Sunday, September 7, 2008

Consignment Shopping for Winter Wardrobe

I've gone through many clothing sizes in the past 5 years, due to having 2 children in fairly rapid succession.  My size has gone from many years of being at a stable weight, to maternity, to decrease, to maternity again (larger this time), to decrease, and still working on it...

My "many sizes" have created havoc in my wardrobe.  Throw in the changing seasons (per the previous post), and I find myself with nothing to wear.  So today I started my journey for buying reused winter clothing for myself.  I can't stand the thought of my daughter being too cold and not having seasonally appropriate clothing, but I can stand a few chills myself.  So my incremental build begins.

I'm still looking for winter shoes in consignment and thrift stores.  My tip for buying reused shoes is to buy ones that look as new as possible. Otherwise they've probably molded to somebody else's foot shape. Not comfy.

Has anyone else had size "issues" with their wardrobes?  Or other wardrobe issues? How do you handle it?


Annie Jones said...

Mine is less a size issue as it is a shape issue. I weight the same as I have for about 6 years now, but the weight has gradually shifted more to my belly than it's ever been before.

Thus, I've been trying to gradually move a way from the typical jeans and t-shirts to something a little more flattering (for me, that means longer tunic-style tops). I hate buying brand new, but I'm finding I have to in order to get that look right now. I've watched sales and clearances closely and have found tops ranging from $4.50 to $12.00.

Sarah said...

I have a weird shape which makes consignment shopping impractical for my clothes. What I do instead is to buy the highest quality clothes I can. I don't buy much (especially since I realized that I only wear a few favorite things over and over--I don't need a lot of diversity I guess) and what I do buy I want to last.

Here's an example: I only have one pair of shoes for summer. They are a pair of sandals and they cost me about $100. Outrageous, I know. But I only have the one pair; I can wear them to church and hiking on the trails (because they are so comfy) and they will easily last five or more years. When the elastics by the buckles go bad, I bring them to the shoe repair shop and have them fixed so I can continue to wear them. I may spend a lot on one pair of shoes, but I get a lot of comfortable usage out of them and it cuts down on my overall consumption. I had them repaired recently and had to get a cheap-o pair of shoes to wear while they were "in the shop" at Target. $15 and the shoes I purchased didn't last a week! They are sitting in a landfill now while my quality shoes are still on my feet.

It's not thrifty, at least up front, but I consider buying high quality clothing items to be a green option. As long as you don't buy much! :)

Striving Green said...

Thanks for the comment Annie. You can certainly get good deals when you buy out of season.

And Sarah, great point about buying quality, not quantity.