how to get rid of baby clothing and not wanting too

Stephanie - posted on 04/04/2012 ( 30 moms have responded )

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How do you sell your baby clothing when you feel like hanging on to it for future use? I have lots of baby clothing and various other sizes of boys clothing but I really don't want to sell them because of the thought of may needing them for another pregnancy. I feel so guilty letting go of the clothing but everyone else wants me to get rid of it all.

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Andrea - posted on 04/04/2012

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I resell the clothes I don't have an attachment to and don't think I will reuse but so far have kept more than I've sold. I go back and forth with keeping or selling so I can buy more. We do plan to have at least one more child though and since my oldest is just turning 3 this month I do not have too many boxes to deal handle.

It did help me decide to downsize when my cousins had a yard sale and their mother put stuff in it. They were selling infant clothes they wore when they were kids and the oldest is 32! Half the stuff she had saved for so long had to be thrown out because it was molded, musty or just falling apart. The rest of it was given to Goodwill because no one wanted to buy such outdated clothes (my cousins all have kids the clothes would have fit but none of them wanted them).

Bonnie - posted on 04/05/2012

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It's just up to you. I have two sons, 8/9, and 6 1/2, we plan on another baby in our future. My boys destroyed most of the baby gear we used when they were small, and so I will need to replace that anyway. As for baby clothes, I held onto some memorable pieces, and gave away the rest. Some things need to be replaced with new due to safety, like baby cribs. Clothing should stay in good condition for years if stored well. Personally, clothing after 6 years, tends to get out of date, or just worn out and needs replacing. You will know if something needs to get thrown out, donated, or stored for possible future babies.

Bonnie - posted on 04/05/2012

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I know how you feel Stephanie. My parents especially, by the time my second child turned 1, they started asking, "so when are you going to start selling everything?" I kept asking why. They automatically thought we were done having kids, but at the same time, thought we didn't need to have anymore kids lol. The decision is really only up to you and your partner/husband.

Bonnie - posted on 04/05/2012

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We kept every single baby item as well...high chair, playpen, crib, exersaucer, rocker, change table. If you are going to put it to use in the future, why get rid of it? I just thinking of all the money I am saving now because we kept everything.

Kristi - posted on 04/05/2012

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I am in the same boat Stephanie. I just don't feel the need to move it along as fast as everyone else. It's so expensive to buy it again, too! Well, now I am so glad I did keep it, because now I am expecting again (4 years later). I am waiting to find out boy or girl still, but then I will thin things out a little. I have two girls already. I think the main thing is to go through and donate items that are worn or stained to a neighborhood clothing bank. Keep the receipt and itemize your donation on your taxes. Make sure you keep a list of what you donated (jeans, t-shirts, sweater, boots, etc.). I saved a bundle!! If you use Turbo Tax it even has a tool to help you. I was amazed at how much I saved on my taxes because of donations of clothing and old household goods. Keep the stuff that is in good shape, or onesies and under-things like that where it doesn't matter so much what color/decorations it has, etc. I try to especially hang on to things that are expensive to replace. Jeans, sweaters, shoes and coats. The other thing to do, is to keep it organized in bins. You can buy used ones inexpensively at thrift stores or new ones at dollar stores or Fred Meyer on sale. Clear ones are nice so you can see into them a bit, but sort them by size, and then make a clear label on the end so you can see them while they are stacked in your storage area. Don't keep more than six or eight bins, including one for shoes. Be picky. Then tell everyone else to butt out and show off/brag about your savings. If you finally get to the point where you really know you won't need it again. Donate it or sell it and feel good about helping someone else/the extra pocket money! :) Good luck!

