The Dos and Don’ts of Back-to-School Upscale Resale Shopping

Are you all getting ready for school this month or do you wait until the last possible moment? I do minimal prep work because financially I just need to go slooooowwww and really the weather is warm enough for the kids to wear many of their summer clothes the first month of school. However, I do like to send them in with something new the first day and these tips are great.


  • DO Inspect: When shopping at thrift or consignment stores, make sure you inspect clothing for holes and stains. Upscale resale stores are very selective about the products they take in and will typically use a special light to check clothing for imperfections.
  • DON’T Overlook Deals: Despite already deeply discounted prices, resale and consignment stores often hold generous promotions during the summer season. For example, Children’s Orchard locations will host a Dress For Less back to school sale on August 16 – August 18, 2013, where shoppers can get name brands for less! These will include Gap jeans for $6.99, Ralph Lauren polo shirts for $4.99, Baby Lulu dresses for $7.99 and many more.
  • DO Check for Recalled Items: Talk to the seller about how they stay up-to-date on recalls. You can also look up recalled items on the Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) website:
  • DON’T Forget about Selling! Some stores will actually give you cash for your kids’ gently-used clothing, toys, furniture, and accessories. Call ahead for information on what your local resale store is buying. 
  • DO Consider Current Styles: Bring a recent department store catalog with you as you shop to compare items to the latest fashions.

  • Boutique Brands - IKKS, Heart Strings, Luck Brand - for 40-80% less than retails stores.
  • GAPKIDS, Abercrombie, Tommy Hilfiger Kids separates that cost upwards of $70 at most stores cost closer to $12-$15 at Children’s Orchard.


Lynnette Watkins said...

I am raising my 4 grandchildren,so I do go to resale shops for their clothes. I especially like selection of uniform clothes, almost all schools here where uniforms.

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