ThriftDo you think ‘fashion’ when you see this sign?  Most people don’t, but I do.  For those who weren’t convinced by my previous post that secondhand can be chic, I present my case:

LondonFogExhibit #1:  I found a London Fog coat for less than $25 – take that Neil Patrick Harris!


AKExhibit #2:  Bandolino and Anne Klein shoes for less than $5 each…



And Exhibit #3:  children’s shirts by major labels like Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger for less than $2 apiece.  These clothes were actually half off the price listed on the tag.  Plus I purchased all these items at Red, White and Blue, a thrift store chain that raises money for Vietnam veterans.  So you can be fashionable; charitable; save money;  and help protect the earth by recycling clothing ALL at the same time!  Now if only Neil Patrick Harris would wear a secondhand suit while hosting the Oscars, that would be really cool!


















It’s hard to find cool clothes for little boys.  But you can’t let girls have all the fun!  I’ve looked far and wide, and the first place I go to for nice clothing for boys is Tea.  Their stuff isn’t inexpensive, but luckily Haute Look is having a sale right now!  Go scoop up some grooviness for your little one.


I’ve loved J.Crew for a long time, waaaaaaay before Michelle Obama made it popular.  This is one brand in which the sizes run big, so I can still wear a size 6!  If you can brave the bad weather, check out the J.Crew sample sale at 260 Fifth Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets.  It runs through Sunday, so if you can’t get there today, there are still more opportunities to score deals on their stylish, fun clothes.  Hours are Tues.-Sat. 10am to 8pm, and Sun. 12pm-6pm, with markdowns on clothes for women, men and kids.












If you have a child with nut allergies like I do, Halloween candy can be pretty scary.  So I order chocolate from Vermont Nut Free every holiday season.  It was founded by the mother of a boy with a peanut allergy.  The site says its entire selection is completely safe for people with tree nut or peanut allergies.  While I can’t guarantee what’s safe for your child, you can find more information and resources on this on my ShopSmart blog.



This was my mood.











I had carefully planned out Halloween.  I had ordered my child’s costume, candy and decorations.  All I had to do was sit back, relax and enjoy the month’s spooky festivities.  THEN my dear husband took our child to a Halloween-themed birthday party.  Our child wore his costume.  My family returned home from the party, along with the costume, except for the hat that went with the outfit.  It was LOST.  There was no way to buy a new one.  The stores were all sold out now.  This was the discussion that ensued with my husband.







I had to leave before further destruction ensued.  So I flew off on a shopping-rage rampage (shopping rage will be the subject of a future blog post).  Fortunately I didn’t do too much damage to my bank balance, AND I began to calm down.  AND I began to realize that my husband – dad – does things differently and that I shouldn’t hate him for it.  While dad may not plan things out as carefully as mom does, that doesn’t mean he can’t roll with the punches and get things done.   Sure enough, when I returned home, my husband had found a new hat that was even better than the one that came with the costume.  Now I’m not a hater, I’m happy.  But I AM going to hide when my husband tries to explain to our child why his Halloween costume has a new hat.












I’ve seen my share of broken wine glasses.  Not from fights with my husband, but by small children who think it’s great to throw objects and see them smash into tiny pieces.  But now it’s safe to drink wine at my house again.  That’s because I use these polymer glasses from Govino.  They’re shatterproof and 100% BPA free.  You may think crystal is classier, but I prefer not having my family members maimed by broken glass.  I like these so much, I may even buy their decanter.  Wait what am I doing?  First, this is supposed to be a fashion blog but I’m talking about wine glasses, and I’m encouraging you to drink!


is the name of my favorite children’s secondhand clothing store.  If you read this blog, you know Fashionmomix is a big fan of used clothing for kids.  I always find great things at Once Upon A Child.  I like the Wilmington, Delaware location best, but I haven’t been able to go there in a while.  Which just means more good stuff left for you!




Tip: DON’T show your child his or her Halloween costume six weeks before Halloween. Your child will want to wear said costume every day, said costume will get dirty, you will end up having to buy another costume and spend twice as much as you need to. That is the unfortunate mistake Fashionmomix made. I do not wish this upon your household.


It’s hard to find interesting boys’ clothes. My personal favorite brands are Mini Boden, Tea (which is actually having a sale now), and Hanna Andersson (more sales there too!), none of which are inexpensive. My friend the Groovy Godmother knows what I like, AND she knows how to save. She bought all these name brand kids’ clothes from eBay for $15 a piece or less – many cost under $5! They’re all in great condition, and since kids mess up their clothes and outgrow them in months, why not buy used? After all, the motto of this fashion blog is there’s no shame in saving money!