Do you or would you shop resale for clothing for your child?
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Helen - posted on 12/26/2009
mostly mine have had a lot of clothes given by friends whose children have out grown them. jumbles and charity shops are fab - loads of 'new' clothes that the children can wear and grow out of quickly and then if still in good condition go back to be resold.
Dawna - posted on 12/23/2009
Quoting Debbie :
I started working at a Once Upon A Child about 2 1/2 years ago. I see the care and training we go through to look for like new/gently used items. It has convinced me and I now buy alot of clothing for my children there. There is no way my daughter would get Abercrombie etc. unless it's used. Why pay the full price when it's just as nice. =)
I love our local Once Upon A Child. I sell my daughter's gently used clothes to them, and buy some new stuff from them. Most of my daughter's clothes are hand-me-downs from a cousin who buys very expensive brands, and I can often sell them for a nice bit of cash after my daughter outgrows them. There's no reason to buy brand new if the used stuff looks as nice, and we have no money right now, so used is the only way we can keep her clothed, but even if our finances change, I will continue to shop for her this way. We can always find better ways to use the money we save.
Brandi - posted on 12/23/2009
Absolutely!!!!!!!! Where I live there are usually 2 resale EVENTS per year and I try to make it to BOTH of them. The most recent one was in the fall and I left with 2 grocery bags FULL of clothes for BOTH my kids and only paid 20 bucks. The clothes are almost like new (some even still have the tags attached). They also have toys, shoes, coats, strollers, playpens, anything you could need. Babies and toddlers outgrow things soooooo fast that they rarely wear out their clothes and such, so why not get a second life out of someone else's "used" clothes.
Beth - posted on 09/15/2012
I buy wherever I can get a deal: consignment sales/shops, Kohl's with coupons, yard sales, thrift shops, Plato's Closet (teen resale), ThredUp (kids resale), etc. ThredUp is offering $10 off first purchase:
Stephanie - posted on 09/01/2012
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Kealie - posted on 08/22/2012
Absolutely! I shop at a place called Once Upon a Child. It's great! They sift through donations and only keep new and gently used items, then mark them down by at least 50 to 75% or more from retail. I donate too, and they pay you for what they keep to sell. Can't beat that!
Chaya - posted on 07/25/2012
I pretty much buy everything second hand. Yes, the clothes are used, so are yours. We have a washing machine and dryer, so that works, additionally, you are more likely to find more appropriate clothing for your needs, at 10-15% of what you'd pay for new. The clothes are already broken in, you have to look carefully for stains holes, etc. I bring my ex with me because he gets neurotic about it. I also buy housewares and cabbage patch dolls, if you're going to do that, put them in the freezer for 24-72 hours before allowing your children to play with them, if I'm lucky, I can buy band instruments which I buy for cheap, repair, and resell them. Then I return to the thrit store
Chrissy - posted on 02/13/2012
Absolutely!!! For $2-4 a piece I get NAME BRANDS that are gently used... which last WWAAAYYY longer than the discount brands for the same price. Plus, I'm sooo over the whole everyone wearing the same Carter's and Target items!!! :) Consignment sales rock!!!
Kymberly - posted on 02/12/2012
I love Resale! Great bargains, green, and a pre-proven track record that it will wash and wear well because it already has! Clothing whether purchased new or resale should always be washed before wearing. A network news program did a study on brand new clothing. It was filthy! Between manufacture, shipping and handling, and try-on whether new or gently used the washer is your friend.
Donna - posted on 08/30/2011
I shop resale and have sold resale myself! Most people that are selling resale have done their best to keep the items it extremely good condition. Most of the time the children just out grew the items before they had time enough to get messed up. Also, the consignment shops and sales I have had dealings with are pretty strict about what they let be consigned as it reflects on them too. They check for stains, rips, tears, smells, etc. before you are even allowed to consign with them. I feel very comfortable any children's consignment stuff I purchase especially since I wash it before they wear it too just in case.
Kelly - posted on 08/24/2011
sure why not? actually did better there for school pants than at the store because my son is a skinny little butt and the smallest sizes on the mens rack so I found American Eagle and JCPenny brands he likes. However I will caution everyone (we own a Pest Control Co.) Bed bugs are hugely on the rise. They are also extemely expensive to get rid of and usually not onyour own. Plastic bag ALL used items and take them straight to the washer!!!
Trish - posted on 08/24/2011
ABSOLUTELY!!! Children grow so fast that they barely wear some things. Even after both of my boys wore my favorite, I still sold them & made many moms happy because everything was clean (& smelled like Dreft) & in excellent condition. That's not to say they weren't worn, but there were no stains, holes or rips. Those are exactly the kinds of items I looked for as my children grew & needed school & play clothes. All of my friends had girls so their were no hand-me -downs from friends & my boys have NO cousins. With how fast they grow, they would look ridiculous 1/2 the year without resale shops & rummage sales.
Jennifer - posted on 08/24/2011
Definitely. I bought three nice pairs of jeans for my older boy at Savers for the cost of a so-so pair from Wal-Mart, and he got Old Navy and Levi's as two of the pairs, and both were adjustable which is good, because he'll take a 4T now, but he is slender enough he fits into his brothers 18 month pants no problem. I also shop there for myself, because you can get some really nice clothes for a good price. And the place I go to, Savers, contributes to Candlelighters in my area, so i get to help kids with cancer as well, while saving money. And I have taken tons of stuff in to there as well, and need to take more, lol.
