Used Clothes Are Cheaper — And Better — For My Kids

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In the fifth grade, one of my classmates came up to me and said, “No offense, but why do you always wear the same clothes?” The short answer was that my family was cheap and that my grandmother had made the majority of my wardrobe, which numbered about six pieces of coordinating skirts and tops. Looking back on this moment (which marked my hatred of people saying “no offense” and then being offensive), I’m proud of my response: “Because I really like them.”

I date my love of vintage, weird, and/or homemade clothing back to around that time, but it didn’t really gain steam until I discovered thrift shopping when I was 13. Regardless of what was happening in my life—because growing up is effortless and fun!– I always enjoyed the thrill of the score whether it was a vintage Yves Saint Laurent dress, a velvet blazer, or some cork-soled wedgies from the 70’s. Dressing in vintage let me tell everyone that I was very special and unique. After a while, though, it became a habit and a natural part of how I viewed myself. It also did not contribute to the growing demand for sweatshop-made clothing, which I avoided even then. And like my parents, I’m cheap.

Upon my husband and I finding out I was pregnant with a girl, I cautioned myself the way someone with a lifelong passion probably should: Don’t push the kid into loving clothing and thrift-shopping or she will probably resent you. With my luck, I thought ruefully, my daughter will view clothes only for their practicality (very few of my clothes are practical) and not their more . . . artistic qualities. I waddled through my pregnancy wearing tie-died caftans and lace maxi-dresses like a boss and made certain that I would make sure the baby looked normal until she chose not to — on her own terms.

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  1. middleofnowheremom

    September 16, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I buy most of my kids “new” clothes from consignments and garage sales. We also have a pretty awesome circle, where we all miraculously have boys, that we pass things around. Which has gotten to the funny point because things that have already resided in my house once, are making it around again for the 2nd time. Some times we have a good laugh trying to count how many kids that “X” thing has been threw, right now it’s the Baby Gap jeans, that I bought at a consignment for my oldest, that are on their way to home number 6.

    • Nica

      September 16, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Same here – I have a group of AMAZING and GENEROUS co-workers who pass clothes ’round and ’round for folks to use. Some of these items are on their fifth or sixth kid now, which is a testament mostly to how short a time things fit kids, especially babies. I estimate I’ve saved hundreds if not thousands of dollars now with two boys who’ve worn mostly hand me downs! They don’t care and either do I!

  2. Shelly Lloyd

    September 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

    As a teen I use to make a bit of spending money by hitting up the thrift stores and buying antiques like depression/carnival glass, or really nice fine china cheaply and then taking it to the antique stores and selling it for a profit. I once bought a amazing set of depression glass–a serving for 6 for like $10 at a goodwill and turned around and sold it for $100 at an antique store.
    But now with the internet I find it harder to get good deals like that. So many people and thrift shop owners can look up their stuff on line and find out it’s worth.It is still possible, but much more rare than it use to be.

    • Cate Radley

      September 16, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Just a few years ago I would thrift hipster-type stuff and sell it for more at secondhand clothing places.

    • Shelly Lloyd

      September 16, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      That is a good ideal.

  3. Ursi

    September 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

    We lived in clothes from older family members, second-hand shops, and garage sales until I was in my teens. Not because we were poor but because in my parents eyes buying new clothes for kids at the rate we grew was ridiculous.

    I love that about my folks and I share their pragmatism when it comes to my own clothes. I still fluctuate in size and I am not well off myself so my wardrobe is usually supplemented by Goodwill because I think most clothing is a waste of money for the quality and I cannot afford to shell out for a long-lasting high end item that I might be too large or small for in a year.

  4. Grr! Arrgh!

    September 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I try to do this for my one year old because 1) she doesn’t care what she wears and 2) she grows out of everything so fast so why spend all the money on an outfit she’ll wear for 3 months and never remember? And it generally works really well, even for those of us who aren’t vintage lovers. The problem is the time investment. Thrifting takes a lot of time – you have to be able to go frequently and then dedicate yourself to sifting though a lot of chaff to find good pieces. At the moment, I have a really flexible work arrangment (not entirely by choice) so I can do it. However, if all goes well (fingers very crossed) I’ll be back to work full time soon and at that point, I’m pretty sure a lot of her wardrobe is going to start being new because I’m just not going to have the time to take 4 hours over 3 weeks to find her the fall-weight pants she really needs now.

