We’ve all been there—you go to get your son or daughter dressed in the morning and suddenly they seem to have nothing to wear because they’ve outgrown everything. And it can get expensive trying to keep up with their constantly changing sizes! So when you find yourself in the market for some new children’s clothes, keep these options in mind while keeping your budget in check.
Consignment shops are great places to find high-quality, gently used (or new!) children’s clothes. Since most kids—especially babies—outgrow pieces quickly, you can often find clothes that have been worn less than a few times and still look brand new. And many times you’ll see brand new items too. An added bonus to shopping at a consignment store is that most buy their items in-season, which means when you are on the hunt for spring clothes, you won’t have to hunt through countless racks of ski wear or winter sweaters.
Trade with Friends
Trading with friends is always a great way to score some finds for FREE if you happen to know anyone with children who are around the same age as your own. Try hosting a party where you get together for some good company and good food and drinks, and everyone brings items they want to swap. Not only will you be able freshen up your kids wardrobes, but you’ll also be about to clean out a closet or two!
The spring season goes hand in hand with one important thing—garage sales! Check out your neighborhood for postings on the latest sales and you’re sure to find at least one or two pieces to take home. But get there early, children’s items are the most popular and they go fast.
Online retailers are becoming the saving grace of parents everywhere as both time and money savings are simply at the click of a mouse. Auction sites such as eBay have a huge selection of children’s clothes in all seasons and sizes, many brand new with tags still on them. You’ll score an even better deal by looking for sellers marked with free shipping.
If you don’t have any good local sources for gently used items, another option for purchasing new clothes at a discount is outlet malls. Most big-box retailers have outlets offering the same great clothes as their regular stores, but at a fraction of the price.