all sorts. Who wants to look like they bought their jewelry at the local
department store? Their belt at the same mall store everyone in town goes to?
Quality accessories show your style and taste. A gently-used authentic designer
piece costs little more than the cheap illegal knock-off bought from dubious