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How I Save Money on Kids Clothes Part 2: Where to Save Money
Yesterday I walked you thru HOW I organize my kid’s clothes I bet your asking how do I GET them and for so cheap (and sometimes even free!)?! Well shopping sizes in advance allows me to watch for sales and deals and shop around.
There have been many great offers online to score some great clothes even freebies here are some of the deals I have scored!
Free 3pc Kids Outfit
Free Kids clothes with $10 Credit Just pay Shipping (still available!)
Now I’ll let you in on my favorite stomping grounds from around town to online!
Thrift Stores. I regularly visit Salvation Army and Goodwill mostly because they have the best sales. My Goodwill has a rewards card you get 25% off on featured items (this changes daily). Plus they offer 50% off certain color tags which changes weekly. The Salvation Army will do 75% off certain color tags and both are big stores. I know before we moved (when we were in MD) the local Goodwill would do 50% off all clothes every Sunday. Many churches and hospitals will also have thrift stores they may not be as big as Goodwill or Salvation Army but they will have good stuff as well. Make sure to inspect all clothes for rips, stains and tears as thrift stores don't watch for this stuff. Also many thrift stores don't organize by size so be prepared to dig.
Consignment stores and sales. Consignment stores are a bit more expensive then thrift stores but they inspect all their clothes and you will pay a bit more for big name brands. They also tend to sort their clothes by size which is much easier to find what you are looking for. One if my favorite local consignment shops has a price scale on the tags and the longer it's in the shop the cheaper the price is. The price drops about every 2 weeks so as you search you can find some great deals.
Now consignment sales are a bit different then the stores. They pop up for a weekend, everyone lists their clothes and tags them their self. They have a drop off time and you hang them based on size. Then they have shopping days if you consign, even 1 item, you can normally get a pre-sale shopping pass to shop before the public. I have found the pre-sale shopping days to be packed and not worth the time. The last day of the sale is normally 50% off so it always worth going back to see what you can find. These sales carry clothes, shoes, toys, books, decor, strollers, baby equipment, outdoor play and more. Some of the local ones I visit are Kids Closet (they are in 15 different states all across the US) and Tot Swap (Maryland based) but Consignment Mommies has a good list of sales across the country.
Garage sales. I also check out local garage sales for kids clothes. Normally you can find clothes for 25¢ apiece and some church sales I have been able to fill a bag for just $1!
I gave a few places for you to check out online for local stuff too.
Facebook sell groups. Start searching Facebook for local selling groups also called yard sale groups. Many people list kid’s clothes by the lot. When their child out grows, say, 12 month clothes they will list the whole wardrobe for $40 – $60 and you can score a great deal. What clothes you won't use you can place in consignment sales or resell. (See online options below for resell too)
Craigslist. This one comes with a be safe statement. Always meet in a public place or take someone with you but I have scored the big black trash bags full of clothes for the kids for $20-$40 then take what I need pass in the rest. And sometimes make half my money back, or more, at consignment stores alone.
Many people don't want to take the time to take stuff to a consignment store so they sell great clothes cheap and you can use that to get money for items you won't use that you buy in a lot.
There are several sites I frequent online for kids clothes. Yes you can save money even online! These sites you can sell any extra clothes you have as well as use the store credit for free clothes!
This is the the site I shop most, mostly because of the selection. They don't sell clothes under 12 months or PJs but they have every size from 12 months up, including juniors and women's. They don't sell men's clothes … Yet, but I hear it's in the works. How it works, you send in your clothes in good condition and they take pictures and list it they pay you a % for it, you can use that that as store credit or cash out to PayPal. Think of this as an online consignment store. The prices range from low to crazy expensive depending on the brand.
They do offer a few extra ways to save, one being a $10 credit for free when you sign up. Then you can score $10 for every friend you refer to the site that makes a purchase. Then you can down load their mobile shopping app and score 20% off the first time you use it. Plus every Wednesday use code HAPPYHOUR10 on the mobile app for 10% off your whole order.
I personally don't send clothes in to this site as they pay very little unless it's a big name brand and I can make more at my local consignment stores, but you might have better luck!
This is a site I have recently found and fell in love with. They sell clothes from size preemie on up to juniors. They sell many as sets and by the outfit and they also sell PJs unlike Thred Up.
There are a few ways to save, first can get a $10 Gift Card when you sign up. Plus when you buy clothes you get a link and if a friend signs ups and buy threw your link you get 20% of your purchase back in a rebate paid via Pay Pal.
I have sent in a bag of clothes here and am pretty happy! You price the clothes yourself but Swap takes pictures, and sends them out so no shipping! Swap.com just takes a % of the sale you can see the details on their site once you are signed up (it's free to ign up!)
This is a different kind of auction site. You use points not cash. I have mentioned them in my Free Christmas Friday posts. Here you can clean out the junk in your house and then take your points and buy clothes they are sold by the piece or even is lots which is what I like to buy.
This is one place I don't want you to forget. You can buy and sell on eBay. I go for the lots of clothes as I tend to get a better deal. But I have sold on eBay too, name brand jeans by themselves do pretty good selling wise.
Also, remember when shopping online to use Ebates and their kid's section as much as possible. I love getting cash back on things I'm buying anyway!
Now see how I MAKE MONEY on getting new clothes for my kids!
So there’s my secrets and stomping grounds! Where do you score deal on kid’s clothes? I’d love to hear from you and make sure to watch the deals on the site for more great freebies!
I am a mom to 5 kids, homeschool mom, blogger, social media junkie, Frugalista, Book Worm, and Closet Want-to-be Chef. We are a Roadschool family (homeschooling on the road while traveling fulltime).
I grew up learning ways to save from my mom and grandma. I started my own coupon journey when my first child was born in 2009 and started the blog on 2010 when baby #2 was born to share my tips with everyone who kept asking about how I was getting diapers for $1 a pack!
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