Buying Clothes at End of Season for the Next Year: Do You?
Friday, July 6th, 2012
Unbelievably, I have started to see end of the summer sales on clothes already! It’s barely warming up here in the south after a few months of rainy, cooler summer weather (no complaints, but still, it doesn’t seem like summer has truly started yet). Already the stores here are rolling out the winter/back to school clothes and putting summer clothes out on the clearance racks. Clearance? Already?
The first thing I think when I see this: We’ve barely even gotten to the fireworks yet!
The second thought: Maybe this year I should start thinking about buying out of season clothes in preparation for NEXT year.
I have never been one of those shoppers who can do this. I’m in awe of one of my friends. At the end of each season she has her husband watch the kids for an entire day and she hits outlet stores, like Gap and Children’s Place. She racks up a large variety of end of season clothes, purchasing the size she feels her children will need the next season, and then she tucks them away in large plastic boxes. A year later, she opens the box and has an entirely new wardrobe of clothes for her kids that she got at seventy percent or so off!
And every time I watch her do this, I say, “I’m going to do that this year!”
But I never have.
Which makes me feel a bit inadequate and overwhelmed, if I must be honest. I barely know what we will wear tomorrow, much less nine months from now.
Each end of the season I think I’m going to be prepared, get organized and go shopping. I figure I can at least think ahead enough to pick up a few new swimsuits for the girls, several pairs of shorts, and some nice tops at the end of summer, so once winter blows away and it starts to warm again I don’t have to buy a new season’s clothes when they are at their highest prices.
This year it is my goal: go out, cruise the racks, and get a few clothes for the girls for next year. I’m writing it on my calendar, and I’m going to do it. I’m pretty sure, anyway.
I thought it would be fun to hear whether or not our readers shop end of the season sales to stock up on clothes for the following year. If you do, have you found it a great way to save money on clothes? And if you don’t, why not?