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Save Money By Buying Second Hand Clothes

By Erik Folgate

No, I’m not talking about buying from the Salvation Army or the Goodwill. Although, you can do that, too. But many of us are snobs when it comes to clothes. We want “new” clothes. We like the smell of new clothes, we like the thrill of buying new clothing at the store. We usually wear that outfit the next day after we buy it. But, is everything always best when it’s new?

Here are five articles of clothing that I think are best as used or just as good when they are used:

  1. Jeans
  2. Boots
  3. Winter Jacket
  4. Dresses
  5. Skirts

I know that many of you will scoff at the idea of buying used clothes, but you should take a look at high-end consignment shops like Plato’s Closet. My wife has found numerous pairs of jeans and skirts that barely look worn. Not to mention, companies like Abercrombie and Gap strive to make jeans that feel worn in or broken in. You can buy jeans that are already worn in and spend a third of the amount of money that you would at a retail store. Ladies, think about how many times you wear some of the dresses and skirts in your closet. You’ve got those two or three that you wear all the time, and the rest collect dust. When you give those away or sell those to a consignment shop, they could be a treasure to some other girl.

The mark-up of retail clothing is ridiculous and we all know it. I’m not saying that your whole wardrobe should be hand-me-downs. But, you really can find great second-hand clothes that don’t look used at all.

Erik Folgate
Erik and his wife, Lindzee, live in Orlando, Florida with a baby boy on the way. Erik works as an account manager for a marketing company, and considers counseling friends, family and the readers of Money Crashers his personal ministry to others. Erik became passionate about personal finance and helping others make wise financial decisions after racking up over $20k in credit card and student loan debt within the first two years of college.

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  • http://madsaver.com Mac

    Just realized that I’ve never bought 2nd-hand clothing. Even as a child, I don’t believe I had clothing that was worn before (happens with the oldest child). It’s not that I’m against it, just haven’t thought about it. And if the clothing looks new, it’s good enough for me. One of these days I’ll see what they’ve got for menswear (probably not much).

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