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Back-to-School Fashion on a Budget

Two local consignment shops offer up gently used childrens clothing at a fraction of retail price.

On the heels of summer comes another new school year. In preparation, parents and students are stocking up on supplies and, of course, new clothes. For those on a tight budget or with multiple children to buy for, this task can be daunting. But, clothes don’t need be “new” in order to be new. Secondhand clothing stores offer up gently used, and in some cases brand new, tags-on items at a fraction of the retail price. For people with an eye toward environmentalism and recycling, buying resale has an extra perk.

A visit to two local consignment shops revealed a number of great back to school options. Fall jackets, dresses, shirts, pants, shoes and more could be found in abundance. The majority of the items were under $10, and in a variety of name brands popular with children’s and teens.

Byannka Amaya of Olivia’s Closet says jeans for teens are hot right now. She’s got a full rack of them in brands like Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale. Tracksuits are also popular. For younger children Amaya has fall dresses, vests and several items under $25 by Corky and Company, whose retail prices edge toward and over the $100 mark. She says those pieces can rile people up.

“People fight over that brand. I have to put them on a waiting list,” she says.

Currently, Olivia’s Closet is in the midst of a 75% off clearance sale to make room for winter items.

At , one can also find jeans, sweaters, pants and tops in brands like Ralph Lauren, Laura Ashley and GAP. Franchise owner Lori Clegg says cardigans and skirts for girls are popular with girls, while long and short sleeve T-shirts and hoodies are popular for boys.

“The older kids wear layers so T-shirts can be worn well into the Fall,” Clegg says.

In addition to clothes, Children’s Orchard also sells backpacks, but they don’t stay in stock long this time of year. They held a denim sale last week and on Friday will roll out their winter coat collection. Members of their Mom’s Club get first dibs on Thursday evening.

For pics of some hot bargains, check out our photo slide show above.

Jennifer August 23, 2011 at 08:14 PM
I think that it was a good article at a busy time of year. I had to laugh though when I read the comment. Children's Orchard is a great store and has the best quality and prices around, including Olivia's Closet. I have met the owner, Lori, several times and she cannot be helpful enough. Do you know that they will even carry your bag out to the car for you? the last time that I was in, my 2 year old was sleepy and I had to carry her to the car. One of the workers refused to let me carry the bag, she took it to the car and waited until I was ready to take it. Where do you get service like that? What I really like about the Children's Orchard is that it's bright inside. You can see everything, it's not like a cave, dark and gloomy, like other consignment stores.

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