Roseville reader Dee Dee Gunther has a "Shop Cheap" tip that she wants to share. Check it out.
"This is not about groceries, but my daughters and I discovered the best "recycled clothes" store for teenagers and young adults. It's Crossroads Trading Company at the TJ Maxx Center on Douglas Boulevard in Roseville. (There's one on Arden Way in Sacramento, too. Check out their website www.crossroadstrading.com) They're not really a consignment store because they buy clothes outright from customers and resell them for a reasonable price. They also have some department store close-outs (new with tags). They only accept young, fashionable, brand-name clothes in really good condition. We did our back-to-school shopping early and loaded up on Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister and Wet Seal tops at about $8.50 each. These are brands that we can't afford at regular prices.
For older girls and guys, they have a lot of party/club clothes, too. I even saw a Vera Wang! The store is clean and attractive with a very helpful staff. The only problem I had was that they group the clothes by type (T-shirts, dresses, skirts, jeans, etc.) and color rather than by size. Digging for the right sizes takes some time. They also are eco-friendly. If you don't ask for a bag for your purchases, they give you a 5-cent coupon to deposit in a choice of jars - each representing a local charity.
This is such a fun place to shop that I now have to explain to my 12-year-old that even though it's cheap, we still can't afford to go every weekend."