    I’m still hoping to find my way to the thrift store once a month or so for a quick look, and will be trawling ebay and craig’s list but it will no longer be our primary source of baby clothes.

    • Lilly

      September 16, 2014 at 11:01 am

      the time investment is what got to me — when I was on mat leave my son’s clothing was mostly second hand (there is a children’s consignment store chain in my city that is awesome). But once I went back to work I slowly got more and more new stuff because I didn’t have to go out of my way to get it. I have also hit a weird size/age window (3T-4T) where I think kids are a lot harder on their clothes and so there is definitely less selection or it is too worn when I have hit the consignment/thift stores.

    • Katherine Handcock

      September 16, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Totally true about that size window! They seem to be in the clothes for longer and they’re really rough on them, so if you find “used” stuff it usually means “stuff someone put in a closet and forgot about, then gave away without taking the tags off” 😉

    • pixie Ninja Tits

      September 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Yes on the time investment.
      I like the idea of thrifting, but I don’t have the time or energy to go super frequently and I get frustrated easily going through the racks and racks of clothing. Same reason why I rarely shop at Marshall’s/Winners; I give up super easily when I get discouraged or feel like I’ve been looking forever and not even come up with a “maybe”

    • Linzon

      September 16, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      I live in a pretty small city and was pleasantly surprised to see several thriving buy/sell groups on Facebook specifically geared towards children’s clothing, gear, and toys. I’m often farting around on Facebook anyway so I peek in a couple of times a day and I’ve found some awesome stuff.

  5. arielmarie

    September 16, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I’ve always loved thrifting for clothes- and I grew up in hand-me-downs, so I’m sure your daughter will love it too! Some of my favorite items of clothing came from thrift stores forever ago. Also, nothing is as nice of compliment as when someone is like “Where did you get that?? I love it!”

    But as Grr! Arrgh! said, it is very, very time consuming. You have to be willing to sort through everything, actually consider the brands (which I only do when I’m thrifiting) to think about how many washes they really have left, and go frequently!

  6. The Redhead

    September 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

    My family hasn’t had a little girl in 18 years. 7 little boys in just the last 5 years! So there have been plenty of clothes and other baby items making their rounds between the family members. If my baby turns out to be a boy, I’m sure we’ll be pretty much set!
    Not that I would mind starting from scratch for a little girl…

    • Looby

      September 16, 2014 at 10:35 am

      All our friends had boys so boozle is still dressed in hand me down football, fire engine and truck themed clothes. She doesn’t care and I didn’t have to buy them so everyone is happy. I do buy really cute dresses from goodwill. $3 for a practically new Gymboree/OSHKosh dress. Yes please

  7. EX

    September 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

    My oldest is 3 now and I haven’t bought her any clothes in ages. We’ve been really lucky to get a TON of hand me downs. Another hidden benefit to waiting until you’re older to have kids – you end up downstream on the hand me down river.

  8. LotteryTicketRetirementPlan

    September 16, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I’m a huge thrift store lover, but I have yet to master thrifting for baby clothes (sadly, my closest Goodwill no longer sells them). However, there is a really great children’s consignment store a couple blocks from my house that sells more upscale (and adorable) kid’s clothes at a HUGE discount, so I’ve been hitting them up and shopping the sales at places like Nordstrom and Baby Gap, knowing that I’ll be able to get lots of use out of them before I consign them.

    I think it’s great to show your kids that they don’t have to buy everything new. I want to share my love of thrifting with my daughter and teach her how to sew so she can make her clothes (new and used) fit better. I hope she grows up to be as excited by scoring great thrift items as I am!

  9. Emily A.

    September 16, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I am a huge fan of hand-me-own and used clothes. While I could afford to buy brand-new, I don’t want to waste the money when I can get the same thing for either little $ or free! Additionally, I think it is a good way to show the kids how we can reuse things instead of throwing them out. We’ve branched this out to saving bits of “stuff” for art projects, etc.

