Saving Money on Kids Clothing

I am frugal.  I always want to find a great deal, and rarely pay retail for items that can be found second hand or ‘on sale’.  I have found that it actually hurts my insides when I know I’ve paid full price.  I know that there is a deal out there and I missed it because I didn’t have the time or patience to find it.  Of course, there are times when higher prices can’t be avoided, like if it’s an in demand or hard to find item.  But, if you’re willing to take the time do some research & planning, you can almost always find a deal.

In this case, I’m talking about clothes & gear for Logan.  If you have kids, you know that they grow out of clothes so fast, it’s a waste to spend a lot of money on them.  Not that you don’t want to have a few special outfits, but the majority of the time, I am just looking for something functional, comfortable and cute.  This is why I was ecstatic to be introduced to Kids Resales before Logan was born.

Kids Resales are sales with just kids stuff.  Everything you need for your child can be found at deep discounts.  In North East Ohio, they are held throughout the Spring and the Fall respectively, which is great because you can shop for two seasons at a time without having to guess how much your child will grow in a whole year.

I have been missing these resales all Spring because we have been busy planning and moving to our new house.  So, I was excited to finally have a free weekend to attend one this past Saturday.  I get my information from a page on Facebook called NEO Kids Resales http://www.facebook.com/NEOkidsresales?sk=info.  There were a few to choose from, and I decided to go to one that I thought would be a little smaller, but would still have quality items.

I was right about it being smaller.  There were only about 10 people lined up when I got there, which was about five minutes before it started.  The most important rule for shopping resales is: get there early.  Especially if you are looking for a bigger item like a high chair, pack & play, ride on cars, etc, you need to be one of the first through the door to get the best stuff.  Same goes with the clothes – if you are looking to buy some barely worn Gymboree clothes for $1 or $2, better get there early.  Sellers typically price their items, and you are looking for the people who have amazing stuff and are selling it cheap.  If you aren’t one of the first through the door, you will most likely end up with the stuff that is not as nice and/or overpriced.  Hard core buyers will line up at least thirty minutes before the doors open at the popular sales.

Anyway, here was my take from the resale:

I paid $5 to get into the sale, which went to the Mom’s group that put it together.  I paid $31.50 for everything in the photo (except the couch).  $10 was for the swing.  $21. 50 bought us Eight shirts, Two pants, One onesie, Seven shorts, Five pajamas, a set of books, three snack containers and a toy.  In comparison, I went to Babies R Us a few weeks ago, bought about 16 items, and spent $187.   (I immediately had buyers remorse and went home to decide what I was going to take back.)

Below is a photo of Logan with his new toy, the classic ‘Little Snoopy’ pull toy.  He grabbed it before I could take the photo.  It was 25 cents.

In addition to Kids Resales, there are thrift shops, yard sales, craigslist, and ebay to find gently used clothes, toys, and gear.  My friend has a blog called www.savemamasave.wordpress.com, and she talks a lot about selling and buying in these different places.  Check it out!

In the meantime, Logan will by stylin’ in his new summer/fall wardrobe.

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