It pays be buy used. Take kids’ clothes — the first time they wear them, they look used! How about furniture? Well, nobody ever made fun of antiques, and they’re well-used. Would you pay $25 for a beautiful winter coat that originally cost 10 times that much — and still has the original price tag hanging on it? So this year, think CONSIGNMENT. You can get everything from cool athletic gear to wedding dresses, Persian carpets to chandeliers. We’re talking the high-end stuff at low-end prices. Some local favorites? Plato’s Closet for clothes, Recess for kids’ duds, and I Saw It First for great furniture. All lightly used. Go to the Yellow Pages for a full list of stores and make it your weekend habit to browse a couple. You never know what you might find! And sometimes they have discount sales on top of those already great prices. Can’t beat that.