With the start of the school year fast approaching in the Chicagoland area, it’s time to assess your child’s needs for new clothes this fall. Strapped for cash? Then check out local garage sales for deals on gently-used clothes. The following tips will help you get your child ready for the new school year.
First, assess what your child needs for the upcoming school year. Take an inventory of last year’s school clothing by weeding out clothes, shoes, and jackets that your child has outgrown. To streamline your back-to-school shopping, make a list of what each child needs as well as their sizes.
Know your school’s dress code. Does your child’s school require students to wear pants, shirts, or sweaters in specific colors? If so, include the requirements on your shopping list. Many school districts, including the Chicago Public School District, have dress codes available online.
Shop at larger garage sales. The beauty of a garage sale—that you’ll never know what you’ll find—is also the biggest inconvenience if you’re shopping for specific items. For instance, a garage sale advertising children’s clothing for sale might only have toddler sizes. To save time, consider shopping at multifamily sales or rummage sales, where a greater variety of sizes and styles will likely be available.
Get picky with clothes. Remember, any clothing you purchase is supposed to last through the school year, so look at any potential purchase with a critical eye. If a pair of jeans is already showing some frayed edges, it might not last the school year.
Think ahead with what your child will need in the next few months. If you find a heavy winter coat, scarves, mittens, and hats in your child’s size, buy them now and know you can cross “Get winter clothing” off your to-do list.
Got uniforms? If your child’s school requires uniforms, scope out garage sales in the school’s immediate neighborhood, as they will be most likely to sell used uniforms. Keep your eyes open in other garage sales, too, as they might sell items that fit the school’s dress code.
Get creative with style. Older children might enjoy perusing neighborhood garage sales for funky and vintage items to unleash their inner fashionista and create unique looks with concert T-shirts, fun hats, and stylish sweaters. Garage sales are also perfect places for acquiring backpacks, jewelry, and accessories, including chunky necklaces, novelty rings, and purses.