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4 tips for buying kid clothes secondhand

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A young child trying on clothes with his mother.

With two little ones who are growing up way, way too quickly, I'm all for saving money for the clothes they’ll wear for five minutes. I try to steer clear of Target because the Cat & Jack brand is totally adorable and completely my taste but a little on the pricey side. So, to save a little money, I’ve been stopping by secondhand stores before heading to a retail store when my kid’s pants start looking more like capris. Here are some tips I’ve learned when buying clothes at secondhand kids’ stores.

Catch the sale days.

You guys, sometimes when they’re clearing house for a new season, they sell items for A DOLLAR. I’m talking about bins and bins of cute, name brand, gently used clothes for a fraction of what you’d pay a retail store. But make sure you get there early before all the best items are gone!

Compare the prices.

Sometimes I scoff at the prices at secondhand stores when it comes to certain items. I know that if Target or Old Navy is having a sale, the price to buy a new shirt can sometimes come pretty darn close to what they’re selling secondhand. Make sure you really check the tags and price compare on what the item would be brand new.

When it comes to Halloween, only shop secondhand.

Children literally wear a Halloween costume all of 4 or 5 hours for ONE DAY. A second hand kids store is a great place to find Halloween costumes because they’re usually in pristine condition for half the price of what you’ll pay in the regular store. Take the Halloween costumes in from last year to sell back and use that money towards the purchase of a new (to your kid) costume.

Get your baby shoes secondhand (or foot?).

Have you ever seen how fast baby feet grow? I couldn’t wait until my daughter could fit into the Chuck Taylors my friend bought her. I tried them on her every week until finally they fit and boy did she look cute. But I swear it wasn’t two weeks later that I had to wrestle those bad boys on her little feet and up on the shelf they went, without even a scuff. I kept those because they were her first shoes, but you get the point. A lot of people sell back shoes that are in excellent condition. Babies wear shoes for a couple weeks and plus, they can’t even walk yet so how dirty can they get? Secondhand stores are a great place for baby shoes if you’re trying to save some money and they can typically pass for brand new.

What are some tips and tricks you’ve learned buying and selling baby and kid clothes? With two who grow overnight, I’m all ears when it comes to saving a little extra money to clothe my two growing weeds.