  10. Aussiemum

    September 16, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I volunteer in our local Salvation Army store. I absolutely love it! I get to sort thru the clothes and pick things out for myself and my kidlets and get amazing bargains. (To be fair, I won’t price anything I want, I leave that bit to the boss) in the last week I have picked up 2 handbags, 1 worth $160 and the other worth $100 for 3.25 and 4.25 respectively. Roberto Cavalli tops, high end surf brands, Levi’s jeans, awesome old fashioned hats and jackets.
    My eldest son is obsessed with going to the salvos stores and flicking thru all the racks to find himself jeans or denim shorts, or some funky tshirt or cardigan (he’s 17, they are wearing weird stuff these days leading up to summer!)
    Last time I took all 4 of my kids into the store, we left $100 poorer but so proud of all our purchases, and the fact that my kids are learning that buying second hand isn’t daggy, and they are actually helping out our local community, as all of the profits from our little store goes directly back into our community.
    I’ll be going to the bigger salvos store the next suburb over tomoro, to have a good look thru for summer clothes for myself and Miss 11 and Mr 7, then gave to listen to them all complain cause I didn’t take them with me!
    Unfortunately I just can’t talk hubs into coming with us when we go salvos shopping. He likes to go to the regular shops and pay full price. What a twit! 🙂

    • Cate Radley

      September 16, 2014 at 11:34 am


    • Aussiemum

      September 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Most certainly is! I have to do something because I’m off on workers compensation, so it was a perfect choice for me! Everyone treats each other like their sisters and I’m basically the youngest volunteer there and they include me in all their convos. We all love to grab a bargain, and point out tops and skirts to each other that we think the other lady will love.
      I highly recommend it to anyone! 🙂

    • Linda G

      September 16, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Isn’t that unfair to the people who have to shop there that you get first shot? No wonder I can never find anything decent. That and the fact taht I need a long or tall in everything.

    • Aussiemum

      September 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Well, I’m 5foot 5 so I don’t get anything in a tall or a long, and I’m a size 10/12. There’s plenty of good stuff for everyone. And we limit ourselves to one thing during the sorting process a week. Anything else we want, we have to buy after it goes out onto the shop floor.
      And I’m sure if you spoke to your local salvos store they would be more than happy to put aside any long or tall pants they come across.
      That’s how we do it in our shops in Australia.

    • footnotegirl

      September 17, 2014 at 1:33 am

      Did you miss the part where she’s working for free, giving of her time and effort without recompense? I don’t think it’s really unfair for volunteers to put aside a reasonable amount of items that they’d really like as long as they pay for them and have someone else (not them) set the price.

    • Linda G

      September 17, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Sorry, I don’t agree. Volunteering is volunteering. If you volunteer at the food bank, should you get first shot at the “good stuff”? Yes, she pays for it, but she is still taking advantage.

  11. jendra_berri

    September 16, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I live in a big city near a big thrift store. I mosey over on my days off sometimes and grab my son oodles of things that are adorable. His fall wardrobe cost me $50. I have a specific set of criteria: No prominant logos, no characters or meaningless phrases. If it looks like something a grownup would wear, I get it.
    I love dressing my toddler like a little man. It’s one of my great joys and I’m unsure how long I’ll get to maintain this level of control over his appearance. But he’s a sharp dresser now and I have thrift stores to thank for being able to afford that pleasure.

  12. WhoremonalCrazyLotusSlugalo

    September 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I have my own form of OCD….I can’t with thrift store stuff. However, if my Mom or my SIL’s send over hand-me-downs, I’m TOTALLY cool with that. It’s the same skeevy feeling I get from seeing mattresses on the side of the road…what has that thing been through…

    • Bic

      September 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      I love you for this gif, that is just how I feel.

      I just, I can’t do it.

    • WhoremonalCrazyLotusSlugalo

      September 16, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      I feel ya….I so do.

  13. C.J.

    September 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I think we have crappy thrift shops around here. I find I get things cheaper shopping new at the end of season sales. I just got my older daughter a bunch of really nice summer tops for next year for $2.50 each at an end of season sale. I have bought her brand new fashion boots for $7.00. I would shop at the thrift shops but they cost me more money.

