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I have made it one of my missions to get my kid’s clothes for free or at the very least 90% off the original price. I have a little girl, so of course I could have gone crazy buying adorable clothes for her. I learned very quickly that things get ruined from stains or she just grows out of them so fast. Why am I going to spend a fortune on clothes when she is only going to wear them for such a short time? This is how I get my daughter’s clothes for free or really cheap. I’m talking about name brand, cute, quality clothing!
ThredUP is the largest online consignment store. They carry gently used clothes for kids and women. They even have shoes and accessories! They have name brands like Gymboree, Gap, J Crew, and more. You can even shop items that still have the tags on them! You can sign up using this link and you will get $20 added to your account! That is $20 worth of free clothes and they have a lot of items under $10!
Schoola is another online consignment store that is similar to ThredUp. The difference is that some of the proceeds from their sales go to help schools! Plus, when you sign up using this link you will get $15 added to your account. As of the time this is posted, you can also create a collection and you will get another $10 added. That is $25 worth of FREE clothes for you or your kids!
Garage Sales are another great way to get super cheap kids clothes. Most kids grow so fast that they only wear stuff a few times. Most items will be priced under $1 but you can always negotiate. People may even let you fill a bag full of stuff and just sell it to you for a flat fee. You have to get there early ( usually around 7:00am) to get the best selection.
People usually sell their gently used clothes on Craigslist. You can find some really good deals if you are willing to do a little searching. You can usually get a bag or box full of clothes for under $10.
You can organize a clothing swap for your local church or playgroup. Just have everyone bring items they no longer want and organize them by size and gender. Then everyone can pick what they want. This can be a really fun way to get rid of clutter and be social at the same time. Plus, you are getting clothes for free!
I can’t tell you how many times I have gone into a thrift store, like Goodwill, and saw tons of kid’s clothing that still had the tags on them, especially baby items. People get so much stuff at baby showers, that the baby grows too fast for them to wear it all. Items are usually priced around $1-$3 at most thrift stores. See if your store has a half-off day or if certain sections go on sale.
The Children’s Place
My favorite place to shop online for kid’s clothes is The Children’s Place. I usually get clothes for $2-$3 per item. They always have some kind of sale going on. You can usually stack promo codes that you can find on Retailmenot.com with clearance items. They have free shipping offers a lot too. You can sign up for a My Place Rewards card (which is free) and earn 5 points for every $1 you spend. Once you reach 1,000 pts you get a $5 certificate to spend in store or online.
End of Season Clearance
You can get a lot of great deals if you shop ahead of time. Last year, I bought my daughter a lot of Fall and Halloween clothes that she will be able to wear this year. You do have to guess what size they will be in next season but unless they hit a major growth spurt you should be OK. I got her some cute holiday shirts for $.50 and Halloween costumes for $2! She will be able to use them to play dress up, too. I usually find the best deals at Target, Sears, Kmart, and Kohl’s.
Once you have used these tips to get your kid’s clothes for free, make sure you take care of them and you will be able to resell them on Craiglist or to consignment stores to get most of the money you spent back! Then use that to get the kids more clothes and just keep repeating the process as they outgrow them. I hope this helps you save a bundle while still keeping your kids fashionable and cute!