Resale shops allow parents to shop big, pay small for school clothes


by Katherine Whaley / KHOU 11 News

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 6 at 5:40 PM

HOUSTON—The kiddos are back in school, fall is around the corner and that means it’s time for a wardrobe update!  With current economic conditions, many parents are finding more bang for their buck at local resale shops.

Second grader Juliana is resale shopping, with her budget-conscious mom, at the Bluebird Circle resale shop near downtown Houston.

"School just started, but I have a feeling that she might not be wearing these clothes for long," Juliana’s mother said.  Juliana has grown several inches in the last year, and she outgrows her clothing pretty quickly. "It’s great because if she’s out of these in a month, it doesn’t matter because I didn’t spend as much as I would in a department store." 

Kids’ clothes at the Bluebird Circle resale shop cost at least half as much as the mall. 

"I like dresses," Juliana said.  Whole outfits can cost as little as $20.

"Why pay retail when you can go resale," is the philosophy that keeps the store busy.  

Mollie Jones, Bluebird Circle clothing chairman said shoes, even school uniforms, fly off the shelves during the school year.  Parents can also find kids accessories as well.  We found a cute purse for six bucks and a boy’s belt for just $12. 

Jones explains that shopping at resale stores can be a good deal for everyone.  At the Bluebird Circle, the money that comes into the store goes to help fund a clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital. 

"It really does go full circle because a lot of those kids who’ve been ill, we’ve helped care for, end up shopping here," Jones explained.

So, if you’re looking to score big on a small budget, keep a couple tips in mind.  Jones recommends you keep an open mind, be prepared to dig and visit the store frequently because some of the best finds get scooped up quickly.