Seeing your children looking nice in well-chosen clothes is bliss for parents. But behind this bliss is a possibly tiring and difficult process. Fear not, this article will guide you to the best ways of consignment shopping with minimal time and effort. For shopping for kids clothes to go smoothly, you need to be:
Ready with a Plan
Set up three sections first, and start filling them up. You’ll need to identity what you need at the moment, what you may need after a while, and what you dream of getting for your kids. So how can you get this list done? Take a visit to your kids’ closets and think of what they’ll need. What do they need for school? Are there any special events coming up? Such questions can help you plan ahead for what your kids may need. After you prioritize and classify these items, put them in the list in the right categories. And don’t forget to include the numbers you need. This will help you buy ahead, a whole season ahead. This can save you a LOT of money! You can find gorgeous clothes for your kids from Tommy Hilfiger, Laura Ashley, Ralph Lauren, and BabyGap at 50% off! Brand names just got affordable.
Set with a Budget
Before you go shopping, have a certain budget in mind, or a price that you won’t exceed. You want the best for your kids, but you can’t put all the cash on clothes. Set a price for great clothes, something lower for normal ones, and maybe a special price for brands. Find what works best for you, but have a budget to avoid spending too much. And remember, budget set means limit kept.
With a Keen Eye for Flaws
Some stores may unknowingly or purposefully leave blemished clothes on display, and may even sell one. Always check for any flaws like loose threads, deformed garments, cuts, missing or nonfunctioning zippers, or stains. If a piece of clothing has any of these, it’s not worth it.
Aware of What Size Fits
Brands have different labels for sizes. A medium size in one brand may differ from that of the other. Learn from experience, and if you haven’t, just take a look back at your kids’ closet and start studying. Know which size fits them for each brand and be prepared. As for clothes, knowing their shoe size works, but if you really want to be ready, bring a pair that fits them, or a piece of paper with their foot’s trace.
With a Decisive Mentality
You need to be decisive and unwavering. Your mentality in consignment shopping needs to be the same of normal shopping; if you’d buy a certain piece of clothing brand new, then buy it on consignment. If not, then wave goodbye and leave it behind. The price does not compensate for lack of style. To develop this mentality, you must first learn to be picky. No more remorse, only buy what will truly make you and your kids happy.
Patient… Very Patient
Consignment stores have a reputation of being horribly unorganized. In recent years, however, they have had a lot of improvement in that aspect. Sizes and prices are easier to see, and the clothes are much more presentable, offering an enhanced shoppers-friendly experience. So just forget those past torments, look for a rack, decide on it, and take all the time you need to carefully look through the displayed selections to tick items off your list.
A “Proofreader” by Nature
Selecting the clothes doesn’t mean the work is done. You need to review these selections. Do it one, two, or even three times; do it as many times as you can. Double your pickiness and use your super-detecting eyes for blemish checking. Be absolutely sure that you’ve made the right choice.
Familiar with the Return Policy
If being picky in initial selections and reviews has led you to uncertainty about choices, ask about the return policy. Generally, stores offer 48 hours for you to try out the clothes and decide if you’ll return them. If they don’t offer any time, you can be the exception to the rule. Ask politely and don’t forget to get an official agreement like the manager writing on the receipt.
A Frequent Visitor
Getting all items on your list in one day is not easy. Consignment stores are constantly updated with new clothes. Be sure to visit every once in a while, chances of finding something new are high.
So there you go. Hopefully with those tips you’ll find consignment shopping to be a piece of cake. Try them out and you won’t have any more problems in consignment shopping.
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