I’ve been feeling lately like I ought to be a little more socially responsible when I shop. Namely, that kids the same age as mine should probably not be making my clothes. But I’m having a really hard time finding places that make clothes in an ethical, mostly-affordable manner (if you have any advice, please leave it in the comments…I’ve found lots of sites that encourage boycotting various companies but they don’t offer alternatives. Hmph.)
In the meantime, I decided to try out my neighborhood thrift store. I’ve gone there for a while for things like furniture and craft materials…but I’ve always assumed the clothing section was full of cast-off Laura Ashley dresses from the ’90s that smelled vaguely of cigarette smoke.
I began in the handbag section, where I scored the beaut you see above — a Kate Spade bag for $19.99. Whee! (I checked around online and as far as I can tell, it’s legit. Though if you have Kate Spade-related expertise, I’d love to hear your thoughts.)
I added to that a basic, black Tommy Hilfiger bag for $12.99 because my current purse has actual holes in it where things fall out and that gets embarrassing.
Then I did a little summer clothes shopping. I got myself two pairs of shorts, a skirt and a pair of coral cropped Gap pants (coral’s big this year. People say so).
My youngest daughter is going through a dress phase, so I picked up a few of those for her as well.
Here’s my final breakdown:
Kate Spade purse — $19.99
Tommy Hilfiger purse — $12.99
Sonoma skirt — $4.99
Calvin Klein shorts — $5.99
plaid shorts — $2.99
Gap coral cropped pants — $6.99
Gymboree dress — $3.99
Crewcuts butterfly dress — $2.99
Circo pink and yellow flowered dress — $2.99
All of these items were priced as marked — if you check often, sometimes stores have half-off sales on certain colored tags (but of course you run the risk that some yahoo has paid full-price and run off with your leather purse for $12 instead of $6).
My thrift store is in an area that’s a good mix of upper-middle, middle-middle, and lower-middle class homes…so I think it’s pretty average as far as the things you’re going to find there. The key is just to hunt, and check in often.