Back to School Shopping Tips

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It’s hard to believe that August is already in full swing! I hope your summer is wrapping up beautifully and you’re just as ready as I am for some of that sweet fall air!

For many of you, back to school is the theme of the day, and there’s no better place to get ready for it than your local Goodwill! I am a Mom of four, and filling four closets with Fall clothes can get pricey fast, so I ALWAYS do my first shopping at Goodwill. This month, I thought I would share a few tips with you for shopping for kids clothes at Goodwill.

Bring that Baby with you!

If you can, bring your little one (or not so little one) with you shopping. You will have more success with getting the right fit, and also ensuring that you find things that your child will actually wear and use, if they get to help pick things out.

Look for quality – but don’t pass up the vintage.

One thing I see a lot of at Goodwill, are racks full of clothes from many different years. Of course – there are usually a majority of new, fresh off the racks fashion, but there are also some great vintage pieces that still have lots of life.

For example – all those great jean jackets from the 80’s? They’re back! Find some awesome plaid? Layer it with a jean vest for a modern look. With a little imagination, you can put so many pieces of clothing back in your closet.

Shop across the aisle.

I went shopping with my middle school-age cousin just this week for some great looks, and even though we did find some cute stuff in the juniors section for her, we found most of the pieces that she really loved in the women’s section. Because there are not exactly standardized sizes at Goodwill, you can shop lots of sections and still find things that fit really well. Sometimes the reverse works as well – I’ve found some great t-shirts for my husband that were in the juniors section – and some things for myself there too!

Use your discount card and look for the tag sales.

You can get a discount card at any Goodwill location, and with a one-time purchase of that card, you can get 10% off of your total purchase each time you shop. Also, each week, there is a tag sale for a certain color of clothing tag, which will give you a 50% discount on those items. The kids and juniors clothes are already priced so low, that when you find tag sales on these items, you can usually get them for $1 or $2.

I usually plan to shop Goodwill first for all my back to school clothing needs, and whatever I can’t find there, we get at other stores. But starting at Goodwill will always save you money! Happy shopping friends!

-Michelle Loss, Goodwill Guest Blogger

Check out more of Michelle’s great tips on her video blog, Chic on the Cheap.