Clothes shopping can be a struggle on many levels. Not only can this put a financial strain on your family but it can also drive tough negotiations when it comes to your child’s stylish requests...especially as they get older. Whether it’s the hunt for the latest trendy outfit, the must-have popular sneaker or even just the cool basics for after-school activities, these fashionable desires can be an opportunity for your child to get more involved in this decision-making process. 

Maybe you are already a consignment junkie and you get the benefits of saving money and recycling clothing, but do your kids get that too? Supplementing just half of your child’s clothing with consignment can save you hundreds of dollars and really....wouldn't it be nice to create little consignment shoppers for life? Think about the impact they will have on our environment and the money they will save. Here are some tips for turning your kids into consignment shoppers: 


Same name brands: 
If your child is driven by name brands, no problem! When you shop online consignment, you will typically find the same name brands as you would find at the mall. Under Armour, Gap, American Eagle, Nike, Justice, Mini Boden....they are all there! Buying consignment increases your overall savings and affords you the luxury of buying more of your child’s favorite brands. Picking out more outfits will surely be a hit! 


Unique Style:
 If your fashionista is looking for something trendy but wants a unique style, consignment offers great pieces that can be styled together. Most consignment stores have just one of each item which makes the purchase even more special. The key to shopping online consignment is to go into with an open mind and have fun!  Look for cute and mix and match! There are so many great finds out there and you can just hang out on your couch and shop! 


Love our planet: Kids of all ages love to learn about our environment and how we can love our planet. When we buy consignment, we extend the life of these garments. This allows us to reduce the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills and reduces our carbon footprint. It’s not just a money saving trend, it’s good for our environment too! This is a lifelong lesson that can create generational change. 


Avoid the Stores: You don’t have to wait for seasonal consignment sales, you can shop online for consignment anytime. Let the kids jump on Josie's Friends (josiesfriends.com) and fill up their cart with great looks! They also have an easy return policy so you can shop with ease. Ebay is another great choice for buying second hand, they usually ship fast.  


What tips do you have for turning your kids into consignment shoppers?  I'd love to hear from you!

 

Christy Duncan

 

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