Thursday, January 12, 2017

Saving BIG on Clothes

Where do you find incredible deals on clothes??

I have great luck saving big bucks at Old Navy with their credit card rewards combined with coupons, love hand me downs and lately I've had great luck saving tons of money on
NAME BRAND kids clothes at Goodwill.

I know that not everyone loves to shop at Goodwill.  It always has a bit of a funny smell (just being honest :), requires you to dig to find treasures and a trip to Goodwill means that you've got some time to browse.  I don't go to Goodwill every week or even every month.  I do try to go every season.  So recently I planned a Goodwill shopping trip with my mom and sister and we found some really great things.  We left with a car full of great clothes, books and a coffee table.

6 Tips for Finding the BEST Clothes at Goodwill:

1. Look everything over REALLY closely for stains, holes and rips.
2. Look through ALL the racks of kid's clothes 
because great items often get mixed into the wrong section.
3. Shop with a friend who can help keep an eye out for the sizes you're looking for 
and ask them to give a second glance at the items you're interested in.
4. Be open to buying a couple of sizes ahead if you have room to store them and be willing to try on a a variety of sizes in adult clothing.
5. Wash everything as soon as you bring it home.
6. Every Goodwill is different so visit LOTS of them.  Then return to the really good ones :)

My latest Goodwill haul included the following brands:
Osh Kosh, Old Navy, Ralph Lauren, Carters, Chaps Cherokee and two brands from Dillards called Tea and DB Girls

8 name brand REALLY cute shirts in amazing shape
+ two hardback books for $0.50 each.

4 dresses, 2 tops and 1 tutu

17 items for $41.50!!
That's $2.44 an item!!
Can't beat those deals.

We are big fans of adding to our library affordably so I always check out the books at thrift shops.  I'd HIGHLY recommend flipping through your stack of books before paying for them.  Make sure the pages are in tact, that there isn't any writing in the book and that they are in good shape.

I'll share a current favorite kids' book with you today. 
We are loving the book God Made You Nose to Toes by Leslie Parrott.
God Made You Nose to Toes is a really sweet book.  The illustrations are darling and the message of the book is so positive.  There is so much to talk about on each page and the story line facilitates great conversation with your kids about how God made them each unique.  The animals are fun, the rhyming text is easy to read and this book has quickly become a favorite in our house.  My only criticism is that it would have been nice for the story to include both a boy and girl character instead of just a boy.  I think it would make more kids be able to identify with the book.
*I was gifted this book by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review of it.

Do you ever shop at Goodwill??
What are your best thrifting tips??


  1. Wow!! That's awesome. I'd never thought to look there. I always find amazing deals at a local consignment sale. So between that and a few shopping or online orders the kids are set. :)

  2. Great deals! I wish I had more time to dig and lived closer to a Goodwill. I do try to get out and go to yard sales when it's that season of the year.

  3. That is awesome! I never have good luck at Goodwill. and I even always try to go to one closest to high end neighborhoods! and NOTHING!!

  4. I really need to shop Goodwill more often. I had that thought the last time you posted about that place and I still have yet to go more frequently! I should put that on my to do list!

  5. I love shopping at Goodwill!! Salvation Army has some good finds here and there, too!

  6. Since we live in a rural retirement community, we don't have an actual Goodwill, just several independently run thrift shops- so no good for kids clothes. I LOVE Once Upon a Child (Richmond one is my fave) and have gotten loads of the kids' clothes there. I love a bargain. I pick up Gap button ups for Tell for under $4 each and hvae gotten Lawter Gap, Crewcuts, etc. for such steals. I'm also a great Old Navy/Gap online shopper, always using the best codes and requesting price adjustments from checking back frequently!

  7. I want so badly to be a Goodwill shopper! I haven't yet found that gold mine Goodwill store, but I'm hopeful someday I will. Love the great deals you found on those name brands!!

    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

  8. So Goodwill was amazing for Connor when he was younger, think 2 and under. But when boys start to walk and really be boys, clothes don't handle the wear as much. I'm okay with gently used but I don't want to waste money on things that are going to no good to us after a few wears.

  9. Great finds! I used to be a regular Goodwill shopper, but I haven't been there in a while. I definitely need to go back, especially when Henry goes up to the next size.

  10. I'm not a huge fan of Goodwill but only because the local ones don't size their items. The apparel is sorted by color. I love to shop at Salvation Army and The Crossing thrift stores though. I just went the other day and got two coats, a dress, and a blouse for $16. I see nothing wrong with hand-me-downs or secondhand clothing.


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