Can you become addicted to consignment shopping? Seriously – I have got a serious addiction starting – it’s like a challenge to me. This all started just a week ago.
Let me start at the very beginning with a bit of history to help explain myself.
I have a problem with buying clothes for my child. Matthew has too many clothes. When I get ready for him to move into the next size grouping, I put the old grouping in tubs and find things in his drawers that still have the tags on them. Things that I totally forgot about. Case in point – it is almost Labor Day here in the states and you’re not supposed to wear white pants after labor day. Matthew has a pair of white pants and a sailor suit with the tags still on them that I found today – and now I’m in a rush to have him wear these items before Labor Day. We may not make it – the white pants go with a sweater and it’s too hot for a sweater. It looks as though the 12-18 month tubs are going to have some hang tags in them.
In my defense, I am one hell of a bargain shopper. Matthew may have too many clothes, but not a single thing was bought at full price and most everything was purchased for about 25-40% of the original price long before he was born. I bought everything about 9 months in advance so everything he is wearing this summer was new last summer (I buy things on clearance at the very end of the season or even later into the next season). I used to keep a spreadsheet before Matthew was born of everything I’d bought in each size, tracking the price paid for each (you’re nodding your head, SRB, saying, “of course you did!”) – and my average price per item (jeans, overalls, sweaters, shirts, shoes, etc.) was about $7-$8.
But all of the justification and bargain shopping in the world does not negate the fact that I buy this kid too many clothes. B is going to read this post and I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t put his first comment on my blog. I am lucky he hasn’t left me over this because there have been times when I just cannot. stop.buying.baby.clothes. He’s always been very kind to me about this and would gently ask when the Gym.boree or J.anie and J.ack boxes were going to stop coming to the house. (Thank you, B!)
I tempered this obsession about 9 months ago because, well… I had everything we needed through 12 months of age. I geared up to buy Matthew’s 12-18 month summer clothes but did that quickly and then stopped. Now I need to get the 18-24 month clothes stocked up and I am just over buying things brand new. Brand new is great, especially at $7-$8 for each item – but now that we’re buying closer to the time we need the clothes (because I didn’t buy them way in advance because I didn’t know how quickly Matthew was going to grow), they’re costing much more than $7-$8 per item and I’m just not doing it. But I’m also not going to stick him in boring clothes. So what is a gal to do? Consignment shop!
I thought I had hit the jackpot on Thursday, but that does not even hold a candle to what I scored today. SERIOUSLY! Look at this:
I went into the first store and went straight to the clothing rack and started pulling all sweaters in 18 months – 2T that were from Gymb.oree, Janie and Ja.ck, and G.ap. I did not care if I liked it or not – if it was one of those brands, I pulled it. I did the same thing with the jeans and shorts and then T-shirts. Then I went through to decide which items I did and did not like and put things back that I didn’t like or really need. My test is always, “would I have bought this brand-new had I had the chance?” If the answer was yes, it was going home with me. The first store was fantastic and I got a lot of stuff – and nothing cost more than $7 (and most items were $5 or less). The items that cost $7 still had hang tags on them. The second store was a bust but I did find a cute bowling set that the neighbor kids have that Matthew loves. We then went to a third store that had some great things but not as many as the first place.
So what did I get? For a total of $145.40, I got:
- 9 sweaters (2 with hang tags)
- 2 sweatshirts
- 1 pair of jammies
- 6 t-shirts
- 1 pair of shorts
- 5 pair of pants
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 hat (with hang tags)
- 1 bead chasing toy
- 1 bowling set
- 1 board book
My average price per item was $5.01 and we are stocked up for 18-24 months.
But I’m still going to another couple of stores tomorrow because… I don’t really know why. Maybe because I’m now obsessed?