What You’re Missing

If you were raised like I was, you’re missing out on some great items at unbelievable prices.  I mentioned this in my post on Thrifty Thrifting, but I didn’t frequent consignment and thrifts stores as a kid.  That’s a lie—I had never been into one until I was an adult.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a bargain shopper from the womb.

While living in Connecticut I discovered something borderline amazing—clothing consignment.  I’ve been doing this for about three years now.  I bring my old clothes to the consignment shop when I’m ready for some new stuff, they sell my old stuff, I get a check, money goes to new stuff.  Genius.  The only drawback I’ve found is that I have a tendency towards consigning things that are new and I still wear.  There’s a certain thrill about unexpected money from consigning that is increasingly addictive.  I have to keep a close eye on myself.

What are the best things to consign?  There are a few things that I don’t like to cut corners on.  Mostly—jeans, boots, and bags.  So when it’s time to consign these things, I usually get around $50-$75 with the turnaround.  I’m serious.  This isn’t what they sell for, this is what I get from the consignment shop.  The best part is, since I get a lot of my designer items from the outlets, usually on sale at the outlets, they occasionally sell for more at the consignment store than I bought them for.  If you’re in RI and looking for a good place, Karmacoutureri.com has been great to me so far.  They are very picky about what they’ll accept, but they give you 50% of the sale price and they’re busy.

So when I’m not looking for jeans, boots, or bags, I’m all about the best deal possible.  I recently found an estate sale warehouse (Mike’s Estate Services in West Warwick, RI) where they have some unbelievable deals.  If you have patience and a good eye for a deal, you can find things like these:

Pulls for our bathroom doors:

I’m a necklace hoarder and tend to shy away from earrings…but for $0.50 a pair, you can’t go wrong:

So–those are my suggestions for stocking your closet without emptying your wallet. Happy thrifting/consigning.

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  1. hey Court!

    I was reading this other health blog called carrots n’ cake. you’d probably love!
    Her blog ended up getting all these followers and she said there is a great place to guest blog about DIY projects — blog is called “Young House Love” You should totally check it out 🙂

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