I got all our back to school clothes, and only spent $50!

United States
August 7, 2008 9:08am CST
While out and about yesterday, we decided to hit up the local Salvation Army Thrift Store. Well I went hog wild in there, lol. It is unusual to find so many nice things, but there were so many items that still had tags, and were in such nice shape. I bought my daughter 4 pairs of jeans, all of which are designer, 4 tops, 2 jean jackets, and a skirt set. There wasn't as much for boys, but each of my boys got 3 pairs of jeans and 3-4 tops, and I even got myself a tank top and pair of capris, and I only spent $50 on all that! I didn't realize until I left and looked at my reciept that all the clothing was half off the marked price! I didn't spent more than $2 on any particular item. Then I went to Walmart and bought the backpacks, shoes, socks, and underwear. So now the only thing that's left to buy for back to school is the supplies.
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@gemini_rose (16194)
7 Aug 08
Sometimes if you get in those sorts of shops at the right time it is brilliant. I have done it myself before gone in and found everything brand new and designer and then found out they have a sale on too. My kids do not go back to school until the first week in september, but I have already bought the school bags and P.E kits. All I have to get now are the uniforms which should not be too bad, we have got a pretty reasonably priced shop in the town where I live, so it will not involve a huge boring shopping trip!!
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• United States
7 Aug 08
My kids don't go back until the 1st week of September either, but I like having these things done and out of the way so I'm not worrying about it at the last minute.
@gemini_rose (16194)
12 Aug 08
Thanx for BR XxXx
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
7 Aug 08
we shop at thrift stores most of the time at any given time. fortunately, neither of my daughters really need to have new clothes. my older daughter went to camp for 3 weeks and we bought her a bunch of stuff (at a thrift store) and my younger daughter gets a lot of hand me downs. all i have to get still is school supplies (my parents are buying them each a new backpack!)
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• United States
7 Aug 08
I rarely buy my kids any brand new clothes. Sometimes I will give them Salvation Army clothes for holidays too. At their age they just don't care, clothes are clothes. Plus I raised them to appreciate recieving any sort of gift. We aren't made out of money, and times are only getting tougher.
@ravinskye (8245)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Wow that's great! I wish our Salvation Army was that good. It is pretty dingy. There is one I went to a few years ago that was huge and very nice. It was very well organized. Its about 45 minutes away though. I keep saying we are going to go back but we haven't made it there yet. I've only got one starting school this year though so atleast I don't need much. My oldest starts kindergarten.
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• United States
7 Aug 08
I rarely go to the one nearest to me. I always go about a half hour drive, it is large and nice and usually carries better clothing because of the area of town it is in. Actually I go to that side of town frequently for much of my shopping, so it wasn't really out of my way to go there.
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
7 Aug 08
You were in the right place at the right time Kat! Congratulations on your finds! I pop in and out of the local thrift stores when I drive by, even though I'm not looking for anything since that's when I'll usually find something. I wish I could do that, but my kids have uniforms so I'm stuck having to go to the uniform store, or try to find similar ones at Walmart or Penney's. I'll be hitting Dickies this weekend, since that is what my son is wearing these days and he won't wear much else for school. Hope they have a sale or something!
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• United States
7 Aug 08
I think it is best to shop when you aren't looking for anything, that is always when you find the best things. I have no problems buying a winter coat in the middle of summer and just holding on to it if it's the right price.
• United States
7 Aug 08
I wish I was so lucky. My son is so picky. I did stop yesterday at a yard sale and got my daughter some clothes. I spent 20 and got a whole bag full. She will be all set for fall. I did some more school shopping yesterday and spent $185 dollars at Kohl's. I got 3 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs a jeans, 1 hoodie and 10 shirts. I didn't think it was to bad. I still have to buy some long sleeve shirts and a backpack yet. I'll be happy when school starts. I sure wish he would go to the thrift store.
• United States
7 Aug 08
I would never buy expensive clothing for my children. They grow too fast, and destroy the clothes very quickly. My oldest is 11 and honestly he doesn't care how he looks. If I allowed him to he'd never bother to shower or brush his teeth or get hair cuts. He'd wear the same clothes everyday and not bother washing them.... he's just lazy like that. So he doesn't care what he wears. I try very hard to get him to look nice, but he doesn't appreciate his looks at all, or care for how he dresses, and he will not take proper care of his clothing, so there's really no sense in buying him anything more expensive than Walmart clothing... if that.
@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Wow, that is an awesome deal you got there! I love my Salvation Army and Goodwill thrift shops. You can't always find exactly what you need, but then you never know what good deals you might find. I can buy tops and sweaters and such, but my shape is so odd that I have trouble with pants/jeans even when buying new at the store. I can never find anything that works at the thrift stores, except sweatpants and such.
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• United States
7 Aug 08
While I was pregnant I noticed all the maternity stores no longer carried the type of pants I liked, they now only carry low rise maternity pants that don't have that pouch for the tummy. It's almost as if they don't expect fat women to get pregnant, or as if women who've had children always get back to the same shape. Well I had to do ALL of my maternity shopping at thrift stores because I just can't do those low rider pants.
