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5 Reasons Consignment Shopping is the Way to Go 

I’ll let you in on a little secret, about half my wardrobe is second hand. Growing up my mom would take us garage saling and if we needed something new we would first check our local consignment shop. Now as a mom of two I love shopping second hand for myself and our girls. Here’s why:

To Save Money

It’s quite obvious that shopping second hand stretches your dollar more than spending an afternoon at the mall does. Used products tend to be more than 50% cheaper than buying them brand new. I love not having buyers remorse when I let someone else spend $200 at Nordstrom on Seven Jeans, while I pick them up for $30.

Quality

Like many women, I love fashion and wearing something new is fun and refreshing. That being said, I like good quality clothing, which usually means a designer label. By shopping consignment, I can buy a Free People dress for $25 (regularly $180), a Northface Jacket for $30 (regularly $120), Hunter Boots for $45 (regularly $200) and Lulu Lemon yoga pants for $20 (regularly $180). So instead of spending almost $700 full retail price, I’m walking away with four quality pieces for only $120. While you can often find clothing with the tags still attached, most of the time it has been gently used, meaning you can spot quality. If it’s still in great shape after being worn, clearly it’s a fabulous piece to have in your wardrobe.

Whats the difference between a consignment store and a thrift store? While you can usually find better deals at a thrift store, I find I don’t have time to dig through the giant mass of clothing racks to find the one perfect sweater. At a consignment store people bring their items to sell and make money, while they’re donated at a thrift store. Consignment stores have better quality items, since store owners are picky about what they accept.

Thrill of the Hunt

I don’t know about you, but I get this excitement when I’m flipping through the racks of a consignment store, rummaging through a garage sale or scouring something amazing at a Vintage Market. Finding those Louboutins for only $12.00 instead of $1,000.00… it doesn’t get any better. I always want to be the first one at a Vintage Market, because I don’t want to miss out on anything. It’s so exhilarating and fun, you never know what you’re going to find.

Something Different

While you really have to dig through the racks at a consignment store, I love it because you can find unique items. I find myself being a little braver with fashion trends because I’ll see something I wouldn’t normally pick up. It’s also a lot cheaper so I tend to just go for it.

Green Living

Buying used decreases the creation of new products. You’re putting items to use for a longer period of time, reducing your carbon foot print. By bringing your un-used clothing to a consignment store your recycling and making money at the same time… now who doesn’t like the sound of that?

So why not save the environment and save money at the same time? Plus I’m sure you’ll look great in your fabulous finds. Here are my all-time favorite places to shop:

Foxxy Browns Consignment ~ Best local consignment store, owned by a very dear friend of mine.

Crossroads Trading Co. ~ This is definitely my favorite store of all time. I’ve been to the ones in Seattle, California, Oregon and New York City. Don’t think I’ve ever walked out empty handed.
Crossroads Trading Co.Treasures Under the Tent Vintage Market ~ Picked up some great furniture pieces last year, can hardly wait to go in a couple weeks.

Sept 2015 180 copyWee Ones Reruns ~ My favorite children’s consignment store.

Readers ~ Are there any places you think I’d love?

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Our Family of Four

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ice-cream toddler mom Angela Joy Photography took photos for my sister when her daughter was born and had nothing but wonderful things to say. Since Angela comes to your home, I figured that would be amazing after just having a baby. She has a pure and natural style and specializes in newborn, maternity and family photography. As a mom to three beautiful girls, she has the gentle touch and patience needed to pose, sooth and photograph infants and children. I felt totally comfortable with her holding and posing Everly.  Not only is she fabulous with babies, but she makes the experience so easy on you. She takes all her props and supplies with her, has darling outfits for your baby to wear and has a crazy amount of handmade headbands to choose from. She even had an outfit for Lila to wear. Angela really has the perfect touch and I would highly recommend her to anyone.

After having Lila I realize how fast children grow, which is why I think having professional photos taken is huge. Capturing those fleeting moments you can cherish forever is so special to me. Can’t wait to hang these photos on the walls of our new house.

ps. The last picture of Lila and I eating ice-cream just screams us. I eat healthy, but ice-cream is my weakness ~ I may or may not eat it every day… eek. Of course my Lila girl doesn’t mind one bit!

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Ready to Kick it on the Field

While I’ve always been an active person, soccer was never top on my list of things to do. I mean let’s be honest ~ The last time I played was when I was a kid. I’m not really sure why I decided to give it a try, but last Spring I must have figured it would be a good work out. So between that and bootcamp a couple times a week, I’d be set! The first game was a little terrifying to say the least and I really wasn’t sure I made the right choice… BUT I stuck with it and by the third game I was convinced. I got a little better every time and absolutely LOVED it! Clearly I loved it so much I started a summer league, right here in Lynden.

IMG_9055Last year went really well and I can’t wait for this season to start. Local ladies, you need to consider joining. If you would have told me last year that soccer would be one of my favorite things to do I would have laughed hysterically. So who knows?… maybe the same could happen to you. Or you could hate it, in which case I’m sorry! But you never know until you try, right? One thing I can guarantee is the wonderful group of women you’ll get to meet.

IMG_9050The league is on Wednesday nights from July 27 – September 28 (a total of 10 games). We’ll start the games at 7.00 pm, but you’ll have to be there before 6.40 pm for warm up. All experience levels are welcome, ages 18 and older. We have ladies who are phenomenal and we have ladies who have never played before. The cost is $40. Games are played at Bender Fields in Lynden, WA.

Writing this makes it all the more real… I’ve got two more weeks of relaxing until I’m cleared to work out… the countdown is on…eek!

Here’s the link for registration and league details ~ Lynden Womens Soccer League

Hope to see you on the field,

Jo

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