Emily and I love a good bargain, especially now that we are both moms. I discovered an entire new way of shopping when I was pregnant and was invited to attend the Charleston Repeats Sale (taking place again next weekend!) as a "New Mom." Never again would I buy retail without thinking twice. With resources like ThredUp, OfferUp, Letgo and numerous other local, resale Facebook groups, rarely do I have to make a trip to a large retail store to make my purchases. I've bought everything second-hand, from maternity clothes and baby food, to floor lamps and baskets.
One of my favorite semi-annual sales, the Daniel Island Red Balloon Yard Sale, is quickly approaching. My girlfriends and I make an event of it. We leave our babies with their dads, meet before dawn, grab coffee and a biscuit, then begin the yard sale hunt. It's always fun to show off our goods at the end and decide who gets the "best bargain" bragging rights.
I get excited about the semi/annual sale events, but for the day-to-day stuff, I often try to find it at a local resale shop first. I feel good about shopping second-hand because I am not only saving money, but also supporting local businesses.
We've listed several of our favorite shopping spots below.
For the kids:
Tiny Tadpoles is one of my favorite go-to shops on James Island.
Angels and Rascals in Mount Pleasant has an ever-changing inventory sure to please.
Charleston Repeats Sale is coming up March 9th-12th at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mount Pleasant.
In support of a cause:
Habit for Humanity ReStore has lots of great finds for those DIY projects around the house.
Animal Helpers Retail sale proceeds go to Pet Helpers to save animals in the Lowcountry.
Fashion and home finds:
Reinvented Upscale Resale is where I go for work attire and those staple closet pieces.
Worn. Consignment + Wear for Men is the place to send your man for an affordable wardrobe update.
Consign Charleston is hands down one of my favorite shopping spots! Find anything from designer clothing and jewelry, to furniture for the home.
Mt. Pleasant Mall in... you guessed it, Mt. Pleasant... is housed in an old furniture store and packed to the brim with impressive home items.
Other Events to check out:
My husband requested that I be sure to add that McKevlins and Ocean Surf Shops have a great variety of used surf gear (I guess this is my hint).
Support local businesses by shopping resale instead of retail! Leave us a comment about where you like to bargain hunt. Even we haven't visited all of the great consignment shops around the Lowcountry.