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How To Save Hundreds on Kids Clothes

Raise your hand if you spend way too much money on your kids clothes. Don’t worry nobody here is judging. Now raise your hand if you are absolutely obsessed with everything from Gap Kids and Baby Gap. Oh, just me? I simply cannot get enough of cute little Baby Gap jeans and hoodies with their little teddy bear ears. What if I told you that I barely spend any money on my kids clothes and that 90% of their wardrobe is from the Gap and Under Armour? Would you believe me? Because it is true. This is hands down my most favorite “life hack” or “mom hack” or “frugal living tip” e-v-e-r.

When I was growing up I can remember my mom dropping $300 at the register at my favorite clothing stores. Now that I am a mom myself I have come to really appreciate her sacrificing my parents hard earned money on my clothes so that I could stop wearing Canyon River Blues from Sears. Please tell me I am not the only one who remembers those things. But now that I am buying clothes for all three of my kids there is simply no way in you know where that I could spend that kind of money on clothes. Besides, kids outgrow their clothes in less than thirty seconds.

Here is how I have come to save literally hundreds and hundreds of dollars on my kids clothes.

One word: Consignment

However, not just any kind of consignment. I tend to buy my kids clothes at the consignments stores that have proven to have a nicer selection of clothes to choose from. Not all second hand stores are the same. Unfortunately, that means that I tend to shift my focus to the more “wealthier” areas of the Twin Cities. Before you start judging me & calling me a clothes snob, it is no secret that people with more money typically spend more on nicer brands of clothes. Am I right? You might wonder why I care about buying “nicer” aka more expensive brands from second hand stores. After all, does it really matter? To me – yes, kind of. You will see why at the end.

At the consignment store I spend quite a lot of time combing through the racks. My husband knows that if I am going shopping for the kids it will be a few hours before I am home. I am incredibly picky on the clothes that I actually buy them & I think you should be, too! Don’t buy anything that looks dingy, has a lot of wear and tear, or is two sizes too big. You don’t want your kids looking like they are wearing clothes that were hand me downs from their cousin that sat in a box in the garage for three years. Be picky! It is possible to shop consignment without your kids feeling or looking like all they have are hand me downs or are part of some kind of “consignment store stigma.”

The best part? When you are particular about the clothes that you buy at consignment stores, you can turn around and sell those clothes right back to them! So not only are you saving so much money simply from buying clothes from there, but now you are getting some of your money back to turn around and spend on the next shopping adventure. Recycled money! That is why I stress the importance buying clothes in the best possible condition so that you can get some money back for them after your kids wear them. Stores are most likely to buy back bigger “nicer” brands, too. There is absolutely nothing wrong with finding some everyday brands from Target or other stores at consignment shops – you just won’t make as much when it comes time to sell back. You might not even care about recycling your clothes money in the first place. Another plus to second hand stores is that if your clothes get destroyed by markers or too many falls while outside playing – no big deal! You barely spent any money on them in the first place so you won’t feel as bad when your kids destroy their clothes.

Okay, let’s recap…

I absolutely love buying all of my kids clothes from consignment stores because it saves us a ridiculous amount of money & they still look adorable! Totally biased here, I know. I love being able to dress them in Gap Kids and Baby Gap without paying a lot for them. Instead of spending $50 on two items of clothes in their store, I can spend $50 on a giant bag of clothes at a second hand store on the same clothes. And if they ruin all of their clothes? No big deal. I have become so used to shopping at consignment stores for my kids (and myself!) that I can’t even bring myself to buy clothes from anywhere else. However, now that my 11 year old is getting older and is outgrowing my favorite consignment store and starting middle school I’ll definitely start buying him clothes at his favorite stores. But man it sure was nice to save all of that money up until now!

Basically if you want to make your money back at consignment stores and recycle your clothes money – go for the nicer brands and stuff in great condition. If you really don’t care, buy whatever you want! Spending $3 on a shirt beats $30.

Go give it a try and tell me what you think!

  • Alex Snider

    April 20, 2017 at 11:45 pm Reply

    I usually get my kids clothes from The Children’s Place, when they have their huge sale before school starts. I’ve also hit up a local consignment shop that does bag sales twice a year. Everything you can fit in a bag for $25. Those I usually do have to buy a size bigger, because it’s stuff they are trying to clear out for the next season’s clothes, but it’s totally worth it. Since I have 4 boys, I don’t have to worry about resale value because it won’t be worth anything once it goes through all of them ?

  • Brigette

    April 21, 2017 at 12:51 am Reply

    I love consignment stores! Next to a thrift store they are the best route in my opinion! I love a good deal and if I can save as mush as possible I’m game! I shop in wealthier areas as well! They tend to have better quality clothes and less stains, wear and regular brands. I’m not a snob in any way but I do want my kids to have great quality things! Great post!

  • Sheila Price

    April 21, 2017 at 8:53 am Reply

    Love your ideas! I’ve been mostly a clearance shopper, but I’m starting to do consignment more. What are your favorite stores?

  • Jen

    April 22, 2017 at 3:20 am Reply

    Love consignment stores – used to do this when my son was small! I have tons of baby girl stuff to consign, I just need to find the time to go through it all!

  • Christine

    April 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm Reply

    Thanks for the ideas! I am a mom of two boys and have never shopped at consignment stores. I use coupons and buy on sales. I do have tons of baby clothes that I donate or consign.

  • Alexie

    April 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm Reply

    such wonderful ideas! I am all about HAND ME DOWNS! They are always nearly as good as new…until my kid is in them hehe

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