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5 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Kids' Clothing

by Brittney Walker

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Did you know that the only difference between buying clothes new and buying them used is the price? When you have an expensive taste in children's clothes, it's a great idea to try, whenever possible, to buy them used. There are the few outfits that aren't in perfect condition. However, for the most part, especially if you look in the right places, they look brand new!

I only say this because many parents are worried about stains or whatnot, but I can assure you most of what I've picked up has been in wonderful condition. For those worried about germs, just wash the clothes before putting them on your kid. Simple as that!

Finding used clothes to buy is pretty simple too; just do a Google search for "used children's clothing." Regardless, I've listed a few places I love to shop for used clothes online.

1. eBay

eBay is the most well-known online shopping platform, and for good reason. With all their users, it's easy to find what you want, and since price is determined by the seller, you can find some great steals.

When shopping for kids' clothes on eBay, try to buy in lots, as opposed to single items. Lots are usually much better deals than single items, because the seller probably knows what they're selling and want to get the most of it.

2. Thredup

Thredup is an online secondhand store, with anything from baby clothes all the way up to juniors! There are some great savings to be found on this website and others like it.

While you probably won't save as much as on eBay, you are going to know exactly what you will be getting and are guaranteed its condition. It's easier to look for specific things at Thredup, as they focus only on children's clothes. They have plenty of filters to search with, including a budget filter to hide what you can't afford.

3. Once Upon A Child

This is probably the most spread out children's clothing secondhand franchise. The one in my area moved a while back, and I haven't been back since, but I remember it was great. It was organized with a great selection, and it was fun for the kids, too (they had toys).

4. StorkBrokers

This is like the online Craigslist of the baby clothes world. They also sell plenty of other baby and child related items.

You can find some great clothes here for a great price, but their search filters aren't as in depth as with Thredup. The advantage Storkbrokers has over Thredup? Items are listed and sold by real people, moms just like you. This means, usually, that they just want the clothes gone and are willing to take insanely low prices.

5. Your Local Thrift Store!

Thrift stores are like a huge treasure hunt; there's so much to look at, and while there may be a few duds, you will always find at least one perfect outfit for much less than you would have paid new. Depending on your location, you may have more than one local thrift store, and I highly recommend checking them all out, because they all have different stuff. You might find nothing in "Store A" today, but find a cart-full in "Store B."

No matter what your child wears, you can find it all used. There are plenty of places to shop for secondhand clothing, and endless opportunities for savings. Now, all you have to do is figure out what to do with all that extra money.

Take the Next Step:

  • Visit the TDS library for more on buying clothing secondhand.
  • Once you trim your family's budget, don't waste that extra money! Consider opening a savings account to start an emergency fund or save for some other financial goal.
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