Thrifty Momma Thursday *Buy Sell or Trade*

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Before I became a Mom I cared WAY too much about jeans and I would spend hundreds of dollars on them. I would get a little high off of going into a department store and buying a new pair that made my butt look good. Isn't that why you buy jeans?! Well now that I am a Mom and my views on spending have changed, I think spending over $150 on a pair of jeans is STUPID stupid ..no matter how good they make your butt look.

I still love a good pair of Citizens or Paige Denim jeans but now I wont spend more that $30 on them.

I have discovered the amazing world of "Buy Sell or Trade" shops. Let me explain...

They are clothing shops that only buy sell or trade high end clothing..for a GREAT price! You can bring in your old pair of jeans that you just might be a little sick of wearing..or God forbid the dryer shrunk them..I hate when that happens ;) They will either give you cash (cash is good) or store credit towards something else. Genius!! This is the only way I buy new (new to me) jeans now and I love it!

If you have never heard of shops like this before I have listed a few links below and you can see if any are in your area. If the links I listed are not in your area you can do a little Google search for "Buy Sell and Trade Clothing" and you are bound to find one close to where you live.


The Buffalo Exchange

Urban Exchange

Cross Roads Trading

Beacon's Closet



Have any of you ever done this? I am so curious to see who else trades in their jeans for new ones.

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45 comments:

theolivetree said...

Boy oh boy does your clothing change when you have kids! There are a lot of outfits that are cute and cover BUT they require you to sit like a lady...24/7...immpossible to not bend over or move fast with a 2 year old & 4 year...lol...and don't getme started on heels...I haven't worn them in years.

katie said...

I used to be the same way with my spending. Nordstrom rack also has lower prices on designer jeans. I think your way is still cheaper, though. Great idea!

Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* said...

Ooooh, I love a good pair of jeans. Luckily I've never found a designer brand that I really love. Most of mine are Abercrombie, Charlotte Russe, or Banana Republic. A sell and trade program is genius, though I hold onto my favorite pairs like they're family heirlooms!

Emily said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing! :)

sherri lynn said...

I've never heard of this! But it is so brilliant! I seriously need to check this out. You are a wealth of information :)

Traci said...

I've never done this. I guess I've just never thought about it.

Rachel said...

Thanks for the tip, I LOVE jeans...they're just so easy! I'll have to check if there's a buy sell trade near me :) x

Ana Degenaar said...

This is so cool. I always look for Designer jeans when I go thrifting and it is actully the only thing I thrift.

Liz {Sequins And Stripes} said...

I can totally relate to buying expensive jeans, now I don't care as much...Love Buffalo Exchange!

Blue said...

I LOVE Beacon's Closet. Found a Free People dress for $22 there!

Baby Shopaholic said...

I have not tried but sounds like a good idea!

Daisy said...

Right? So genius because those $100 aren't a total waste :)

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

I've never tried this online but I love a good thrift store - that's pretty much where all my jeans come from these days. I've never bought a really expensive pair of jeans - is it worth it?

Danielle said...

I've never tried this before! Sounds really cool. I'll have to look into it!

Wendy said...

I rarely buy new unless the price is right. I have a closet full of gorgeous clothes that are second hand. Can't tell you how many times I get complimented on an outfit.

PS- I Loveeee your blog.

{The Perfect Palette} said...

I'd never heard of this. thanks for sharing.

xoxo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

Jessi said...

I've been selling and trading clothes since jr high :) But you're right, expensive jeans are overrated. I know which brands fit me well (Gap and levi) and I look for those while I thrift. last month I found a pair from Gap and Levi, each $2.. almost brand new condition. Sooo much better than paying full price or even sale price!!

Eleanor at Mirror Of My World said...

thanks for sharing, so exciting x

Anne @ Domesblissity said...

That's a fantastic idea, isn't it Lindsay? We've got a few stores here, near where I live, that sell clothes on consignment, ie designer baby clothes, women's fashions etc. You drop them off and the store sells them, taking a cut and then giving you the cash or store credit. A really great idea.

Anne xx

McKenna said...

How cool! Thanks Bunches for sharing!

Stephanie said...

We have a Buffalo Exchange in Chicago and I have to admit, I've never been in it. I'm adding it to my list to check out!

natasha {schue love} said...

I wish we had a place like that here in Tahoe. Just a good idea and I have like 3597265091 pairs of designer jeans that I NEVER wear anymore. I'm with you...spending that much $$ is not really my bag anymore.

Lindsay said...

