Savvy Secondhand Clothes Guide

Secondhand sales are up 35%. Consumer Reports shows us how to take advantage of this trend.

Keep in mind, the price drops significantly the longer the clothing stays in the store...sometimes to just a few dollars.

A smart tip: Let the owner know what you're interested in. Then when new stuff comes in she can call you.

Nonprofit thrift stores like Goodwill and the Salvation Army are even less expensive and often have a bigger selection.

And the money you spend goes to charity.

Consumer Reports warns to check carefully for rips or stains and don't buy anything that really doesn't fit.

"You're not likely to be able to return anything," says Consumer Reports Tobie Stanger.

Consumer Reports says don't confuse consignment stories with vintage shops, where clothing is a lot pricier.

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