Parents using consignment store for back to school uniforms


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 8 at 5:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — Back to school costs are rising. For many parents, fall can be a stressful time when it comes to money.

“They just get more expensive and they require more. The school supplies that they require are that much more too,” Diana White, said.
Compared to last year, school supply sales are down. That's according to the National Retail Federation. Parents are looking for ways to cut costs, and for Diana White that starts in the closet. She's happy one of her two school age children wears uniforms.

“It is cost effective for me because it is so relaxed,” she said.

Though uniforms do make shopping easier, they can still add up. At Kristen's Neat Repeats, owner Stephanie Mcfarlane found a way to offer her customers prices cheaper than most retail stores.

“You look at the tag here;  looks like it was about 24 or 25 dollars, and I’m selling them for 7,” Mcfarlane, said.

There are various uniforms available, brand new with tags.

“We have shorts. We have sweaters. We have skirts, pants, capris,” Mcfarlane, said. 

According to a recent survey by, the average parent spends $131 on back to school clothing. At $7 a pop, you could get almost everything your child needs for under $50.

“I had a lady come in yesterday. She brought in all 3 of her children. She was able to get uniforms for all of them,” Mcfarlane, said.

But, at prices this low, the clothing is flying off the shelves.

“I had about 200 of these and the ad that I ran last week you can see what 's left. People have been coming in and buying them,” Mcfarlane, said.

For more information on Kristen’s Neat Repeats, call 502-231-5667 or click here to visit their Facebook page.