Frugalicious! The Broke Socialite’s Quest for Her Son’s Suit for Winter Prom… Salvation Army to the Rescue! (video)
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on January 30, 2010
One fun, frugal blog out in the blogosphere is The Broke Socialite. Lots of unique ideas on saving money by thrifting, DIY, and following sales, so if you haven’t already, check it out.
This is from her post earlier this month on buying a used men’s suit from the thrift store for her football-playing son to wear to his Winter Prom.
Buying our teenagers clothing for special events like school dances can really hit family budgets with a wallop, but Goodwill, Salvation Army, used consignment clothing stores, and other second-hand stores offer gently used clothing at a fraction of the cost. Many have designer inventories at bargain prices.
The Broke Socialite’s quest paid off… a sharp-looking ensemble for her son’s prom for a song. And it looks brand-new. Chic and cheap, just the way I like it.
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The Broke Socialite writes:
Our son, Gareth, will attend his Senior Winter dance on Sunday and, being the good sport that he is so easily bribed, he allowed me to use him as a subject in one of my thrifting projects.
You see, Gareth wrestles and his weight is fluctuating like nobody’s business these days. When I found that his suits were too big, I thought it might be a good idea to search a thrift store for a suit that he might wear to his soiree. Though he is svelte right now, as soon as he can eat regularly again, he will filling out his old suits like the linebacker that he is. So why invest hundreds of dollars in a new one, right? Right.
Check us out as we begin our search at the Salvation Army Store. What I can reveal is that we DID find a suit. It’s at the tailor and will be ready tomorrow. I’ll share the pay-off in a post on Sunday. Y’all won’t believe it!
As it turned out, Gareth’s haircut ran longer than we thought as he prepared for Sunday’s dance. Unfortunately, we were unable to get any video footage before we had to whisk off to the picture party and then the kids to their dinner reservation. I am happy to share a picture of Gareth and his friend, Libby, before they left the pre-dance festivities.
Gareth is wearing his $7.50 Emanuel Ungaro suit navy pinstripe suit and a $4.00 blue pinpoint Brooks Brothers shirt from the Salvation Army Store and a $45 Sid Mashburn silk bowtie. He was excited about how well his ensemble pulled together. I also spent $15 on hemming the suit’s pants. At the end of the day, I spent about $72. That works for me.
Had I paid retail, I’d have spent at least $150 for a suit (did you notice that it was originally $500?!) and $40 for a shirt.
The pep in Gareth’s step? Priceless. Sorry, MasterCard.