Clothing costs are rising

By Mir
February 14, 2011

This is a little FYI to just be aware of: Cotton and other fabrics are experiencing a dramatic price increase, which will soon be reflected in clothing prices.

What does this mean for you? Well, it means you may be spending more, even on sale, not because manufacturers are being greedy, but because their costs are on the rise. You—being smart and pretty and frugal, as always—have hopefully been buying ahead on sales and clearance, anyway, but it’s still worth noting that even your socks and undies may be more expensive in the coming months.

This is also a great time to start exploring thrifting as a way to build your wardrobe. If you have the time and patience, often the best deals are the buried gems at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.


  1. Thanks for the heads up, sparkly Mir. I’m a thrift store shopper by nature, but not for underwear.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Thanks, Mir. My daughter appears to be on the edge of growing out of a size of pants, and she did it so quickly this time that I am NOT PREPARED. Clearly, preparing is a good idea!

  3. Thanks so much for the heads up! My bff turned me on to the thrill of the GW Boutique. That’d be Goodwill! Now I have a hard time spending more than $5 on any piece of clothing.

    Undies and socks, however, are not good used, and we always seem to need new ones in this family of five. Would love any heads up on sales if you see them!

  4. An undies and socks stock-up opportunity heads up: you know how Target was doing that “stock up sale” thing at the beginning of the year? That stuff is all on clearance now (at least at my store). 15-50% off the stock up prices for packages of underwear and socks, as well as workout clothes.

  5. Not only thrifting, but upcycling! I saved many of my old clothes and my daughter loves wearing them and saying, “It’s vintage,” when people ask where she got it. (Can you believe pleated shorts are back in style?) Sometimes all it takes is a small tweak to make something work.

  6. Good job I just got my son some clearance underwear at Target and my daughter some $2 sweaters for next winter at Walmart then!

    Love thrift shopping for kids clothes too. 🙂

  7. Hooray for thrifting! I won’t buy underwear used either, but almost all our other clothing is used. I just got my 11yo son a North Face jacket at the thrift store for just 3! It goes for $128 new on Amazon!

  8. Now I don’t feel so bad for stocking up for next year on all the winter sales. I have my kids’ wardrobes for next fall sitting in a plastic bin upstairs.

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