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Cecilie - posted on 07/31/2012

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hello stephanie, im an expectant mother this end of the month...if you are willing to give it to me....right now we are in financial crisis and havent anything for my baby yet....i will respect if you dont want to get rid of it yet...im from the philippines...you can email me noelb34@yahoo.com
thank you so much

Danielle - posted on 04/14/2012

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I did the same thing but I finally got rid of everything a couple years ago. There was an apartment fire in our area and one couple lost everything. She was pregnant and I gave most of the clothes away. The only things I kept were the outfit he came home in, some onesies, and his crib bedding. I also sold some of his baby things at a yard sale.

Joy - posted on 04/09/2012

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craigslist.org is an online way to sell the clothes (and pretty much anything) to others in your area. I don't know the other sight the one person was talking about. I have bought & sold things through craig's list a few times, I always choose to meet in a public area or take my husband with me as there have been too many reports of bad things happening to people who reply to craig's list add but I would think that would be true of any "online garage sale" unless you ship the items.

Robyn - posted on 04/09/2012

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My daughter is 3, people have been telling me forever to get rid of her clothes... I didn't listen. I put stuff in the back of the closet so it was out of sight. We have enough going on as mother's, we don't need the added guilt trip. As I found people who needed clothes I felt comfortable giving stuff away, but still kept a few of the items that I felt attached too; the stuff that if I have another girl I would definitely want her to wear as well. My suggestion is just to downsize what you keep, but not out of pressure-out of your own desire to have less stuff.

Stephanie - posted on 04/05/2012

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Bonnie, I agree with you. My family and his family thinks that we should NOT have anymore children. I have a sister and he has two sisters and two brothers and one brother is deceased so I feel that if they want to tell me not to have more children then why didn't some of the people that tells me this stop having kids then. I have had only 2 children and waited so long to have them two and then we got permanent custody of his nephews. I would like to try for a girl before too long and if we do and we have a girl then I will probably feel more comfortable selling the clothes. I just wished people wouldn't tell me what they think I need to do because when they do it just makes me want to buck up even more.



I am glad that I kept the clothes because it has saved me lots of money that I didn't have otherwise so I must know what is right for me and others didn't. LOL

Stephanie - posted on 04/05/2012

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I try to organize the clothing by sizes so I can find them for the kids of their sizes they are wearing. I need to go through them but when everyone tells me what I need to do with those clothes it makes me rebel and not want to do it even stronger. It really is frustrating to me when some of them that tells me to get rid of all the clothes also has a problem with clutter. That does not help me in the decision when they are being hyprocritical from the same situation----CLUTTER!



I know what you mean about keeping jeans, coats and sweaters, etc because they are expensive and I have found that they are hard to find at times too.



Thanks for the advice! It was really helpful.

Amber - posted on 04/04/2012

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it is your choice do not let anyone force you in to getting rid of or selling baby clothing you do not want to!! if nothing else chose a few choice things put them in a rubbermaid container and keep them.. there is nothing wrong with it!!

Gudrun - posted on 04/04/2012

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I hang on to a lot of things. My oldest is 19 years old and my youngest is 18 months. 2 other ones in between :) I still have clothes from the first one. I claim I will make a quilt out of it but yeah...do not think that will ever happen :)))

After my 3rd one turned 7 I sold most of the gear on a yard sale because I was sure that was it.7 months later I was pregnant with #4 :)

Now I keep all of her clothes because I do not want a repeat :)))

Do what your heart tells you. If you want to keep it then do it. I think I will never be ready to sell certain items. But you know best!!!!

Stephanie - posted on 04/04/2012

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Can you send me the website that you sell it too? I want to check it out.

