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.
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