  14. gammachris

    September 16, 2014 at 11:23 am

    My 18yo daughter is the. Thriftshopping Goddess. When we did a day trip to explore her new college town, the first thing we found was the biggest and best thrift shop in town.

  15. Katherine Handcock

    September 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I like hand-me-downs and second-hand clothes, so I certainly incorporate them into my kids’ wardrobe. However, I do get a lot of new, because I have less time than I’d like to properly search for used stuff, and because I know that, if my kids love their shirts, I don’t have to fight to get them dressed. It’s totally worth paying extra for the Minecraft or Little Mermaid shirt so I don’t have to wrestle them into clothes! Neither of them care much about what they wear on their bottom half as long as it’s comfortable, so that’s where I tend to work in the used stuff. That and outerwear, because seriously, outerwear for kids costs a ridiculous amount of money.

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  16. Cate Radley

    September 16, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Okay guys, at what age can I expect my daughter to start exercising an opinion about sartorial matters?

    • Cate Radley

      September 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

      AND just for the record, today I am wearing a pink floral silk shirt and and Emanual Ungaro gabardine pencil skirt, both thrifted. Viva thrift!

    • Rachel Sea

      September 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Usually somewhere between 1 and 3.

    • Linzon

      September 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      My son is almost 4 and generally doesn’t care what I put him in, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.

    • aCongaLine

      September 16, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      Mine has started to have an opinion, and she’s just turned 3. (however, her opinion is that pants are optional… so, there’s the grain of salt.)

    • Boots

      September 17, 2014 at 7:12 am

      Mine is 2.5 and she’d be pants free every day if she could. As it is, I figure I chose every item in her wardrobe, so she just needs to pick any of the pre-approved bits, even if she does resemble a colourblind clown when she’s done.

    • PAJane

      September 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      She’s just ahead of her time. Most of my adult friends prefer to be pantsless whenever possible.

    • footnotegirl

      September 17, 2014 at 1:30 am

      My daughter is 2.5, and she will tell us in the morning if she wants to wear a dress or pants and a shirt. She will also choose between outfits. I mean, more often than not, it’s a transparent delay tactic and not a serious fashion choice? But she does make them.

  17. amp

    September 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I am 20 weeks pregnant and EVERYTHING will be used for my kid (except crib mattress and car seat) even though we are financially able to buy new-and good brands. I choose to buy everything used (including lots of my mat clothes) because I feel we live in a wasteful society, and I try not to waste anything, money included. Lots of my friends look down on me, and they are usually the ones putting all their baby stuff on a credit card then complaining they have no retirement savings/are in debt (we have none)/have no savings/cant afford to go on vacation ect. I buy everything I can used, even for myself.

    • RW

      September 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      I agree 100%. To the point where I try to encourage anyone giving birthday gifts to get something second hand and not spend the money on new things just because. Why spend more than you have to? Keep the money for spending on the things that really do need it!

    • Rachel Sea

      September 16, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      If you can afford it without going into debt, it is not wasteful to buy new things, unless you throw them into a landfill when you are done. Thrift stock comes from people who bought decent enough quality new stuff that it’s lasted to be handed down.

    • Korine

      September 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

      I guess my problem here is that you state you can afford new. Plenty of families can’t and you’re taking the things they can afford. Now, I realize it’s not your responsibility at all to worry about this, buy what you want, but it does make me a little sad

  18. K2

    September 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Growing up, most of my clothes were either hand me downs from a friend, or charity shop clothes. I went through a phase where I was a bit bitter about it, but got over it. I still shop there a lot, though I also buy new things sometimes, if I really like them. I try to be creative with my outfits. :p

  19. blh

    September 16, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I buy used clothes for my son generally, bc he’s 4 and doesn’t care. When he’s older, and cares what he wears, I wouldn’t do this. Once upon a child had good clthes but I think at goodwill they’re all really ugly or falling apart.

  20. Personal

    September 16, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    It is so very common here in Germany to buy and trade children’s second-hand clothes that I am a member of 3 different Facebook groups that do only this. And our kindergartens all have ‘Kinderbasars’ where the kindy gets 15-20% of the profits parents make.
    When I travel to the US, I try to hit sales but I’d guess most of my kids’ clothes are ‘previously owned.’ They grow so fast. IMHO, it’s better to save that money for college or something, even if you have enough money.