• United States
7 Aug 08
Good for you !!!!! great job.. I have been shopping in those stores and find such great stuff with tags all the time .. you did a great job I love bargin hunters :) My son is all set for school as well just need school supplies for him..
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@tlljones (36)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Now that's what I call shopping! One year I went to our local Goodwill and I stumbled upon a rack of white uniform shirts. They were donated by a local retail store. The shirts still had the tags on them. Goodwill was selling them for $1.50 each. I bought everyone that was my daughter's size. I love a bargain.
@neelygal (1022)
• Bahamas
7 Aug 08
Holy cow!WOW!That is awesome.I wish I could get my kids back to school clothes for such a good price.I havent gotten any yet and I hate to think what I will end up spending.
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@samijo719 (1054)
• United States
7 Aug 08
I love finding bargins like that. I love going on ebay also! You can get the CUTEST shirts for like $3, that's including shipping and I got a cute brand new jean skirt for $5! I love it!
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
7 Aug 08
I love thrift stores. There are not that many around here, but when I go visit family there are a ton to choose from. The Salvation Army by my sisters house sometimes does a 39 cent sale on kids clothes. Each item no matter what it is rings up 39 CENTS! I took my son to Walmart the other day and I got him 1 pair of jeans(he has so many shorts I figured more jeans could wait), 7 shirts, and new underwear. He already got 3 new shirts in the past few weeks, so he is set of shirts. He still needs new shoes, but I have to take him to Shoe Carnival for those and I have not felt like driving all the way there yet.
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@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Wow, Katsmeow, you did great!! Don't think anyone could beat you on that deal! I know the Thrift stores often have new clothing that people have donated that they couldn't wear. That is great!
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• United States
7 Aug 08
If you are looking for cheap cheap clothes go to the DI or if you are looking to spend a little more for name brand clothes go to ROSS it is awesome you can get name brand clothes for more than 60 percent off on like everything is is so cool.
• United States
7 Aug 08
I've never heard of either of those stores, but if they are what I think they are, that's still too much money for me. I won't buy my kids designer clothes just to have them... I only buy designer from second hand stores.
• United States
7 Aug 08
Oh maybe they only have them in certain states. But i get a name brand shirt for like 4 to 6 bucks
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
20 Aug 08
Hi katsmeow1213. Boy, you got some great deals at your Salvation Army Thrift Store. And right before school starts, too. That's wonderful. That must have really cut the overall amount that you spent. When you think about how much you would have spent on all those clothes, it's clear you really got some good deals. You are quite the thrifty shopper! Take care.
@GreenMoo (11842)
18 Aug 08
What an excellent day's shopping! I adore charity shops, which I presume are much the same as the US thrift shops. Sometimes it seems like there's just rubbish on offer, but sometimes you hit a seam of gold and have a wonderful day. One day I went into one just as they put out a whole load of fabulous stuff in exactly my partner's fit, so we bought the lot before it had even finnished hitting the shelves Lol There never seems to be so much for the boys. I guess it's because little boys are hard on their clothes. Mine certainly are, and if they are any indication of average then I can't imagine these sort of shops get much that is fit for resale. I need to do a whole back to school shop too, but I'm going to wait until the last minute. Thankfully I have quite a while yet. I was hoping not to have to buy shoes until then, but I think I'm going to have to buy some now as all the trainers have holes in and look most disreputable!
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
10 Aug 08
My wife has taught our kids well. Her grandmother sent $100 for each of the girls to get new cloths with. They hit the clearance rakes at Walmart, Kmart and Target. There was not a single item of cloths that cost more then four dollars. That is except the youngest. She just had to have blue jeans, But they found some for under ten dollars that she was happy with.
@Theresam (1181)
• United States
8 Aug 08
You got alot of stuff! I really don't do back to school shopping!! I tend to buy stuff on clearance throughout the year. My kids go back in early September so it is still warm enough that they can wear shorts and t-shirts. I do buy new shoes for them to go back. I usually wait for the payless buy 1 get 1/2 sale.
@snoopy04 (718)
• United States
8 Aug 08
I have a Salvation Army Thrift store right down the road from us but I never thought to look in there. But I will now. With four kids and three of them in school I need all the help I can get for back to school clothes. Thanks for sharing.
• United States
8 Aug 08
That is awesome! I am very happy for you! I myself love to go to the local thrift stores, and the Salvation army too. It is hard to believe what some poeple will donate. Things that are still brand new with tags! Gentley worn items that still look brand new! I tell everyone that I know to go check it out. It use to be a not so nice place to shop. I think that some people still have that mind frame. But I still tell them,, I am like look what I just got for pennies on the dollar.. they are coming around! I am making them see the LIGHT!!! LOL
@luvstochat (6916)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Wow you did good. I went to the salvation army once but every piece of clothing they had there was either stained or ripped. I will not go back there again. It is great hte you foudn some nice clohtes in there though! I take my kids outgrown clothes to a consignment shop and make a little extra money off of them when they outgrow them too!