Victoria - posted on 12/23/2009 ( 66 moms have responded )
Victoria - posted on 12/23/2009 ( 66 moms have responded )
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Shanta - posted on 09/16/2012
Yes I do I have 6 children.
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:
Patricia - posted on 09/14/2012
Oh yes all except shoes. Those need to be new
Luisa - posted on 09/13/2012
Amanda - posted on 09/08/2012
Yep! I run a Mom's buy sell swap in my city on facebook. It's great...especially for little ones who don't wear stuff out:)
Stephanie - posted on 09/01/2012
hi, moms! you all sound like the kind of women who will appreciate this: peace. love. swap! we are a community based event that allows local moms to get together in a fun, party-like atmosphere to swap our gently used maternity, infant, kids and teens clothing, toys and accessories! volunteers set the clothing/up in an organized way on racks and tables while the moms enjoy a silent auction and vendor show w/lots of free samples! i am the regional director for the east coast - virginia through maine, and i also coordinate local swaps in virginia beach. there are peace. love. swaps happening all over the country! and if there's not one in your area, you can always become a coordinator! please check our links/fb pages to see the latest information, or to participate as a volunteer, vendor or swapper! you can email me with questions at email@example.com. check www.peaceloveswap.com and search for your cities - connect w/us on fb, too! :) -stephanie c.
Chaya - posted on 08/26/2012
Anything that can't be washed can be put in the freezer for a few days. There is no reason to buy most things new.
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!
Daina - posted on 08/20/2012
yes definetly!! They grow out of them so quickly! Garage sales are great or gently used children's consignment stores:)
Jewell - posted on 08/20/2012
Yes! www.storkbrokers.com is My go to place for cute, name brand gently used clothing, shoes, etc (Old Navy, Gap, The Children's Place) . I am expecting my 2nd child in Dec and money in our house is very tight! I have stocked up on so many cute baby items there. The clothing & shoes I have gotten there for my 2 year old has been in excellent condition, many barely worn! Storkbrokers has a selection of sizes for boys, girls, and even maternity! This site has been a lifesaver because we only have one income at this time.
You can also sell you no longer needed kid/baby items on StorkBrokers. It's free and they only take 6% of what you sell! I am going to start selling there in hopes of making some extra money for my family.
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.
Correy - posted on 02/11/2012
I sure do!.. I also use Freecycle.org to give/receive gently used items including clothing for Free!
Dannie - posted on 02/08/2012
Kids outgrow clothing so fast when they are younger, so yes, I have and do shop through consignment and gently used clothing spots. Parents seem to only resell items that they themselves would buy, so the clothing is in great shape and I have no worries. Online, I shop at StorkBrokers.com, offline, I have a great local shop that has awesome bargains. Both have definitely enabled me to find fun, interesting items to cloth my daughter in.
Tara - posted on 09/02/2011
I do and a lot of times tags are still on the clothes, I still wash everything before they wear it but it saves a lot of money
IsabElla - posted on 08/30/2011
yep ebay consignment stores and suprising theres alot of name brand like old navy gymboree and so on at good will or any other 2nd hand..
Joanna - posted on 08/30/2011
Absolutely. I just gave a whole lot of beautiful well cared for clothes to the Salvos. If you aren't getting second hand stuff I think you are missing out! What an opportunity to give to charity, awsome 'new' stuff = win -win.
Stacey - posted on 08/30/2011
I buy most of my children't clothing second hand. The prices are so much better, and in today's economy it would be foolish to pay full price for something I can get at Goodwill for 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of new.
Shelly - posted on 08/30/2011
Yes that is how I clothe my family. I also sell used clothing that I find on eBay and make money.
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.
Teri - posted on 08/30/2011
Yes I do. You can find lots of great clothes at resale shops.
Kathryn - posted on 08/29/2011
Of course, recycling at it's best! Plus, used jeans are always more comfortable
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.
Glenda - posted on 08/23/2011
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.
Kymberly - posted on 08/23/2011
Yes! Love it. I prefer gently worn quality items because I know they will stand up to wash and wear - because they already have.
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.
Jane - posted on 08/22/2011
All the time!
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...
Kimberly - posted on 01/01/2010
Why buy new? I can usually find the same thing used for a much lower price and its not like the kids are going to complain about it. They are a little young to care just yet. LOL
Caramia - posted on 01/01/2010
Oh we do as well.We buy stuff on e-bay for dead cheap,brand new and brand names we usually dont go for. i.e. gap,next
Sherreka - posted on 12/27/2009
Yes I do. I try to find things in good condition and I wash them before he wears them. Im not working so I figure I have to save money and his dad buys him new clothes whenever we can afford it.
Mikki - posted on 12/27/2009
Absolutley! I consign my kids clothes and use the instore credit to pick up new items, I am picky, I only buy items that are a good value and in great condition.
Veronica - posted on 12/26/2009
Absolutely!! Wash first and it may require some time looking through stuff, but well worth it.
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
Sharyn - posted on 12/26/2009
i love ebay!!!!
Po - 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
Renee - posted on 12/26/2009
the way things are now a days if there in good shape yes, you dont have to tell
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.
Jessie - posted on 12/25/2009
I don't go to once upon a child or anything but I get alot of items from garage/ yard sales. I also have been going to goodwill alot lately for my 3 kids.
Emily - posted on 12/25/2009
I have shopped retail for my child before. I ALWAYS ensure that the clothes are in good condition and are fire resistant or Low fire danger.