For a few years I made a living as an Ebay Powerseller (feels like forever ago) selling children’s clothing online. Buying used clothing is one of my absolute MUSTS when it comes to saving money on kids clothing. They outgrow clothing so quickly that it’s rarely worth it to buy new clothing, so here are some of my best tips to getting value out of used children’s clothing:
Here is my process for shopping for used kids clothing:
1. Shop Around – My favorite place to score used children’s clothing is a Goodwill Buy The Pound store near my house. They sell all clothing for as low as $1.29 per pound, instead of by piece. Because baby and kids clothing don’t weigh that much, your money will go a longer ways if you shop at one of these stores. You should also check with your local stores to see if they run weekly discounts, for example, my local Salvation Army offers 50% off every Wednesday on everything in the store.
2. Check the labels – When buying second hand kids clothing, I ALWAYS try to buy name/designer brands. Brands like Gymboree, Gap, Oilily, Hanna Andersson, Baby Lulu & Jack & Janie are some of my favorite brands, not only because of their outstanding quality, but because they also have a great re-sale value. Skip the generic brand clothing and look for the designer brands.
3. Check the condition – Whether you are shopping at a yard sale, Goodwill or consignment store, you ALWAYS want to check for rips, tears, stains, etc. This seems like a no-brainer, but I can’t tell you how often I’ve gotten excited because I’ve found an adorable Hanna Andersson striped dress set only to come home and find a hole in it somewhere. My strategy is to put everything I like in my cart immediately and then just before checkout, go through and give everything a second look.
4. Oxiclean can be your best friend – If you find a cute outfit and it has a little stain on it..it’s up to you whether you want to attempt to get it out or not. Oxiclean will take out any organic stain, so anything that is ‘natural’ (food, mud, spit, etc) will likely come out by spraying and washing with Oxiclean. Stains like ink, color bleeding and/or paint will NOT come out with Oxiclean…it’s best to leave these items at the store.
5. Re-sell the clothing: Now if you followed my advice in tip #2 you should have yourself a nice stock of used name brand/designer clothing. Because there is value in the brand, once your child has outgrown the clothing, you should go ahead and sell it on either Ebay, ThredUp, or to your local consignment shop. There is nothing better than buying clothing second hand and then getting almost the same amount of money for it when you turn around and sell it!
What are your tips for buying used kids clothing?