I have never tried it, but would LOVE to! I can't wait to hear if you do. And I totally agree, spending over $150 on jeans is just not a priority for me anymore, especially since having kids. I didn't ever spend that much, but pretty close to it. Other things are much more important now.

sara tee said...

i've never traded in my jeans for another pair, but i've brought them to a plato's closet type place to get a little extra class and got some pretty decent cash in return! i would definitely recommend it.

sara tee.

Kristin said...

THANK YOU for this post! I never looked into stores like this bu I have a Buffalo Exchange right down the street from me and a HUGE pile of clothes to give away in my room (before moving). I'll let you know how it goes!!

Breeanna @ a brilliant melody said...

I've never been able to afford designer clothes, but I do think that sometimes they can be better quality. I think there's a Buffalo exchange in San Diego. I'll have to check it out.

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Ashley said...

I have never bought my jeans used or thrifted, but have wanted to. You've inspired me to shop more at thrift stores. It completely makes sense, but is outside of my comfort zone. I need to get braver!:)

Finley said...

This is SO TRUE! My closet needs it's own insurance policy for as much as I've spent on clothes, shoes and handbags. And I don't even wear it that much anymore! 1) because my body has changed a little bit and 2) because I don't dress up as much as I used to. What a waste! Now I feel guilty shopping for myself when I have a little one that needs a college fund. ;)

I agree with buying a used or thrifted pair and I also think there is so much 'fast fashion' out there right now, that there's no need to spend $200 on a new dress to go out to dinner when you can get something similar for $30 - and you'll wear both only a few times anyway!

Also check your local consignment stores because they tend to carry high end labels like Akris, Prada, Stella McCartney, Marni, etc...and also Contemporary brands like Theory, DVF, Elizabeth & James...so you can find fashionable, quality items for a fraction of their original price. :)

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Whitney said...

i've never done this but it's definitely a great idea!

www.StarHughes.com said...

I love this idea!!! I had no idea you could do this! Because I am all about finding jeans that actually fit my butt - but I totally agree about it being a little wasteful to spend so much money on each pair of jeans!! Great post girlie!

christi @ burlap and basil said...

i love those stores! it makes getting tired of things, ok! i'm not a mama but i still won't pay more than $50 for jeans. i'm just cheap like that! i've also had great luck on ebay - buying and selling. funny thing though ... i'll spend $$ on jeans for him! he wears jeans everyday and we don't buy suits, so somehow it works out. ebay is lovely {and nordstrom rack!}.

Natalie said...

i have NEVER heard of this! what a great idea! i have to say that I am totally obsessed with nice jeans but thats because i dont have kids...yet! our first is due april 6th!

a Bug and Bird said...

i would add Plato's Closet (mostly teen clothes but you can find the occasional j. crew, gap and brand names) and also Junior League charity shops!

great places to find quality name brand clothes

steufel said...

I wish we would have soemthing like that in Germany.

Meghan @ Wishful Thinking said...

I've never heard of this either! What a brilliant idea!!!

Sick by Trend said...

Thanks for sharing it's a good idea:)

xx

have a nice weekend

www.sickbytrend.com

E @ Act Fast Chef said...

I was like you too before having kids. But my obsession was handbags!! I can't even remember the last time I bought a really nice (expensive) bag! I shop in consignment stores now all the time. I don't get any bags there...but jeans and other expensive things at retail stores - oh yeah!!

Have a great weekend!

Stuff and Nonsense said...

i don't do a lot of consignments...but i'm a thrift store junkie for sure...i spose i enjoy the thrill of the hunt as much as finding an unexpected treasure...i just hopped over from dic's linky!

alison

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

I love those stores! Usually I am buying only though. To sell, I use eBay or have a garage sale.

Collins said...

Just recently heard about this. I have a huge bag of books and I am going to trade them for a couple new ones. If I ever get up off of this sofa....

Hanna said...

Lindsay, I just so happen to be obssessed with designer jeans. I have been for years. It's terrible! Seriously I probably have 30 pairs. YIKES! thants a lot of money! I have been trying to loose all this flippin baby weight so I can fit in them again. I can just now fit in a few. I love buffalo exchnage!!!! Unfortunately there isn't anything like this in the city I live!

B.Cheniful said...

Oh man, I LOVE my citizens. But yeah...STUPID expensive!

Rachael said...

I purchase from those stores but I have a hard time trading in. Even when I bring very good quality, unique vintage pieces or clothes I JUST bought (so they're still in style). They're very picky....

Shannon said...

Hmmm....I never thought of these stores for denim!

Jennifer said...

I love those stores. Being a wardrobe stylist I say have one pair of designer jeans is a must ;) But I encourage my clients to find them at sample sales, Marshall or on sale at Nordstrom.

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