More often than not, the clothes we buy for our kids are secondhand clothes. As long as they are in good condition, they fit well, and we think they are cute, we have no problem with used clothes. You can call them “pre-owned” or “pre-worn” if it makes you feel better. Here are six of the reason why we buy kids clothes secondhand.
1. It’s waaaay cheaper.
Between thrift stores, garage sales, consignment sales and swaps (just to mention a few), there are plenty of ways to get kids clothes cheap or even free . For the price of a new pair of jeans, you could get three or four (or many more!) used ones. Saving money is the number one reason for buying used clothes.
2. There is plenty of variety.
You don’t have to worry about having the same shirt for picture day as three other girls in class. Choose classic patterns and styles that are always in fashion. The inventory at thrift stores is always changing. Sure, there will be plenty of things you’ll turn down, but you’ll also find lots of gems.
3. If your kids stain or ruin something the first time they wear it, you’re not out much.
Whether it’s markers at school, spaghetti at dinner or grass stains on the playground, it seems like kids clothes are a magnet for disaster. I would be pretty sad if I spent a mint on a brand new outfit only to have it be ruined the first time my kid wears it. Buying used clothes won’t make your kids less messy, but it will save some frustration on your part.
4. You can actually make money!
That Gymboree dress you got at a yard sale for a dollar will sell on ebay for $20, if it manages to survive #3 above! When you find excellent kids clothes at a great price, go ahead and grab them, even if they won’t fit your kids. You can sell them on ebay or turn them in for credit at your local consignment store. You can also sell used kids clothes online at ThredUp.
5. It’s green!
Buying used is a way to recycle. It keeps good items out of landfills and decreases the demand for new manufacturing. By making “buying used” your standard, you are being more environmentally friendly.
6. Kids grow fast and unpredictably.
Buying used kids clothes also allows you to buy a season and size ahead without over-spending. Even when seasons and sizes don’t match up, it’s nice that you didn’t pay full price for those items they’ll never wear. Replacing an entire wardrobe of outgrown clothes by shopping at thrift stores and garage sales won’t ruin your budget like running out to the mall. You can pass on the clothes that don’t fit to another family to help them save money on clothes!
How about you…
- Do you regularly buy secondhand children’s clothes?
- What are the biggest reason you do or don’t buy used kids clothes?
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