Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bargain Hunting

I think I've mentioned in the past how much I adore Goodwill. During my teen years, peer pressure always got the best of me. I had this notion in my head that anything other than department store was not acceptable. However, now that I am a Mom and paying for my own clothes, I am up for anything. I'm also not a size 0, so I love being able to buy consignment or second hand clothes that have been delightfully worn in a bit. It means that when I get the clothes home, they always fit perfectly. I also hate to try anything on in the store, which I was surprised to find out from others that I am not the only one.

I grew up on Goodwill clothing and consignment deals. My Mom was a single mother, and I am not ashamed to say that Goodwill, or other discount stores were our choice of shopping locations. I think we all know that child support checks only go so far, so Goodwill was a blessing. When I when I was little, I loved how vintage everything was in stores, such as Goodwill. It felt as if I were walking back in time, and I've always felt like I belonged in the 60s. Either way, Goodwill is not as "vintage" as I once remembered. I have found some great antiques, but I have also found really good deals on clothing, especially for my son.

Now that I am showing much more in this pregnancy, stuffing myself into clothing for church on Sundays have been unbearable. I was determined to find something. So, Mom and I left Jayden with his Daddy and Poppy and we went consignment hunting. We also went to a shop nearby that is a Christian consignment store. Many of you probably have one in your town as well. It is where people donate clothing and then the store resells it to the public so that they can earn money for the community, or for those in crisis. They had some great sales going on. All items that are stocked in the store that have been there for 90 days or more are 75% off, and items that are less than 90 days are 25% off. They also had some $1 racks, which we practically drooled over. :)

Here are my clothing deals for the month:

Christian Outreach Center

*Toddler 2-Piece Pyjamas $1 (on clearance rack)
*Summer Embroidered Ladies Tunic $1
*Ladies Lounge Pants $4 (after 25% discount)
*Infant Long-Sleeve Onsie $1


Goodwill

*Infant Jacket (from Gap) $2.75
*2 infant T-shirts $2.00 (these were supposed to be $1.75 each, but for some reason she only charged me $1.00 a piece)
*Ladies Denim Skirt $3.75
*3 Short Sleeve Maternity Shirts $11.25
*2 Long Sleeve T-Shirts $7.50
*Lounge Pants $3.75

The cashier informed me that they have a customer preferred card, which I had no idea about. You spend $15 for a one year membership, and you will receive 10% off with each purchase. If you shop there regularly, it would really pay for itself. Also, thanks to the Work At Home Mafia website, I found out that Goodwill has a website! It is called Goodwill Too, and you can purchase the items on the site.


Family Dollar is also having a clothing sale right now. Certain racks are 40% off. Most of it is summer clothing, but I did find a winter nightgown on sale for $5.39. I would love to hear about your clothing deals for the month!




1 comment:

Charlene said...

Hello Crystal,
My name is Charlene Sarmiento and I work for Goodwill Industries International. I just read your kind words about Goodwill. Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm! Your purchase supports job training programs in your local community.

I wanted to let you know that the Goodwill Too website you referenced in your Sept 17 is run by the Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, which is in St.Petersburg, FL. Goodwill has an online auction site called www.shopgoodwill.com, which is similar to ebay. 128 Goodwills around the country sell on shopgoodwill.com and there are some awesome deals.

You don't have to post my comment on your blog. I just wanted to say hello and thanks :)

Have a great weekend.

Sincerely,
Charlene Sarmiento
Media Relations Specialist
Goodwill Industries International
charlene.sarmiento@goodwill.org