I noticed a couple weeks ago that our son was starting to ourgrow most of his hand-me-down shoes. His toes have gotten to the end of his size 5s, so I knew it was time for a trip to the thrift store. I decided to get him two pairs of size 6 shoes, as I figured that would last him until he needs a bigger size.
It only took me a few minutes to find exactly what I needed. I found a pair of Stride Rite shoes (super cool, with little surf boards all over them – my husband said he’d like a pair in his size) and a pair of Lands End shoes, both size 6, and both with almost no wear at all (no toe imprints inside, no wear showing on the soles). I also found a pair of size 6 winter boots – just in time, since we’re supposed to get a foot of snow over the next two days.
As a bonus, I came across a miniature catcher’s mitt, which my husband thought was my best score of the day. He got out his own glove and started playing a toddler version of catch with our son as soon as I got home.
All together, I spent $12. For two pairs of shoes, boots, and a mitt. I knew that Lands End and Stride Rite are good brands, but just out of curiosity I checked their websites to see what sort of a deal I got. Most of the shoes on the Stride Rite site were in the $40 – $55 range, and the Lands End shoes were about $30.
In keeping with my mission to declutter our house, I dropped off a carload of donations at the thrift store. The catcher’s mitt wasn’t on my list, but it was just too awesome to pass up.
If you’re not already shopping in thrift stores, you gotta start!