As a mom, I have to admit that whenever our family travels more than about 15 miles, we load up our van and all of our gear and it seems to be popping out the windows...and that's just 15 miles!

No matter how much planning, organization and time we have to prepare for a vacation...there always seems to be the "uh-oh" moment when we arrive. The "oh no, we forgot our socks." The "what are we going to do now that we don't have a bathing suit for little Johnny?" The "I am just SURE I packed my little black dress." Yep. We have all been there! We can only remember so many things! After all the planning and packing when we take a vacation - who has time to triple check a suitcase? And really, who wants to go spend MORE money on a weekend outfit that we may never need again? That's where Fort Wayne's great consignment stores come into the picture!

Fort Wayne is home to many gently-used retail stores that might just pick your vacationing spirits up when caught off-guard. 

Clothes Mentor 4720 Coldwater Road Fort Wayne, IN 46825 • (260) 444-4012

Kid to Kid 4122 Lima Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46805 • (260) 739-6156

Once Upon A Child 5315 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 • (260) 484-9993

Plato's Closet 4726 Coldwater Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 • (260) 482-7003

...And let us not forgot the awesome-ness of Goodwill locations!

Store Locations

Brooklyn Ave Store 3127 Brooklyn Avenue Fort Wayne, IN 46809 • (260) 478-6346 

Chapel Ridge Store 10540 Maysville Road Fort Wayne, IN 46835 • (260) 748-0294 

Covington Plaza Store 6256 W. Jefferson Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804 • (260) 459-3438

Dupont Village Store 525 E. Dupont Road Fort Wayne, IN 46825 • (260) 338-0202 

Glenbrook Commons Store 4122 Lima Road B6, Fort Wayne, IN 46805 • (260) 482-5744

Plus there are multiple Thrift Stores including the Salvation Army and Saint Vincent DePaul

Fort Wayne offers many close-to-home vacation must-see spots, so who wants to let a luggage mishap ruin the fun? If you find yourself in a pinch, ready to dive into a hotel pool when you realize you did not remember your suits...time to smile and remember what brought you here! This great diverse city has many consignment shops featuring fashionable attire at an affordable price to help you in a pinch so that you can sit back and relax while enjoying your vacation in the Summit City!

If you're a bargain hunter, don't forget to check out the Visit Fort Wayne Events Calendar for periodic events like outlet sales and markets. 

This post was originally published in July 2012 and has been updated.