Research name brands of clothing that are of good quality and be familiar with your size. For example, Banana Republic and The Gap sizes run small, Venezia clothing and Columbia Sportswear is generously cut. You can even go to the mall and try on clothes in the brands you like and write down the sizes that fit.
I used to shop at consignment stores for costumes for school plays. I was surprised at how many great buys were there. Couldn't get my daughters to go for things like the new cashmere sweater for $1. Of course, those days are gone.
Nevertheless, bargains persist, so a walk-through never hurts. This is especially true at resorts and vacation-destination places, where designer clothes are lightly worn, if at all, and tossed. Check out the Yellow Pages wherever you are for Used, Consignment, and charities like the American Cancer Society or Aids Foundation. Some are deductible donations. This is great fun shopping on a vacation.
Then go to lunch.
I AM 25, AND I HAVE TWO KIDS. MY SON IS 10, AND MY DAUGHTER IS 3. I HAVE BOUGHT A LOT OF THEIR CLOTHES FROM THE SALVATION ARMY AND GOODWILL. JUST THINK, YOU CAN PAY 20.00 FOR A NEW PAIR OF JEANS FOR YOUR SON TO GET GRASS STAINS AND WORN-OUT KNEES IN, OR YOU CAN TAKE 20.00 AND BUY 5 PAIR OF GENTLY USED (OR EVEN BRAND NEW SOMETIMES). MY CLOSET IS FULL OF ABERCROMBIE, GAP, NIKE, BEBE, ETC....AND I GOT IT ALL FROM THE GOODWILL.
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