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I have a four year old daughter and a newborn son and buying new clothes all the time is expensive! I found two websites that let people buy and sell used children's clothing. They are both awesome sites!
What did we ever do before Yard Sales? After all, new clothes are used clothes once they have been washed. When my kids were young, they helped clothe my family. I have a special little grandson who stays with me a lot and I buy play clothes so that when he comes, I have my own little stash that I don't care if he plays in. Then I send him home in his good clothes. You gotta look for GOOD clothing at yard sales.
Don't be afraid of hand-me downs. If someone offers you hand-me downs, take them! Go through them and whatever you don't want or can't use, give away to someone who can. If you get hand-me downs that are too big for your child, store them in rubbermaid totes until you child can wear them. My daughter is 11 months old and I have clothes stored up that she'll be 4 or 5 years old before she can wear them.
Yard sales and thrift stores are great places to buy baby clothes. You can find things that still have price tags on them for hardly nothing.
Also, buying clothes off season will help you save a lot too. I got my daughter sweat shirts for the winter in July for just $1 each at Wal-Mart. When searching the sales racks, if I find something I just love marked down cheap, I'll buy it even if she won't wear it for a while. Kids are forever needing clothes, no matter what size they're in, so why not buy something ahead of time when it's cheap like that instead of waiting?
Yard Sales are the best! Even buy ahead, especially for kids under age two, simply because they grow so quickly. They mostly stay in jammies and bibs anyway. My boys, all summer babies, stayed in onesies or t-shirts, cloth diapers, plastic pants, and booties until the weather got cooler. If you are a SAHM, babies only need a few good outfits for visiting/going out.
They have one weekend a year here in the convention center when you can go and buy, sell, swap and trade baby clothes. You might plan one for your house and invite others to set up a table My daughter bought all her first born's baby clothes at yard sales. When she was finished with them, she had a yard sale and was able to sell them for what she paid for them.
I go to Goodwill and often find brand name clothes in great condition. After the yard sales is a great time to look. You could also check Ebay for lots, etc. I've found clothes sorted by size for 99 cents plus shipping. Good luck!
Clothing received a slight stain; Tie dye it to your favourite colour or pink or blue for your baby. I did this with my cloth nappies, and singlets to get a little more use out of them, they are more funky coloured than white anyway. So you get to make a fashion statement as well as saving your self money.
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My youngest Gbaby is 1 1/2 yrs old today.She's been in training for any&all "sales",lol.When I shop the consignment circuit or yard sales I mostly buy shoes& sneakers.I had sticker shock when I saw prices on new ones..There is also a 12yr.gap between her &her sister,so I did alot of baby clothes,bibs,blankets etc.B-4 she arrived.Another place is: freecycle.com in your area.
Request and offer baby clothes (and other things) on FreeCycle.com in your area.
I am so grateful for hand me downs. I ask mothers with children for them and then separate by season and size in rubbermaid tubs in the basement. I can't believe the prices on clothes for kids, its so expensive. Also whatever I have too much of in a particular size and season I pass along. People know that I will take it all, plus it makes people feel good to know that their stuff is going to a good cause and not some bin in a parking lot that is going to get turned around and resold for profit. Also for my shower, (my third kid), I requested used baby clothes, as a gift, I will hopefully get a fair amount.
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In our city we have a mothers with multiples club. They have sales with used baby items once a year and raise money for our local adoption agencies. See if maybe something like this is in your town.
Try calling consignment shops in your area. Sometimes they not only carry adult but baby and children's clothing as well.
buy baby clothes at the end of the season..My Son is expecting a Daughter in June...By the time the baby is 3-6 months old it will be needing warmer clothes..I got alot of new baby clothes (winter) at 50% & 70% off.
our salvation army and good wills are great when my son was born i used to go to the hugh end stores and buy but that didnt last long after i found these same brand mall names clothes at the thrifts and i have bought baby blankets named brand clothes and shoes etc dressing a baby is not quite as expensive as ya think at our goodwill all pieces are 2.29 for baby and kids thats a bargain and where ya gonna get gymboree and childrens place for that cheap not even at a yard sale people price that a lil higher!!! my kids both survived and actually i used to get great compliments on their clothes and people were always amazed it was so cheap!!!now my kids are 9 and 10 and daughter loves to go and pick named brand stuff out it kills me to see platos closets and stuff lie that which are glorified thrifts!!!! lol
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