Back to school on a budget with consignment shopping

Consignment shopping for kids


Updated Aug. 31, 2015

By Janice Herrema Wagner

Mary Youngblood was a mom who thought she had to buy everything brand new for her three kids.

“But then I went to a neighbor’s garage sale and picked up such great finds for next to nothing, and I’ve been buying consignment for the kid’s ever since,” says Youngblood who lives in Lithicum.

In fact, Youngblood liked buying consignment so much she opened her own consignment shop, Dapper & Dainty, in Linthicum Heights two years ago.

“Consignment is becoming more chic in this economy, and especially for children’s clothing, which there is no reason to buy new,” Youngblood says.

If you haven’t tried shopping consignment before, now is the time to start. Outfitting your student with everything they need for school doesn’t have to empty your wallet. You can complete the back-to-school ensemble, from head to toe and backpack to lunchbox, by hitting area consignment shops.

“It is no longer cool to spend $80 on one item, and so rewarding to say how much money you saved,” says Mimi Shea, owner of Wee-Sale and She-Sale consignment sales, and a mother of two from Severna Park.