Although there are numerous ways to save on kids clothing, one avenue that I think is greatly overlooked is thrift stores. Growing up, my mom would go thrift store shopping all the time. As a child, I loved going shopping at thrift stores with her. However, once I became an adult, I avoided going this route due to my lack of patience. Therefore, I did not buy my sons’ clothes from thrift stores mainly because it felt too time-consuming. I would go crazy hunting through aisle after aisle of clothing just to find one suitable outfit. So unfortunately, I ended up spending more money than I needed to on their clothes. Today’s helpful tips are sponsored by Deseret Industries in partnership with Boncom , all opinions are my own.
When Joy was born, I was blessed to have friends bring over bags and bags of clothing their kids had outgrown. To my surprise, most of the clothes were from brand names such as; Gymboree, Baby Gap, Carter, OshKosh B’gosh and other similar labels. I kid you not, for the first two years of her life; I didn’t have to shop at all! Once I started buying for her clothes, I quickly discover you could spend a pretty penny on one outfit due to all the added accessories available for girls. I had to learn fast how to find quality kids clothing for less, in order, to keep my daughter wearing the best!
I avoided going shopping at thrifts stores for so many years, and it cost me big time. But in the end, mommy is always right, so I developed a quick and easy way to find great deals at thrift stores.
Here are 10 Tips on Getting Thrift Store Scores on Name Brand Toddler Clothing
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1) Before you head out on your shopping adventure dress your child in comfortable clothing, such as a tee shirts, legging, and shorts. This will make it easier for you to try clothes on your kids.
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2) Look to see if the items is a higher end name brand first. Then check the price to make sure you are getting a good deal.
3) If you are unfamiliar of the prices of an individual brand, do a google search via your phone to compare the prices.
4) To find matching outfits, search through all the tops first putting the ones you like in your basket. Once you are finished looking at tops, pull your favorite three from the pile and match them with short, shirts or pants.
5) Next, search through the dresses and pick all of the ones that fit your taste.
6) Once you’ve found all the clothes you like go back through your entire selection checking for stains, imperfections and loose threads.
7) When you see a super cute pieces that are way too big for your child, buy it anyway and save it for later. I usually buy 1 or 2 outfits that are two sizes larger than Joy’s current size and put them away for next season.
8) Buy non-name brand items such as shorts, tops or pants that are in good condition and cost less than $2.00. These make awesome play clothes, and you don’t have to worry about your child ruining their outfit.
9) If you spot an upcoming holiday outfit or super cute handmade item, that is a few sizes bigger purchase it for later. This will help you save on money on holiday and specialty photos.
10) When you get home from your shopping trip, wash the clothes first before putting them away.
I recently went shopping for Joy’s summer clothes at Deseret Industries new store in Fontana, CA. I was able to find over 15 outfits for her; most of which I can mix and match extending her summer wardrobe to over 30 outfits! I bought over 24 items for less than $61.00 including tax. I spent about $4.50 per outfit and 17 of the 24 items were from Gymboree, Baby Gap, OshKosh B’gosh, Crazy 8 and The Childs Place.
The next time you go thrift store shopping, don’t forget to use the method above as it will save you time and money. Click here to find Deseret Industries store near you.
In 2014, Deseret Industries
Served nearly 12,000 associates.
- Provided more than 75,000 community grants (vouchers to needy families for free merchandise from DI, granted through partnerships with other charitable organizations in the communities served by DI).
- Helped place more than 3,500 individuals in permanent, full-time employment following their training at DI.
- Produced more than 55,000 humanitarian kits to provide relief to victims of disasters around the world.
- Manufactured and shipped more than 72,000 mattresses and 20,000 wood furniture items for sale in DI stores and for humanitarian relief.
- Deseret Industries has 42 retail stores and donation centers in seven western states, one humanitarian center, and one furniture manufacturing facility.
Do you have any great tips on getting thrift store scores on toddler clothing? Please share in the comment below.