Girl Scouts is a wonderful organization to get your daughter involved in! Girls learn so much about the world, how to be independent, and the importance of helping others. With all the various costs included as part of the activity, it's nice to save money on discounted Girl Scout uniforms. The money you'll save is definitely better spent elsewhere.
Buying New Girl Scout Uniforms
There is only one source for buying new official Girl Scout uniforms - from the official Girl Scouts official online store. They offer everything from your standard uniforms to the necessities that you daughter will need for camping and various activities. If you want to get a discount, you can easily visit their clearance section online or find a store near you that you can call to check on regional sales and coupon events they are having. The online store also periodically provides coupon codes, which show up in the slideshow on the store's home page, offering various discounts.
Fortunately, Girl Scouts are no longer required to wear the full dress uniform for most events. Rather, the standard uniform now consists of a white shirt and khaki trousers, which can make the investment considerably less costly. This is especially true if the girl's school mandates the same uniform - then all she has to do is put on her pin, sash, or vest - one of which is required - and she's ready for scouting.
The most inexpensive places to find these pants and shirts would be your local Target or Walmart. While you can turn to consignment or secondhand options for the khaki pants, it's best to purchase the white shirt new since they stain much quicker.
Saving Money on Used Girl Scout Uniforms
Purchasing brand-new, high-priced Girl Scout Uniforms isn't always necessary. There are various ways to acquire the same or similar uniform for a huge discount - or even for free!
Searching secondhand or consignment shops can still yield uniforms in good condition, but it's a gamble, and can be time consuming-so keep that in mind. Every city has their own unique secondhand or consignment stores, but there are some that are national as well, such as Goodwill and Salvation Army. If you are searching for a consignment store that is local to your area, it is easiest to check your local paper for locations or run a quick Google search to see which specific local stores have Girl Scout uniforms on hand at the time you are going to be shopping.
Whether you are looking for a more specific uniform or something more general, eBay is an awesome place to shop online and find exactly what you need. They have wonderful search options on the left hand side of your screen that will enable you to focus on price, type of uniform, color, and size, making your searching experience much easier!
Arrange a Local Uniform Swap
Scouting is a community activity. What better way to get discount Girl Scout uniforms than by reaching out to the community? Traditionally, there has been an exchange available, whereby outgrown or otherwise cast-off uniforms are available to new Scouts either for free or at a steep markdown. Your local Scouting council should be able to advise you. This works best for new Brownies - those graduating into Juniors have no need of their old uniform and it's usually still in perfectly wearable condition.
If there isn't a scheduled swap, you can easily organize one yourself by speaking with your troop leader before your first meeting and reach out to the outer moms to get involved! This is a wonderful opportunity to swap and get uniforms for free!
Buy During 'Off' Seasons
Girl Scouts typically runs during the same time of the year that the kids are in school, unless there big trips planned ahead of time. Because some of the items Girl Scouts wear serve double-duty as school uniforms, early summer is a great time to look for Girl Scout uniforms for the upcoming year for your daughter. Since stores are trying to get rid of old uniforms in preparation for new ones, they are sometimes willing to sell the uniforms they currently have in stock for 50% off, or more in some cases!
Post 'Wanted' Advertisements
Ask and you shall receive! Sometimes all you need to do is put it out there that you are on the market for Girl Scout uniforms and you will find many local people who are willing to sell uniforms they don't want anymore for a very reasonable price - or even give them to you for free! You can cheaply put an advertisement in your local paper, the website for your local paper, or more well-known websites such as Craigslist. Since Craigslist is broken down into cities, you can easily make your posting accessible to people in your local area.
Check Your Local Paper
In addition to advertising your needs in appropriate media or online outlets, also check these local resources for other people's postings! You may discover that people are trying to give away or sell old uniforms the same way you are trying to attain them.
During the summer and moving into early fall, many people in your local or surrounding neighborhoods will be hosting garage sales to help clean our their homes and make a little extra money. Typically, people almost give their old things away during a garage sale, so this is a perfect opportunity to scout for unwanted uniforms! You can easily search using the website Garage Sale Finder, which will guide you to search for garage sales by location and type. You can even see pictures of what will be sold so you will know if there will be Girl Scout uniforms for sale!
Speak With Your Troop Leader
If you have tried all the options listed, and aren't having any luck finding what you want in the size that you need, or if prices are still over your budget, speak with the Girl Scout troop leader. She will likely be happy to supply you and your family with any resources she knows about. Above all, don't give up. The Girl Scouts do not want to lose a prospective member because uniform costs are an issue. Be proactive about asking for help - chances are that you will be pleasantly surprised by the response.