If there’s one thing I hate spending a ton of money on, it’s clothes. Styles come and go too frequently for my taste, and the thought of spending $40 on one garment just makes me cringe. That’s why I shop for clothes in more unconventional ways.
In the early days of my marriage, I think my hubby was embarrassed that I bought used clothes. He always bought them new, and didn’t understand why I didn’t want to do the same. I made less money back then than I do now, so I wasn’t about to waste my entire retail paycheck on the latest pair of “fashionable” shoes. My goal was simply to find quality, brand name clothes for less money.
Fast forward about 17 years, and my clothes shopping habits have not really changed much. However, there are a lot more options available now, and that’s what I want to share with you today. I hardly ever shop at regular department stores because what I’ve been able to find through thrifty shopping is just as good or better. I regularly find clothes from such brands as –
- Ann Taylor
- Calvin Klein
- Michael Kors
- Jones New York
- White House | Black Market
Here’s my list of 5 great places where you can find brand name clothes for less. 🙂
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Shopping at thrift stores has been my go-to option since the very beginning. Where I live, there are not a ton of options for thrift stores, but I do pretty well at Goodwill, the Salvation Army Store, and a couple of smaller local shops. I cannot tell you how many times I have found clothes with the tags still on them and with prices that would give my bank account a heart attack. There’s just no reason to pay that much!!!
What makes these places even better is shopping on sale days. Half price days are common at both Goodwill and Salvation Army, but the days vary at both stores. For instance, it’s normal for Salvation Army to have 1/2 price tags on a certain color tag throughout the week, but then put all clothes at half price every Wednesday.
Probably the best thing I have available near me is the Goodwill Bargain Barn. To shop there, you need patience and a shopping cart cuz you’ll be there awhile. It’s similar to shopping at a yard sale in the sense that there is no dressing room, and you need to know your size based on the brand before you go in. All the clothes are priced at $1.75/lb. They rotate the bins of clothes every 30-45 minutes, and I’ve been known to be in there for 2 hours and not even realize it. Hey, in the end it’s all worth it – I usually leave with a giant bag of clothes (at least 25-30 pieces, maybe more if they’re lightweight) for $20-$30. That’s my kind of deal!
I didn’t even know this was a thing until I first joined Instagram, but there are some ladies that are making some serious $$$ selling their brand name clothes for less on IG! Instagram originally caught my eye thanks to this video. I had no idea that women were finding and offering such great bargains on social media!
I haven’t gone clothes shopping there in several months, but there are definitely some bargains to be had. For instance, I bought a beautiful pair of light tan Talbot’s dress pants for about $10, and they were in perfect condition.
The downside of shopping on Instagram is similar to the Bargain Barn in that you need to know your size based on the brand. Most of the time, there is no return policy so you’ll need to shop carefully.
These stores will vary according to your area, but there are some chain stores that have started to pop up such as Clothes Mentor, Plato’s Closet, and Once Upon a Child (for babies and kids). There are one or two other local stores in my area that I visit frequently, too.
Here’s what I like to do – take the clothes you’re no longer wearing into the store. Don’t worry too much if they won’t take everything…they really can’t. Once you’ve been given your offer, some stores will offer you an additional percentage if you want to apply it to store credit. For instance, Clothes Mentor will give me an additional 25% of my offer if I use it as store credit rather than have them pay me cash.
Other stores work the opposite. You only get a payout once your item(s) sell. In those cases, I like to wait until my items have sold before I go back in to cash out/shop.
Consignment stores are picky because they only want to accept the items they think their shoppers will buy. Take great care of your clothes, keep them in resale condition, and you’ll be able to “trade” for some new-to-you items every few months.
Swap.com is a new site for me, and boy, it is addicting!! They literally have over 50,000+ items in stock ready to buy – HOLY COW!!! The prices they have are so affordable, and you really can’t go wrong if you check out their clearance section. There you’ll find additional savings of 25-35%. Some shirts are as low as $5 which is a great bargain.
One thing I love about them is that they have a maternity section. In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than having to buy a certain type or size of clothes that’s worn for a few months. And if you’ve shopped for brand new maternity clothes, you know that they’re priced ridiculously high. That’s what makes Swap.com a great source for maternity clothes. When I’m ready to plan for baby #2, I will definitely be shopping there first!
Most importantly, it’s a great site to share with your friends. Every time you refer a friend that makes a purchase, you get a $20 credit!
Last but not least are yard sales. I don’t get out to many of these anymore simply because of time constraints, and truthfully, there aren’t too many things better in this life than sleeping in on a Saturday morning. But if you’re an early riser and love a bargain, then you can score some incredible deals on clothes at yard sales. In my opinion, clothes are always in abundance. To find the nicer brand-name options, you really need to go to the nicer areas of your town/city.
Before you head out, have a game plan in place. A lot of people now post their yard sales on Craigslist and Facebook (specifically the buy/sell groups). Map out an area with the addresses you want to visit, and be on the road at least before 7am. The early bird really does get the worm when it comes to yard sales!
So, there you have it – 5 amazing places where you find brand name clothes for less! By visiting some of these places occasionally, you can have a fresh, stylish closet for next to nothing!
Where do you typically do your bargain clothes shopping? I’d love to know your tips, too!