Your Little Ones Can Learn How To Thrift

Children Learn How To Thrift - Thrifting Diva

Allow me to introduce you to my little Thrifting Diva, Zoe.  Zoe is a smart, beautiful, creative and very determined little girl.  Yes, I am pretty biased, but if you were to ever meet her, you would truly agree with me.  At the ripe age of 5, Zoe decided that she wanted to dress herself for Kindergarten.  Well, if she is going to choose her clothes, then she should learn how to thrift.

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My husband and I were unable to change her mind about her dressing herself, as Zoe stated that she “knew what she liked, and wanted to express herself through her outfits.”  There were definitely some push back in the beginning by hubby, but eventually, he realized it was not a battle he was going to engage in every morning, while trying to get everyone off to school on time.

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I guess I should take some credit for her ability to determine her own fashion sense.  She does see mommy curate her outfits, and put time into her appearance.  Why should we be surprised that she too wanted the same opportunities to together her own outfits.  Once we realized, and pretty much accepted that she was going to be dressing herself, I figured that she should learn the art of thrifting.  In teaching her how to thrift, I enabled her to learn about saving money, adopting patience when you go to thrift stores, and further developing her sense of style.
Children Learn How To Thrift - Thrifting Diva
I have always taken my children to the thrift stores when I thrift.   I want them to understand why I do it, and what I gain from thrifting, and pretty much learn how to do it.  Normally, when we go to the thrift stores, they head directly to the book section.  Luckily there is always a sofa in the area, and they each grab some books, and are perfectly content with reading on their own, until it’s time for us to go.   However, once Zoe started on her mission to dress herself, I started pointing her in the direction of the children’s clothes for her to browse through the selections.

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Today’s blog post features Zoe’s thrifted tulle skirt.  She found this darling blush pink tulle skirt from a consignment store in Annapolis, MD called Return to Oz Consignments on West Street.  This store carries s both children and adult clothing.  We tend to go to this store whenever we are in need of children clothing as they have a rather large selection compared to the other thrift and consignment stores in the area.

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Zoe already knows the area to go for her size and she quickly grabbed this skirt on a recent visit to the store.  As she pulled it off the rack, she checked for the price and told me, “it’s only $6.  I think that is a good price.”  Yes, she is definitely learning how to spot a good deal for items, something I know she learns from me.  She then followed my guidance in truly examining the item to make sure that there weren’t any holes or stains in the skirt.  I have to admit, seeing her do this made me proud.  My little girl was definitely learning how to be a Thrifting Diva.

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She paired her tulle skirt with a gray tshirt, and a denim jacket as it was a little chilly.  Perfect combination wouldn’t you say?

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As for me, I am actually wearing a dress over jeans.  I thrifted this dress for $5 from a vintage store in San Diego called Frock You Vintage.  If you are ever in San Diego, this is a MUST visit for vintage pieces.  The dress is actually rather short, so I opted to wear it with my thrifted DIY distressed jeans.  You have seen these jeans here.  Directions on how to achieve this distressed look can be found here in this post.

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As this was a “errands with the kids” day, I wore my comfy Converse that I got on sale at DSW.   You have seen me styled it here before as well.  I completed the look with my White Coach purse that I got from the Coach outlet on a serious markdown.

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22 Comments

  1. I have only been to a thrift shop a handful of times, and it’s usually only when I was looking for pieces to a Halloween costume, but I will have to remember to bring my kids next time 🙂

  2. My kids love going thrifting with me, It just hurts my feeling to pay a ton of money for stuff they will grow out of in now time!

  3. I love how you’re teaching your daughter to be a Thrifty saving Diva at such a young age. I tried to teach my boys when they were very young but I really don’t think boys pick up on it the way girls do!

  4. Oh, yes! I definitely do teach my kids to thrift. We don’t have the money to buy new stuff, even when it’s on sale. Our local Salvation Army has half off day on Wednesday and that’s usually how we buy their school clothes. . . . except for pants for my son. For some reason, he’s impossible to fit in thrifted pants! LOVE the tulle skirt and how she styled it, especially the polka dot denim jacket/shirt.

  5. My niece is the same way and she is only 4. She will definitely tell you what she likes and doesn’t, and if my sister doesn’t listen, there are tears and an exclamation of, “I don’t like it and won’t wear it.” I think it’s great to encourage our kids to find their own style and teaching them how to find a great deal at a thrift store is so smart.

  6. Love the outfits here! I also love thrifting with my kids. They see that they are able to get a little more for their dollars, and it is fun to have the challenge of finding what you want and like. Best thrift find I had way back for my husband’s senior prom – I found a beautiful prom dress with tags still on for $5 – and it fit perfectly! Best buy ever!

  7. I take my little ones with me when I head out to the thrift store. It is a great way to show them that they can find great items for a great price.

  8. There are so many great thrift shops in our area and I rarely visit them. You have inspired me to take my little man shopping. I am sure we can find an outfit just as great as Zoe!

  9. She is a stylish little one! Such an adorable post. Return to Oz provides 90% of my children’s clothing – great quality and great prices. My mom taught me thrifting and this post brought back happy memories – thanks.

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