If you are a homeschooling family, chances are that you have had to adjust some line items in your budget to account for curriculum, field trips, extra-curricular classes and events perhaps on a drop in income if Mom is no longer working.
Clothing costs are possibly some of the easiest parts to cut back. You won’t need as many items for the kids, and there won’t be as much pressure to have “just the right kind” of attire that may be needed for public schooling. There are some great ways to spend less on clothes and yet still be fashionable.
Cheryl Gorn has written The Secondhand Wardrobe: Have Fun Finding Stylish, Earth-Friendly Used Clothing Deals to give families practical tips of getting the biggest bang for your buck by finding great deals on garments at the secondhand stores. She also created National Secondhand Wardrobe Week which is February 26-March 3, 2012.
In honor of the week, Cheryl has seven brand new videos that will give ideas anyone can use to revamp your wardrobe, look great, save money and have some fun. Even non-shoppers will find the stress of hunting for the right piece that fits well is lessened when you know the price of the outfit is far less than you would pay at a retail store.
Seven new videos released for Secondhand Wardrobe Week
- February 26, 2012: They’re Famous and Fabulous, and They Shop Where?
Find out which actresses and stylists honed their sense of style by shopping the thrifts.
- February 27, 2012: Want to Dress more Creatively? Shop the Thrifts!
Thrift stores sell a broad mix of quality and style, so shoppers must combine items in unique ways.
- February 28, 2012: Smash the Stigma about Buying and Wearing Used Clothing
A stigma about buying and wearing previously worn clothing persists even in these tough economic times. The clothing industry has a lot to gain if we continue to believe that thrift stores are nasty places that sell terrible clothing.
- February 29, 2012: Dry Clean Ridiculousness
Learn how to save your money and your clothing by ignoring “dry clean only” tags.
- March 1, 2012: Clothing Manufacture and the Environment
Stop supporting unethical clothing manufacturers by shopping secondhand.
- March 2, 2012: You only Think that New Clothing is Clean
Startling news about regular retail clothing and cleanliness.
- March 3, 2012: Thrift Store Bargains: From the Ordinary to the Sublime
You just never know what spectacular items might be waiting for you at the rock-bottom charity thrifts.
Cheryl comments, “A secondhand wardrobe can help people feel great about their appearance, their finances and their impact on the planet. Secondhand Wardrobe Week was created to remove the stigma that is associated with buying and wearing previously owned clothing.”
Phoenix homeschoolers are blessed with a multitude of thrift shops, consignment stores, and secondhand stores. Additionally, there are personal and charity rummage sales every weekend, usually loaded with clothing. Celebrate Secondhand Wardrobe Week by visiting a local shop or yard sale to get something different for your apparel collection. You just might find the perfect show stopper piece for your favorite ensemble.