I obviously love thrift shopping for my own clothes. It makes sense financially, I have a higher quality wardrobe than if I bought retail and I love the thrill of finding a great score. Over the last little bit I have showed how thrifting can allow you to have A Quality Wardrobe for Less, discussed how you can Shop on A Budget, and How to Easily Mend a Thrift Store Piece. There are many positives to shopping secondhand.
When it came to buying clothes for the girls I knew I wanted to try my local Salvation Army thrift store. To buy kids clothes I was going to follow the same rules I do for myself. I think the trap with kids clothes is it’s so affordable and it can be easy to purchase items based on price, not on what you need.
How to Successfully Thrift Kids Clothes
- Be Specific – Know what size and style you are looking for when shopping. The kids clothing section can be overwhelming.
- Shop Quality – Look for brand names and well made clothing. The pieces will last longer.
- Check for Damage – Kids can be hard on clothing. Make sure you take a good look at any piece that catches your eye.
On a recent trip to my local Salvation Army thrift store I was able to purchase 11 items for only $19! The secret is to first donate items you are no longer using or your kids have outgrown. Then you will receive a coupon for $10 off $25 or more. I really spent $29, but was able to save $10 with the coupon as I donated some items from all of our organizing.
All the clothing in this photo are thrifted! Would you believe it? Most of them are in new condition. I ended up keeping a running list of what I wanted to purchase on my phone, so if I ever popped into the Salvation Army thrift store I knew what I was looking for. I was mostly looking for newborn clothing as I feel people usually gift larger sizes.
Most of the kids clothing I purchased ranged in price from $1.50 to $5.00. That’s a steal if you look online at The Gap. Some of their baby dresses sell for $40! For the price of one retail dress I could purchase several items. When there are two babies on the way, that is wonderful thing!