Many moms and thrift-shopping devotees have long considered "thrifting" a sport. But now many moms who'd normally turn their noses up at anything "vintage" are shopping at their local Goodwill because, in this economy, it's the only place they can afford.
Here are five reasons thrift shops are "in" again:
1. It's good for your pocketbook ... and the environment. You're saving tons of money by buying used instead of retail. And you are saving all that used clothing and toys from local landfills, which is good for Mother Earth.
2. Lots of stuff isn't even used. Because so many retail stores now have a "no-returns" policy, more and more new clothing is being donated to thrift stores these days. That means you can often buy new clothing for a fraction of the cost.
3. There's something for everyone. At thrift stores or consignment shops, you can score everything from clothing to toys to strollers. People are getting rid of their clutter to make a few extra bucks ... and you can cash in!
4. Thrift stores are everywhere. Don't have a Salvation Army or Goodwill in your neighborhood? There are some great online options, too -- like Craigslist, eBay and HandMeDowns.com. There are even specialty online vintage shops like uniquevintage.com that sell gently used prom dresses. Love that.
5. You can be a fashion diva. For your teens and tweens who are into fashion, you can find some interesting, one-of-a-kind items no one else will have. (Think "Pretty in Pink.")
Here are four more of our favorite vintage sites:
They feature shoes, sleepwear, coats and really cute dresses for less.
Pre-Owned Party Dresses
Can't afford a prom dress for your teen? Get adorable gently used dresses here. (No one has to know.)
Play It Again Sports
Your son wants to play baseball? Play It Again Sports has new and used sporting equipment. No one will know the difference!
Do you shop at thrift stores? Tell us about it!