Winter weather has arrived in the Northeast, courtesy of another nor’easter on the heels of Superstorm Sandy and is just around the corner for those of us living further south.
The nor’easter hit areas of New York and New Jersey still affected by the devastation delivered by Sandy on Nov. 7, bringing rain, wet snow, more power outages and flight cancellations.
As those up north deal with the winter weather, the Mid-Atlantic region has been dealing with colder than average temperatures, causing many families to pull their winter clothes out of storage.
If your kids are like many, last year’s sweaters, sweatshirts and winter coats don’t fit this year. You may need to do some shopping to keep your kids warm.
Many parents buy winter clothes for their kids for Christmas. Gifts of clothing serves two purposes, providing kids with something they really need and keeping parents from spending a lot of extra money on clothes along with other gifts.
With Christmas still over six weeks away, you may need to buy some things to keep the kids warm now. You may also want to save some money along the way.
A great way to shop for winter clothes for the entire family is to visit your local Goodwill store, consignment store or second hand store.
If you already know where the local stores are, you’re a step ahead of the game. If you’re not sure where to look, there’s a website that can help you find a great charity-driven thrift store.
The Thrift Shopper is a website with links to over 10,000 thrift stores across the country. Type in your zip code and you’ll get a list of many stores where you can find bargains for the family.
When I pulled up a listing for my city, I found eight locations near home, including three Goodwill stores and a D.A.V. thrift shop.
Another great place to look is on Facebook. Many communities have online yard sale groups on Facebook. Type the name of your city followed by “online yard sale” into the search box and you will probably find at least one online yard sale group.
Like a traditional yard sale, you can buy almost anything on the Facebook yard sale group. Those selling post photos of what they want to sell with their asking price. Those wanting to buy either write that they want the item or make a counter offer.
The parties agree upon a price and meet in a public place to finish the sale. In Lynchburg, the parking lot at Target is a favorite meeting place.
One of the best things about winter is sweaters. You’ll find plenty of sweaters as well as other cold weather attire at discounted prices by shopping second hand.