  21. AP

    September 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I always had great hand-me-downs as a kid, but I’ve never found thrifting to be a good way to save money. All the thrift/used clothing stores I’ve been to sell visibly used (shrunk-funny, stained, pilled, faded when it shouldn’t be faded) clothing for the same or higher prices as new items at Target, Old Navy, and H&M. Even when I was shopping for a quality purse, it turned out to be cheaper to skip both the low-end retailers, chain discounters like TJMaxx, and the high-end consignment shops and just wait for a label to have a semi-annual clearance.

    I haven’t seen the requisite value in secondhand items that I’d need to justify spending the time and money dedicated to purchasing them.

  22. Rachel Sea

    September 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    If you shop thrift, and you can afford to do otherwise, you actually are contributing to sweat-shop clothing manufacturers. There is not an unlimited supply of decent thrift clothing, and when it’s picked over, people who can’t afford better have to shop at Walmart and the like.

    Keep it up if those are the clothes you like best, but it’s a myth that it’s more sustainable, or workforce-positive than buying new.

    • Cate Radley

      September 16, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Are you seriousing me? I talk vintage in this piece. If you’re not speaking to me directly, you are underestimating the intelligence of this commentariat.

    • Rachel Sea

      September 16, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      I can’t tell if you’re insulting me, or yourself with your reply about intelligence.

      I was responding to this line, “It also did not contribute to the growing demand for sweatshop-made clothing…” which is just not all that true – vintage score or not.

      I know a lot of people in and around San Francisco who think they are taking a stand against sweatshops by getting all their delightfully funky clothes from thrift stores, but in doing so they have disrupted the supply chain. Their demographic used to supply thrift stores with product, but now they are predominantly consumers, and that is driving up prices, and sending many people who used to shop thrift, because they had to, out to the strip malls, where people buy sweatshop clothes that is not durable enough to survive to be donated.

    • Simone

      September 17, 2014 at 7:30 am

      I didn’t know that, hadn’t thought of it, and find it both interesting and plausible.

    • Kat

      September 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      That actually makes sense. I didn’t totally understand your post, but your comment helped. My family thrifted before it was cool. But now it’s everywhere, & people who think everything vintage needs to be expensive. I can’t afford 3 out of the 4 stores around here that “thrift”. Consignment is another problem. The true owners of the items think they’re with more than they actually are. People think they’re doing good, but there needs to be a balance, for everything.

  23. js argh

    September 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Perfect timing, because there’s a big children’s consignment sale going on nearby this week and I am SO FREAKING EXCITED. The only time I get more excited about scoring barely-used, adorable clothes is when they’re for me instead of the kidlet.

  24. aCongaLine

    September 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I’m a huge thrift shop fan. Just last night, 2 pairs of sneakers, and two fall fleece coats for my 3 year old for 12$. Name brand, hardly used. Done.

  25. RW

    September 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    There are so many quality used-kids’ clothing stores these days that it almost makes no sense to buy new, as far as I’m concerned, especially with how fast babies/toddlers outgrow things. Even Salvation Army and Value Villages here only put out gently used clothing for sale. 40$ designer toddler shirt at Salvation Army – 2.99$, or fill a bag for 8$. You may have to put in a little extra effort searching for the things that suit your or your kids’ style, but they’re in there!

    Even toys – I got a beautiful ride-on stuffed horse that’s bigger than my german shepherd – over 200$ new, and I had to argue with the person at the till to pay them even 10$, because “all stuffed animals are 2$.”

  26. lindser

    September 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I swear by secondhand stores – ESPECIALLY for babies – they grow like weeds, why on earth would you spend money on new clothes when they may not fit next week? Also, it pays to live around wealthy people – my husband and I are not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination (hello public service jobs!) – but the town over from us is crazy wealthy – which means their children’s secondhand store? GOLDMINE! I am on the hunt now for a snowsuit. Also, don’t be afraid to call the store before you go to see if they have what you are looking for. My husband and I work full time and don’t have the time to go thrifting, but if I need something specific (ie: a bumbo etc.) – I just call and ask. Saves me time and possibly a trip.

