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Shop These Back To School Trends At Goodwill To Save Big This Year!
Back to School clothing expenses can put major stress on the family budget. The biggest cost for many families, in trying to prepare their kids for school each year, is what they spend on school clothes per kid. We have some tips on how you can do some of your back to school clothing shopping at Goodwill, to save big, but without sacrificing style for your kids.
You do not have to do all of your shopping at Goodwill to see significant savings. Head there with an idea of a few key pieces you want to look for (we have some suggestions below), and start by saving on those. You can then go to then go to other retail stores and add to your wardrobe. Even supplementing your back to school wardrobe with some strategic thrift pieces can help you save tons on school shopping. If you are paying $5 per shirt verses $20 (just as an example of the kinds of savings we have seen), buying 3 shirts at the thrift store could save you $45 on shirts alone. If you have more then one kiddo, those savings will really add up.
PLUS, mark your calendars now, because there is a Goodwill Labor Day coming up (Sept 3rd), where you will save even more. The sale is 50% off all clothing, accessories, shoes and furniture for THAT DAY ONLY. Stores will be busy I am sure, so I would shop early for the best selection.
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The other thing that I love, is that when you are thrift shopping at Goodwill, you are not only saving money, but also supporting some great job training programs. We share more details on how the Goodwill retail shops supports 30 career and lifeskills training programs in our article here too.
Shop distressed jeans at Goodwill
Distressed jeans with that worn look, or jeans with holes in them, are huge this year. They are all over the mall, and they can be pricey. Why not save lots of money by buying jeans that have been naturally distressed through wear at Goodwill. Not only will you find some much more affordable options here, another option is to try to distress them yourself. I have one kiddo who is in between kid sizes and adult sizes. The adult jeans are not a good fit for her, and its harder to find the distressed ones she likes in kid sizes, so we thought we would create our own holes in her jeans. For this we will be buying thrift jeans at a bargain, verses buying them new and risking ruining brand new jeans.
Shop for designer jeans at Goodwill
Goodwill is always a great spot to look for name brand jeans at huge savings. Back to school season is no different. You can find some great deals on name brand jeans your kids like to wear at significant discounts over buying them brand new.
One tip I love to share with people year round, is that having your clothes tailored can make a big difference in what you love and what you just like in your wardrobe. I love to look for a great pair of second hand designer jeans (they often are still in great condition) and then spend a little extra to have them hemmed or tailored. That way I end up with a pair of great jeans that are custom fit just for my shape, and still spend less then I would buying them brand new.
Retro Graphic Tees are in, and you can find some real bargains at Goodwill
We saw all kinds of retro style graphic tees in most of the clothing stores this year. Save your time and money, by stopping in for those at Goodwill. There are usually lots of these types of styles for your kids/tweens/teens to choose from, and your dollar will stretch so much further here.
Plaids are in this year, and we saw some nice ones at Goodwill!
I was just out in the malls with my kids, and they both wanted plaid shirts. I was surprised at how much simple plaid shirts go for. A great alternative is to shop for trendy items at Goodwill, and pay a lot less for them. We found plaids in our local Goodwill for around $4.99 (compare that to the example I show you from the mall for $34.99, to give you and idea of how you can keep your kids trendy but save big).
This outfit was at one of the local Goodwill’s, and its a great looking plaid shirt (same colors we found in full price retail shops) and 1969 jeans, also in great shape. The plaids are in for both boys and girls this year, so save big on those items by shopping Goodwill verses full price stores.
Stripes are everywhere!
My kids bought lots of striped shirts this year. Goodwill recently brought in some young people to find their favorite outfits at Goodwill for back to school. This one shows a striped shirt that Whitney Adams found and rocked.
Compare the shirt that Whitney found above, the plaid shirt and overalls all found at Goodwill for just a few dollars, to the ones we found at popular retail stores in the local mall. The plaid shirt is priced at $34, the stripe shirt at $17 and the overalls where over $20. You can see from these current years examples, how you can shop thrift for current styles, but see big savings.
Overalls (in both long lengths, as shorts and skirts) are in this year
Here is another example of a real outfit in a local Goodwill that had overalls, and converse (both items my kids where shopping for this year, and both can cost you some money, if you do not shop carefully for them. If you can find them at Goodwill like we did, you will save big!
Shop for designer bags at a fraction of what they would cost you in a retail store!
Often times Goodwill stores will have a special section you can find gently used designer bags in. They are not dirt cheap, but they are a big savings over what you would pay buying them full price brand new. If you love a great designer bag, its worth stopping in at Goodwill first to see if they might have something that will fit the bill for what you are looking for.
Greys are big this year, and vans are always popular with the kids!
These are all some examples of some ideas for outfits we saw at Goodwill, to inspire you to stop by and see what cute outfits you can find at bargain prices. Let us know what steals and deals you find on your trip to Goodwill!
Also, be sure to check out 8 Tips for Shopping Goodwill’s Online Auction Site for Treasures, for more ways to save shopping at Goodwill.
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