I won’t. I refuse. I can’t. I simply hate paying retail for anything. Top two irks: toilet paper and maternity clothing. Toilet paper, I understand but clothing that is specifically designed for months-wear? Get that noise outta here.
There are discount stores and consignment shops, but Craigslist is the best way to shop when you are a retail-phobe. I search “maternity” on the local Craigslist site and I peruse my options. I find a great deal for eight pieces of maternity clothing for $50:
- 3 pairs of jeans (2 blue jeans, 1 gray jeans)
- 1 dressy top
- 1 casual striped shirt
- 1 sweater
- 1 lounge sweater
- 1 exclusive name-brand trench coat (this alone made it worth the drive!)
Why I love Craigslist for clothing:
- $aving – If saving dozens of dollars isn’t your thing then I guess this reason for Craigslist over retail shopping will not sway you. If you do enjoy saving, Craigslist really is the best place to look for the best deals especially clothing that you depend on to wear for months until you get back into your pre-pregnancy wardrobe. If you look at it pennies on the dollar and price per amount of wearing, then you are definitely saving with Craigslist. For 8 pieces of maternity clothing, each item would be $6.25!
- Not pre-owned; it’s pre-loved – Even if saving is not your top priority or do not enjoy previously-owned clothing, you surely will connect with the benefit of having first-hand experience of personal fit. You know you hate it when you try it on, fits great, and you wash it and it doesn’t fit like it did in the dressing room. With pre-owned clothes, it’s already true-to-size or the previous owner can let you know how it fits. Winning.
- Haggle room– From her extra lot, there were a couple pieces I really wanted and only had a few dollars more. The thing I love about Craigslist is that you can haggle and beg and plead. You can’t do that in Target or even consignment stores. Sporting a pregnant belly and a frazzled, desperate face helped the situation too. Upon leaving and ~$53 gone, I acquired:
- all 8 pieces above
- 3 tank tops
- 1 exclusive name-brand tunic/dress
- pregnancy pillow
Now, each item cost $4.07 each!
- Reduce, reuse, recycle – If none of the reasons above tickle your fancy, at least consider the good deed when you buy from someone trying to sell their items. You are not only helping that person with extra cash, but you too can resell it yourself or donate it since you got it for such an amazing deal. You reduce (materialism), you reuse (perfectly fine clothing), and recycle (good deeds). Again, winning.
SCORE! You can’t do that in Motherhood Maternity.
What did you enjoy or hated about maternity clothes shopping?
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