Karenda - posted on 08/24/2011
Absolutely, positively. Kids clothes are so expensive, and when they are younger they aren't that particular. I go the the "Just Between Friends" consignment sales. The are awesome. There are sales all over the country, just search it on the web to find the towns having sales near you.
Susan - posted on 08/23/2011
Yes, when the child is small. I am careful what I purchase, but since they out grow clothes fast in the first few years, it only makes sense. THere are a number of resale shops in my area and I look at them all. I also purchase lots and lots of our toys there. Great things at a terrific price. I have found things that were favorites, and some that didn't take. So if they didn't take, I just resell them and let someone else enjoy them. And if the toy they loved is large, then when they completely use interest in it, and it has been put away for a while and brought out again, and it is just not interesting....I take those things back to the resale shop....I think they are great, althought I don't purchase everything there, it is an great option.
I do shop at consignment sales for my 4 kids. I keep most of my older son and daughter's things to hand down to the younger 2. I don't shop them exlusively because sometimes it's hard to find a good fit. Also, my older son is hard on clothes, so I buy him jeans at a dept store that has a guarantee on them. You can find some really nice and cheap stuff at consignment sales and some things are actually brand new.
Tracie - posted on 08/23/2011
Always! There's a fantastic resale shop near me that has new or nearly new clothing for crazy cheap. I was able to get an entire school wardrobe for both of my girls for only $30! Beat that! On the flip side, I have a great place to sell the clothes when my girls outgrow them. It's a win/win.
Summer - posted on 08/23/2011
i go to thrift stores all the time and I get lots of hand me downs. Of course I check and make sure they look clean and in good form but I figure might as well do that as I am able too cause once my children get older they are going to want the expensive stuff. I also send my nephew and friends clothes that my children have out grown or I give back to the community.
Elizabeth - posted on 08/22/2011
Almost all of my daughter's clothing is either hand-me-downs from her older cousins or bought from the local thrift shops, except a few things bought for holidays or gifts from her grandparents. The way my two year old stains, rips, and otherwisedly destroys her clothes, there is no point in paying full (or even sale!) price for them. She always looks pretty or cute, we don't go broke, and we don't have to fuss at her for having fun getting dirty!
Vicki - posted on 08/13/2011
I buy second hand, for both me and my boy. Having said that I haven't needed to buy anything recently. My nephew is only three months older but has gone into the next size so we've had a lot of hand me downs. I also make some trousers (for both boys) as I've found that the shop sizes are either too wide or too short.
Melanie - posted on 08/12/2011
I do shop resale shops in our area. Another good place to look is Just Between Friends. It is a group of moms nationwide that hold sales of gently used items that you would use for your children. They have about everything for kids. It is a consignment sale but you can get good price on name brand clothing, toys, furniture,& etc. They also carry maternity. They usual have sales twice a year. You should be able to look them up on the internet.
Kimberly - posted on 01/09/2010
I love hand me downs! We didn't buy clothes for our daughter until she was 6 months. A friend has just had a lil girl and gave us all kinds of clothes. (she even had a FUBU mini skirt which her father did not let her wear!) Kids clothes are the best to buy second hand because the clothes are seldom worn. Look for places like "Once Upon A Child" where you can resell the clothes or toys and get money back or use it to buy more clothes.
Tiffany - posted on 01/08/2010
yeah i almost ONLY buy used. Also I have a friend who's son is the next size up from mine, and SHE buys the EXPENSIVE brands, which she passes on to me! LOL FREE! unfortunately, MY son is catching her son in size, rapidly, even tho they are 2 years apart... Anyway, good will, ebay, yard sales, TJmaxx, Ross, Craigslist, ect... AND SHOES: dont even get me started! $15 for a pair he will wear like 4 months.. OMG! and $15 is cheap-os from wally world. They outgrow so fast, and my son has SO much stuff he hardly wears all of it. BTW: all the stuff that is GIVEN to me, i pass on. I dont sell it. I try and pay it forward...
LaShonda - posted on 12/26/2009
i shop at thrift stores all the time for some cloths especially for play cloths they get washed before an you should also wash them before lettin your baby wear them. its not that bad when you think about,just think about the money you will be saving on play cloths
User - posted on 12/26/2009
we dont buy our kids clothing second hand but we do cosign their used clothing and donate some too goodwill.. my kids have super senstive skin and i dont know if the previous person smoked used certain nono products etc it's just not an option even washing things a few times doesn't get all the things out our kids have issues with
Melissa - posted on 12/24/2009
I believe it's the best thing out there - you get brand name clothing really inexpensive.
It's the only way I dress my son. Once Upon A Child is the best store for me, all there stuff is checked before bought so you get good quality and it is very gently used!
I wasn't sure what shop resale was, but after reading a few other posts I now do. Since pregnant with my first (I have 2 boys), I've purchased a few items new (mostly impulse buys... like "oh this is TOO cute!"), but most have been through eBay. Everything from clothes to nappies (cloth), even the car seat, Baby Bjorn carrier and baby hammock.
It's a great way to save money! I was even able to buy a lot of new stuff (the car seat, Bjorn and hammock were all new) for used prices. And, I paid a total of $900 for all my nappies, boosters, covers and a few all in ones. That's $900 spent for nappies that 2 kids have used (my youngest is still using them)!! There's no way I could have spent the same amount of money to diaper 2 kids.
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