I visited a consignment store that sells only children's clothing and items. They have a punch card and with my previous purchases, I saved 15% of my total and earned 5 punches to my next 15% reward. This store sells all manner of "gently used" clothing but does have some name-brand items. I came home spending $50 and change and this is what I bought for winter for my 2 boys (ages 3 and 5):
2 pair snow pants (bibs)
1 pair snow boots (almost like new)
6 sweaters (2 were "name brand") I'll admit, I bought the 2 name-brand b/c they had a 3T and size 6 and they matched. I'm going to use them for our Christmas card picture--this may be the last year I can dress them the same, LOL. New, these sweaters would have been over $40 each (at Dillard's, Younkers, Macy's etc).
2 pair winter PJs
4 pair jeans (one had store tags still on them!)
4 long-sleeved shirts (thermal or cotton knit)
1 pair khaki dress pants (Land's End--with adjustable waist!)
1 pair brown dress shoes (OshKosh).
Now, I could have paid less at garage sales and maybe thrift stores. But what I like about this consignment store is that it is clean, they don't accept torn or dirty items, it is very well organized both by size of clothing and type of clothing. And they always have a great selection. I knew I could buy the snow pants, boots, dress shoes there as well as the other clothing. I was there about 20 minutes and found everything I needed for my boys--I didn't have to dig through piles. For me, the savings in time was also important to me. Garage sailing could have taken up my entire morning (and gas) driving to 3-4 different sales areas and while I was out, I was able to go to Walgreen's, CVS and my bank since they are all in the same 2 block retail area as the consignment store.
Do you have a favorite consignment store? I think after baby 3 comes (our last), I will start sending clothes over to this consignment store to earn extra cash.
I've been pleased with purchases at this place in the past and think I may visit there again in the spring--and if I have a baby girl. They had some of the cutest baby girl clothes for $2. We utilize hand-me-downs but I needed just a few more things to round out my boys' winter clothing. And some of these looked brand-new!