    • CT Guest

      September 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      That’s the case where I am (Metro NYC). Once of the local mom’s groups does a HUGE 2nd hand clothing sale 2x/year in a school gym and the clothing and prices are INSANE! I regularly get Janie and Jack, Gymboree, Jacadi, Mini Boden, LL Bean, etc, items in near perfect condition for $1 to $3 per piece for tops and bottoms and just a bit more for jackets and snow gear – it’s crazy! My 2 favorite times of the year!

  27. guest

    September 16, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I had a thrift store fear as a child as I don’t like wearing someone elses’s stuff. Once I had to pay for my clothing as an adult that magically changed. I’m still particular and ususally only go to a couple nicer stores in rich areas of town to get brands I like for hella cheap because someone forgot it was in their closet or barely touched it. Usually work clothes. For everything else I ebay if its something particular or Target/Walmart it up. Working at Wal-Mart I saw my friend who was a single mom and how she could snatch up baby clothes for a buck a piece. I also used to use Kohls cash (learned from a dif mom friend) to buy baby clothes gifts for other friends..who will perhaps hand me down that stuff when I have kids 😀

  28. Amelia

    September 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I’m currently 6 months pregnant with my first, and I am all about second hand clothes. I don’t really have time to hit the thrift stores enough but I found a great online consignment shop that sells kids clothes and I got all my maternity clothes from them too! I plan on hitting consignment events when they come up so its a one stop shop for cheap second hand items after baby makes an arrival.

  29. mediocrity511

    September 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I’m a second hand shopper and plan on it for my baby as well. But I’ve just been given some hand-me-down nighties for her from my mum. She wore them, my aunt wore them and then I and my siblings did. So they’ll be 6th hand and from the 60s, but they’re in great condition. I love that they’re practically heirlooms.

  30. Cindy Ailey

    September 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I’d say about 80% of my daughter’s wardrobe comes from either Goodwill or Once Upon a Child (a consignment chain). The clothes I do buy her brand new, I almost always get them on extreme clearance.

    Most of my clothes come second hand as well. I’m just cheap, what can I say?

  31. footnotegirl

    September 17, 2014 at 1:25 am

    A huge chunk of our daughter’s clothing comes from resale shops and I’m not the least bit embarrassed about it. Our neighborhood does a big garage sale festival every year, and we get a lot from there. The big hauls however come from a local consignment shop that has a huge kids area. That’s the best advice I can give, man, find a resale/consignment shop in the ritziest area around. Half the stuff I get there still has the original tags on it! Name brands, homemade items, everything.
    About the only brand new stuff I get for my daughter is particular character t’s (MLP, Disney, Wonder Woman, Batgirl) and the occasional foray into Old Navy during sale days for leggings.

    • Simone

      September 17, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Why can’t I get adult-sized MLP clothing in a store? I want to relive the eighties and wear Care Bears jumpers and shit.

  32. Simone

    September 17, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Second hand clothes all the way. Picking up the majority of the clothes for three boys second hand, for very little, means I can save for the few things that really do need to be new, like quality sneakers (runners) and winter jackets. Eldest son at 11 years is still very pragmatic and sees the practicality, and I reward him for his good nature by buying him the occasional, very expensive, new brand name items he needs to fit in with his peer group.

  33. bookworm81

    September 18, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I’d say 75% of my kids’ wardrobes are second hand (either purchased by me or hand-me-downs) 10-15% I bought on sale and the rest my MIL bought because she can’t stop herself from buying stuff. Thrift stores can bee great if you find the right one and torturous otherwise. The one in my town is horrible for kids stuff; you can easily go through all 4 racks and maybe find one thing but luckily I discovered that the one the next town over is awesome. Still, the vast majority of stuff I get at the sale at our local fairgrounds. It’s two Saturdays in the spring and two in the fall and each day the exhibition hall is packed with different families selling their used kids clothes/shoes/toys/gear etc. I’ve been going to this sale with my mom since I was a baby and it took place in our high school cafeteria and I can always get tons of cute stuff for cheap. Consignment sales/shops can also be good but they’re generally not nearly as cheap as the business takes a cut.

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