Where Being Green Meets Saving Green

March 24th, 2011

Green living often gets a bad rap in the “frugal living” department.  And sometimes it’s true.  Organic produce does usually cost more, a Prius isn’t exactly budget-friendly, and $53 for an organic baby onesie?  Surely, you jest.

But there’s one clear area where the worlds of tree-hugging and penny-pinching combine: kids consignment stores.

I am a huge fan of shopping thrift stores for my offspring.  Kids — especially kids under the age of five — tend to outgrow their outfits long before they out-wear them.  With the exception of those outfits that become irretrievably stained through certain kid activities (finger painting, mud squelching, and pasta eating, to name a few), most kids’ clothes are generally still in terrific shape when they’re ready to move to the next size.  Thus, a well-stocked consignment store can be paradise for a momma on a budget.

And the green part?  Easy.  Remember the second “R” in the old eco-slogan?  Reduce, REUSE, Recycle!  Reusing an item that still has plenty of good life in it is a far more environmentally sound choice than buying something brand new.

This weekend, I headed over to a big twice-a-year consignment sale.  The organizers take over an abandoned department store and the place is absolutely packed with baby clothes and gear – they attract more than 1,000 consignors!  It was pretty crowded, but I came home with quite a haul for Miss Mouse: two swimsuits, three pairs of shorts, one pair of capris, one pair of khaki pants, one skirt, and five t-shirts.  Total price?  $35.

This post is linked up to Frugal Fridays at Life as Mom.  Check it out!

One response to “Where Being Green Meets Saving Green”

  1. Isa says:

    I wish these were easier for adults–they have a lot of clothing swaps around here, but I'm always convinced that nothing will fit me, so I don't go. Maybe I'll give it a shot the next time I see one…

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