What starts as a few dollars in desperation for a new season’s run-away hit costume for your child could soon turn into an expensive affair for you and your fellow moms. Trying to play it safe doesn’t work because the more daring outfits are often stuck with the cold shoulder. And after spending hundreds, thousands, and tens of thousands on a new or secondhand purchase, you may be wondering if you’ve reached peak consignment clothing insanity.
Fear not, because there are two distinct but carefully thought-out routes to accept styles that you love, and which would probably have been considered “boring” three years ago. First, go to a consignment shop. Although the prices are slightly lower, the need to make multiple returns or decide at the last minute when it suits you to dump said items will give you the ability to keep a few outfits that might have otherwise sat on the clothes hanger, or hope to sell them on the resale market. Two great consignment shops in your area may be offered these “deals of the day,” which should enhance your chances of finding good deals on the outside.
The other is to join a “splurge” group on the resale site Threadless. Its mission is to encourage “people all over the world to support handmade artisans by buying the original designs of their products on Threadless.com.” Look for the Shop Catchers section of the site to see which of the designs have been bought by the group’s 1,300 members.
That choice may feel easier for some moms, but most people tend to decide based on a mix of this and their own personal and practical need, and want to keep that suspense going all the way until they have to purchase the item.
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