You know how you sometimes see those lists that tell you the best time to buy particular items? Like white sales are usually in January, and there are always big sales on furniture around Labor Day? Well, there could be a similar kind of thing for thrift stores.
Really, it’s pretty obvious. It’s possible that you might find some Christmas ornaments in July at a thrift store, of course, but start looking for them display lots of Christmas stuff in October or November.
Similarly, now is the time to start looking for winter outerwear at the thrift stores. I don’t know that I’ve ever paid retail for any of my kids’ winter coats, snow pants, or boots. They only need snow pants and boots a few times a year, so I sure don’t want to pay full price.
Pinkerbelle needed a coat this year; I found this one for under $4 and it’s big enough to last two years. The snow pants were $4 at Goodwill. My GW has a 7 day return policy, and I think I might end up returning these, because as it turns out we have a pair that will still fit her. (I never bought pink for the boys, obviously, and their black or blue hand-me-downs work just fine for her.)
For the last two or three years, Skippy had been wearing a winter coat that I originally bought off of ebay for Firstborn, and he wore it for at least two years. That’s a lot of mileage for a coat that cost about $15. But it’s way too small this year, and it was time Skippy had another.
This 4-in-1 coat was $12 at Goodwill, and it will fit him for at least two years. With all the pieces together, it’s a heavy coat. Take them apart and there are two mid-weight jackets, one of which is reversible and has zip-off sleeves for a vest option.
I still need to find him snow pants, because somehow he seems to have skipped a size. Firstborn is all set with the stuff I got him last year. But it has happened several times that I’ve spent $4 for a pair of snow pants that started at the top and went down through the ranks, lasting a couple years for each child. I also have a box full of boots that get the same treatment.
How do you stretch your dollar when it comes to dressing your kids for winter?