Heidi - posted on 04/04/2012

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I too have had a hard time selling my kids clothes but have found for myself that it sure is nice to be able to give them away. It's been wonderful seeing my kids clothes in use on another little child in our church or in our friend circle. If there is something I particularly like, I either hang on to it or sheepishly ask if I can have it back once their child has grown out of it. I found it too emotional having strangers dig through my boxes of clothes in a garage sale and then sell them for super cheap when there is so much emotional value attached to them for me. But if you do want to sell them I know people who have given their clothes to friends to sale for them. :)

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/04/2012

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What i done was pick some of my favorites, and had it made into a toddler sized quilt. im not one for holding on to anything because i dont have space for clutter,live in a mobile home so the storage is limited this is my first child so people think im nuts to get rid of toys and things but the way i see it is if i dont have another baby for a year or two there will be more better cooler stuff out there that ill want,so i sell all my stuff on a Local Buy and sell group. its like a virtual garage sale. i kept some things. But if you want to hold on to things just do so, you shouldnt get rid of them if your not ready.

Lisa - posted on 04/04/2012

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Don't worry about what everyone else wants you to do. When you are comfortable letting go of a few things, give them to First Step, or The Children;s Home.

Janet - posted on 04/04/2012

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You should know the money made at goodwill goes to help people who need it; and most of the people who buy things at Sally Ann or Goodwill etc. are trying to get by, so all donations are well used and appreciated. I have been donating for years.

Carmina - posted on 04/04/2012

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I only keep ONE outfit of his stepping stones (newborn, 6 mo. 18 mo. etc.) and donate the rest to a battered women's shelter or an orphanage. I don't give it to like Goodwill, because they'll make $ off of it. I could that for my benefit- if that were the case. Although it's hard looking at their little outfits that bring back memories, there are kids out there that are in need of clothing and mom's can't always purchase it for them; and they are in need of it now! So although it's hard to let go, it's better than keeping it there collecting dust and you have the satisfaction of making someone's day :)

Stephanie - posted on 04/04/2012

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My mom told me to do that just the other day to sell the clothes and save the money for the next one if we decide to have more.

Joy - posted on 04/04/2012

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Keep the clothes until you are sure you are done. If it is a matter of storage space I would go through them and keep favorites/nice clothes and get rid of the ones you rarely if ever used. You could sell them and bank the money for the next baby or give them to a friend who could use them. Or you could lend them to people who need them now and then you will still have them for the future.

Brittney - posted on 04/04/2012

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I agree, keep the clothes until you know for sure. We (husband and I) aren't planning on having anymore children anytime soon. He doesn't want anymore after one, but I'm undecided. Some of the clothes I felt bad for giving up, but the people who bought them need them more than I do right now.

Bonnie - posted on 04/04/2012

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Yup. I would just keep everything until you know for sure whether or not you are going to have another.

Stephanie - posted on 04/04/2012

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Bonnie,



That is exactly my situation. Everyone thinks I should get rid of everything and not have anymore children. I am getting older and if I don't have another child at a certain age then we will be done but I hate to get rid of everything and have to buy all of it again later.



I am so glad that I am not the only feeling this way or in the same situation.

Bonnie - posted on 04/04/2012

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Well you have to do what you feel is right and what makes you comfortable. It is not up to everyone else. If you get rid of all the clothes and decide to have another child down the road than you have to get everything all over again. We saved all baby clothing after our first so that we could use the items with our second. There was a slim chance of having one more child. My husband wanted to get rid of everything and I didn't. Three and a half years later and I am 29 weeks pregnant with our third child. So glad we didn't.

Stephanie - posted on 04/04/2012

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Do you ever feel guilty by selling the clothes? I am glad I kept the clothes as long as I have because my oldest is 11 and we got permanent custody of my husband's two nephews at various times in our lives so we had them clothing to use and I unexpectantly got pregnant and had a baby who will be 2 in August. So I am glad that I kept the clothes that long and I would like to have another one in a couple of years.



I feel so bad getting rid of everything but I know I will have to eventually.

Brittney - posted on 04/04/2012

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I going to try to sell the clothes every year in a yard sale, what doesn't sell I keep until the next sale. My daughter is 18 months and I have clothes ranging in sizes from newborn to 4T and lots of shoes. You could also give some nice ones to people you know who are expecting. Unless you are actively trying for another baby, I would at least downsize a little.

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