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?
August 13, 2012 at 3:49 am
Wow! Sounds like you got some great stuff at awesome prices!! The monkey shirt is adorable! Sometimes I go online to “window shop” all of the clearance stuff (particularly at gymboree and crazy 8). I almost never order anything because obviously shipping it to Spain would make any good clearance deals totally not worth it. When i know my mom is coming to visit or we are heading home shortly I let myself pick up some stuff, but otherwise I’m out of luck. And the Spanish people have not picked up at all on the awesomeness of consignment stores/sales. Maybe it’s something I need to look into importing. Like soft pretzels.
August 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm
Are there brands there in Spain that you prefer? I’d be curious to see what’s popular there.
August 14, 2012 at 3:59 am
Yay! I love clothes and now I have an excuse to talk about them!!
There are some good brands here, and particularly during the semianual sale period (when literally the whole country is on sale) there are some really good deals.
Zara is one of my favorites. They have them in the States, although not everywhere (I know they do in Chicago if you ever get that way). The style is very Euro-pop if that makes any sense. Think a cafe au lait in the park, sunglasses on even if it’s shady… http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/us/en/zara-us-W2012/269287/827168/sweater%20with%20hood%20and%20elbow%20patches
There’s a French company called Du Pareil Au Meme which also has really cute stuff. They’re sort of trippy in that they use a lot of contrasting patterns and a lot of appliques of monsters, animals, mushrooms, etc. They’re VERY French.
And finally, if you want to see sort of the standard of Spanish baby clothes, go here to Gocco:
It’s preppy and matchy-match, but also quite cute a lot of the time. In my opinion, a bit overdone for day-to-day life. I have a lot of their pieces but not a lot of their outfits because they are just impractical for daycare.
So there you have it! See something you like? I can send a care package! 😉
August 13, 2012 at 4:34 am
You are too funny! I haven’t been able to get obsessed with shopping for baby stuff because we get boxes of hand-me-downs shipped to us when the time is approaching. It’s a good thing for me because, like you, once I start it’s hard to stop!
August 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm
Can you go shopping for me AND Chloe please? I do love consignment shops these days, and our sales are getting ready to start for the fall here in a few weeks. I love you and your spreadsheets too. 🙂
August 13, 2012 at 11:56 pm
Awe, thanks! Spreadsheets make me happy!
Next time I come down to KC (we go a few times a year), we should get together and go consigning!!!!
August 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm
I love consignment shopping too! It can be addicting and my only advice for managing an obsession/addiction, is to replace it with another one. LOL. Seriously that’s how I do. 🙂 Eating too much chocolate? Become obsessed with cherry tomatoes from the garden. Buying too much from consignment? Throw yourself into a craft/sewing/reading type project. You know, I always have to have an obsession or life gets too dull. 🙂
August 13, 2012 at 11:56 pm
I am the same way!!!!
August 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm
I have the same problem- G has WAY too many clothes. I recently lent all his newborn to 12 mo clothes to a friend who just had a baby boy and was shocked at how many tubs I had! And I can just imagine how much worse it will be if I have a girl next- eek! thankfully, I have lots of friends who are willing to share clothes! I love consignment shopping too though- nothing better than getting a great deal!
August 13, 2012 at 11:58 pm
I always say that I’m going to be in big trouble if we ever have a girl! Girl stuff is so fun!
Are you going to find out what you’re having? I think that was where all my problems came from – knowing ahead of time and having all that time to buy stuff. HA! But I’ll find out again next time too!
August 15, 2012 at 11:56 am
I am the same way, I don’t buy anything for myself anymore, btu I go overboard with kids clothes!
August 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm
As long as I’m going overboard buying something, then I’m happy. HA!