Back to school isn’t just for kids; teachers want to look their best too. It can be easy, fun and inexpensive. This year, incorporate local thrift and consignment stores into your back-to-school shopping. You don’t have to spend a lot of money for high quality clothing!

The McKinney Goodwill, The Samaritan Inn — INN Style Retail Store and Plaza Thrift have brands like Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and J. Crew for less than $5. Plan to go on a day when you’re up for a hunt. It’s important to look through every item to discover the hidden gems.

Look incredible and save big on back to school styles! As you shop, be sure to give unknown brands a chance. No one else knows who made that great find, and the ability to pair thrifted pieces with more expensive items shows off your savvy style.

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Look for colored and printed skirts and pants to add variety into your closet. Pair them with a subtle texture, like this sweater, for an outfit with great visual interest.

 

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Bold accessories can be picked up at a fraction of the cost of new pieces.

 

 

 

 
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Local resale shops like Plato’s Closet and The Clothes Mentor are great places to look for unique patterned and detailed tops. They’re also perfect for designer denim on a dime, with brands like Miss Me, Joe Fresh, 7 for All Mankind and more. For the perfect boyfriend-style jeans, choose a skinny or boot-cut pair a few sizes above your norm.

 

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TIP: Find a piece you love that’s a little too big? Take it to a local tailor and have it fitted. You’ll spend less than you would on a brand new item, and it will look expensive because it fits you perfectly.

 

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Mix thrifted pieces, like this embellished skirt, with your current wardrobe to create fresh looks. Looking for items for younger kids? Try Kid to Kid or Once Upon a Child, both in McKinney.

 

 

 

About the author: Caitlin Skidmore lives in McKinney with her husband, dog and a closet-full of thrift and consignment pieces. Contact her at skidmore.caitlin@gmail.com.