The biggest complaint I get from people when I tell them that they should buy their items used is that you can't find on-trend modern items when shopping used. It is something that I have found to be frustrating as well. I remember when infinity scarves became popular in college. I looked through all of the usually channels for some used pieces but couldn't find any. But, as a poor college student, I didn't want to pay full price for one.
If this is your problem as well, rather than looking for used items, try shopping at places that provide new, on-trend products for huge discounts. I'm not talking about coupons, but places where new items are listed way below industry standards. Here are my four favorite ways to find clothing and home goods that are both brand spanking new and inexpensive.
Jane.com is a daily deal site that has exclusive deals from online stores and boutiques. Their deals are only available for 72 hours or until they sell out so, every few days the entire site will be new. You will mostly find women and kids apparel, shoes, makeup, jewelry, and home goods. These are contemporary items from hundreds of stores all offered at a discount.
Everything in the top picture of this article is fromJane.com. I did all of the shopping for stocking stuffers, Oliver's teachers, coworkers, and our nieces in one trip to my computer! They gave me some store credit to try out their process and now I am hooked. I did almost all of my Christmas shopping for $98! If you get a present from me in the future, you can pretty much guarantee that it will be from Jane.com
2. Bargain Hunt
Bargain Hunt is a brick and mortar store that has locations in the southeast, Kentucky, Ohio, and southern Indiana. Bargain Hunt is full of goods from Target, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and other retailers that order too much of something, had damaged packaging, had returns that they couldn't sell, or numerous other reasons. Shopping at Bargain Hunt is like scavenger hunting.
The stores are filled to the brim with product and I always come out with some amazing pieces. Just last week, I got a gorgeous Smith and Hawken dried flower wreath that I had been eyeing at Target for 70% off at Bargain Hunt. The box was torn in half so Target couldn't sell it. I've seen Britax strollers, Fridgidare Appliances, Pottery Barn Rugs, and more for ridiculous mark downs. Once I bought a laundry hamper for $50 and a week later saw it at Bargain Hunt for $16- talk about buyers remorse.
hint: check the date on the price tags. The longer an item has been in the store, the higher the discount.
3. Warehouse Sales
If you live near the warehouse of a company that you like, make sure to follow them on social media and sign up for their newsletters. Most companies will have a yearly warehouse sale in which their prices are heavily marked down to clear room for new inventory. A shop that I love, Lucy and Lyla, posted photos from their last warehouse sale in which everything was $5!! I almost flew to Utah (if you live in Utah you live in the motherland of warehouse sales). Bob strollers has a warehouse sale in South Carolina every year where you can get one of their strollers for something like 60% off. And these aren't necessary products that are years and years old. These are current trends and styles that need to go to make room for more product.
I have posted about ThredUp before and yes they do offer used clothes (which I said wasn't the point of this article). HOWEVER, they also offer pieces new with tags! I'm not at all dissing used items, but since this article is about finding new items for a discount, I have to mention ThredUp. If you go to the price filter and scroll down, you can select "New With Tags" and it will filter only brand new items (aka unused). Look at the prices and brands listed in the image above. All of those are great on trend brands, new with tag, for way below retail price. I have picked up a pair of nike tennis shoes, an Aeropostale puffer vest, an Ann Taylor dress, my favorite Fabletics leggings, black wedge boots and some Levi jeans for Oliver (pictured below) all from ThredUp!
I also just saw that ThredUp has a promo code if you are interested in American Eagle products. Use code "EAGLE50" at check out for 50% off any American Eagle clothing!
If you are searching for a certain style of clothing, need gifts, or are just looking to do a little home re-decorating, make sure to check out these four options before paying full retail prices.
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