I used to be a slave to spending so much money on kids clothes. 1. I thought being a new mom I had to 'keep up with the world' and 2. I wanted to fit in... Oh and 3. I didn't want anybody to think I couldn't afford the matching outfit with the matching bow and shoes and carseat.
Flash forward 6 years, and I have given up on those things. Why? Because I got real with myself and our budget. I stopped trying to fit in with the other moms. I stopped having anxiety about matching and if we could afford the next outfit. Addictions are real, and they can sneak in alongside our insecurities.
So one day I went into Goodwill, and came out a completely different person with a crazy new perspective. I was throwing a lot of money away and creating havoc for our finances. I didn't even realize. How a shirt at Walmart can be $10 and you can nearly find the same thing at Goodwill for a dollar. Serious. Today I want to let you in on my secrets I stopped by brand new things. You wouldn't believe the nicest brand name clothes people just donate or put in a yard sale!
Here are my best kept secrets and some mis conceptions about second hand buying.
~ misconception one- used is stained, ugly and wore out. Reality- some of it is. I agree. But you can't just look through one or two items and give up. Look through the whole rack.
~misconception two- my children will get laughed at if they see them wearing used clothes. Reality- nobody even knows you got it used. For all they know it's been in your closet.
~misconception three- people will judge me if they even knew I walked into a Goodwill or a yard sale. Reality- you are being a smart mama with your finances. And if they judge- that's on them and not you!
~misconception four- my favorite of all of them- all of Goodwill clothes are from the 1980's and out of date. Reality- NOPE! $30 dress from Justice looking like new for $2? Old navy jeans $25 dollars marked to $1.50? Like new Christmas dress $3?? You get my drift.
My best kept secrets? No shame. If you want to keep your family finances in tact and you don't want to become a slave to buying outrageous priced things- enjoy hand me down. It's all my girls wear and we get compliments like crazy! I get asked all the time where I buy their clothes- and I can't help but feel proud I put away the need to compete. Don't feel bad or sad about it. Oh the possibilities of second hand. And I want to teach my daughters it's not about fitting in, keeping up with the latest brand new items. It's about managing our home, our family and our life. I will post more on my Instagram of the deals I get so you can be inspired also. And if you do shop second hand, please share your tips and tricks.