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September 3, 2013

Parents turning to consignment stores for back-to-school fashion

Niagara Gazette — School-age kids can grow a lot over the course of one summer. We’re talking multiple inches and sizes sometimes and keeping up with clothing all those lengthening limbs, newfound curves and expanding feet can be a daunting prospect for the wallet come back-to-school time. Forget trying to keep up with name-brand fashion.

The high cost of name-brand clothes, a still-lingering depressed economy and a desire to be environmentally friendly has some parents turning toward consignment and other used clothing shops to get their children the clothes they need as the school year kicks off.

When it comes to saving money, buying kid‘s back to school clothing at a consignment store can go a long way toward balancing a family budget.

North Tonawanda mom of three, Kyleen Martin said shopping at consignment stores is the only way she can afford to keep her kids in the name-brand fashions they desire. Buying a pair of jeans for $1 or $2 instead of $30 “helps us keep food on the table,” she said.

“I have three kids all in school and they’re all at ages that they’re growing so quickly,” Martin said. “It takes such a load off to be able to go to the thrift shops and be able to buy name-brand clothes so they can wear stylish clothes without it costing us fortune.”

Even the kids get into the thrifting action, Martin said. 

“They absolutely are totally into it. They all hunt for their own stuff and we find some really good deals,” she said, adding that she can spend about $80 to get new wardrobes for all three kids.

Martin said she tends to shop at the Salvation Army and Goodwill, but Wendy Wellsby, owner of Lollipop Loft in the Town of Tonawanda, said her store also offers in carrying name-brand clothes, but for the younger crowd.

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