To follow up on my post yesterday A whole new wardrobe for under $100? (…and a jeep!) about bargain shopping and money saving tips, namely consignment shopping for kids toys, clothes, and baby items…
Since the “great recession” has hit home hard for many working families, the stigma once attached to goodwill shopping has vanished. But how do we help disintegrate that stigma with our teens and tweens? That proves to be a bit more difficult, but I found a couple tricks that worked beautifully with my daugther.
1. Green is IN! While many teens or tweens may not be too excited about goodwill shop hopping, they are excited to get green! Earth friendly, earth-loving, eco-friendly, recycling, tree hugging…many kids are proud to be part of the green age right now – it’s a big deal. When I mentioned how “green” it is to shop consignment and goodwill stores, my daughter’s eyebrows went up – got her interest. She was still not totally sold on it being a cool idea though.
2. Next move was to simply bring home some clothes for her – quietly. So, one day when she got home from school, there a couple nice Abercrombie T’s, a pair of American Eagle jeans, and nice pair of Old Navy jeans sitting on the table. She immediately started going through the items, smiling, “are these for me?!” I just replied, “Yeah, if you like ‘em…” …and how couldn’t she?
Next thing I knew, my daughter casually suggests, “maybe if you have time, you can swing by the goodwill and see if they have any cool clothes for me?” (though she didn’t say she wanted to go with me…)
Well what a great idea, hun!