There is no season quite like winter when it comes to clothes. While thrifting and saving money on spring, summer, and even fall clothes is one thing, it’s easy to spend a large amount of money in getting ready for the cold. From boots and jackets to hats, mitts, and scarves, there are a lot of garments that are needed to stay warm and dry. If you have a large family to shop for, or just love buying winter clothes, here are some tips to keep extra money in your wallet.
- Shop Thrift Stores
You can save a lot of money by shopping thrift and consignment stores! Make sure that there is no major damage to items and that they aren’t too worn before purchasing. Also, although the point of shopping thrift is to save money, don’t be afraid to increase your budget. A $35 coat may seem like a lot when compared to a $5 thrift store top, but keep in mind you may have to spend a bit more on outerwear.
- Shop Out of Season
Prices for winter gear are usually highest in October, November, and December, dropping off after January. Buying winter clothing out of season means you can save as much as 75% on essential items! If you only follow one rule to save money on buying seasonal clothing, this is the one to follow!
- Avoid Themes
This tip is important for parents buying winter clothes for children. Anything decked out in cartoon characters is bound to be more expensive and harder to find on sale. Save the Disney princesses and superheroes for school supplies and colouring books and stay simple with winter clothing.
- Don’t Be Afraid of Alterations
While you might not want to buy a simple t-shirt that needs to be altered, a heavier item like a coat is well worth the effort. You can still save a lot of money, as many good quality winter coats retail for over $100. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box! Find a large full length coat that’s too long? Have it shortened into a more fitted style. Also, don’t forget to try coats on with a thick sweater to make sure it will fit when wearing layers.
These are just a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for winter clothing without emptying your wallet. In general, there are several staples you should have to fully enjoy the winter months comfortably and in style. If you live in a cold climate, you probably have most of these items already.
Having a good quality winter coat is essential to getting through the winter comfortably. Check out this guide for tips on choosing the best winter jacket for you! Don’t forget to stock up on a variety of sweaters for easy layering. Look for sweaters made of quality fabric like wool, cashmere, silk blends, and natural fibers. Winter accessories like scarves, hats, and mitts can also be purchased cheaply at your local thrift store. This can be a bit more difficult because thrift stores often pile accessories into one large bin, so patience is key!
You can’t get through the winter comfortably in a cold climate without appropriate winter gear. Use these tips to help you build or add to your winter wardrobe!