Back to school resale-shopping style

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Teach tyour kids the value of a dollar shopping back to school

A typical American family will spend between $220-$240 on back-to-school clothes this fall, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s not a lot, when a must-have for your middle-schooler is a closet full of designer denim and your 9-year-old insists on whatever pricey item is all the rage in your town. Your budget won’t go far in the mall like that! What’s a parent to do?

Take the opportunity to teach

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What can I do with…

There comes a time in the life of any possession when it’s no longer usable as is. And that’s the time to get creative! Some ideas for what you can do with:

Extra buttons: Trim a pillow, napkins, lampshade or café curtains for a “cute as a button” accessory! Or best idea yet: make a caterpillar!

Baby clothes become a unique family record.

Old jeans and flannel shirts? Who could possibly let them go? Here’s what to turn them into:

And then of course there’s the old stand-by, a cast-off dress shirt as a child’s craft smock. Even easier and more comfortable: a pillowcase art smock!


Is it time to get rid of it?

Not sure if you should get rid of it? Pack it away for 3 months, suggests HowToConsign.comSometimes it seems like our possessions possess us, instead of the other way around. If you are like the rest of us, there’s things you’ve accumulated that you really don’t need, want, or enjoy.

Although it can be hard to part with belongings, there’s a simple way to see if you truly care about something. Put it aside, away, out of sight, in a cupboard, closet, or storage area.

Three months later, go look at it.

Did you miss it? Do you still want it? Love it? Is it adding to the quality of your life? If not, call your local resale shop to see if it’s something they can find a good home for, at a profit to you. Chances are, one of our Sponsor shops can find someone who’s yearning for just that thing!