With four kids in the family, buying kids clothes at full price is not an option. In fact, quite often buying new clothes is not an option, which is why we buy a lot of our kids’ clothing used. We either buy clearance with coupons or second-hand clothes, and growing up as a farmer’s daughter, having a tight clothing budget is a very familiar feeling.’
I used to love it, when on a few rare occasions my mom brought home a box of hand-me-downs from a cousin or one of her colleagues. While we do not have any family around to get hand-me-downs from, getting a box of clothes from our favorite online consignment is just as wonderful (especially if we have credit to use).
One thing that is essential when shopping on a tight clothing budget, is shopping out-of-season – even when you shop second-hand. This is why, we always shop a size or two (or four) ahead of what our kids actually need. The two youngest boys are pretty set already between all of our clearance finds and hand-me-downs from their big brother (who seems to grow faster than I can shop), but I am on a mission to get our little girl a beautiful wardrobe without breaking our budget.
Take a look at what our latest box of used clothes contained….
I wanted to get our little girl a pink skirt to go with her tights and two long-sleeved shirts, for our cold days here in South Florida. However, spending a lot of money on a new skirt was not an option, so instead I went browsing at ThredUp, since I had enough credit to get free shipping . I found two perfect skirts for Bellamy Blue, and I also found lots of other great deals in bigger sizes.
I have been a part of the online world long enough to know that good deals and good sites usually change, and so I know that the $10 sign up bonus to ThredUp will one day disappear. This is another reason why I buy bigger sizes to Bellamy Blue, because I know we will never be able to afford to buy these beautiful dresses for her at the store, and our local thrift store does not have a nice selection. In fact, the pries are often higher than at ThredUp, and the quality is nowhere near that of the dresses we find at ThredUp. So, I buy dresses several sizes bigger than what Bellamy Blue uses now, if I find a good deal, and then I have a very organized storage system. I also have a list of all the clothing she has in bigger sizes, so that I never buy anything that she already has.
We had enough credit to cover almost all of the purchases, which meant that we only spent $0.38 out of pocket. If we had purchased all of the above at new full-price, we would have spent more than $450!!!
The dresses that we received were gorgeous, and I especially love the Hartstrings skirt above, the blue and white striped seersucker dress as well as the white Children’s Place dress, these dresses were absolutely gorgeous, but there is no way that we could ever afford buying them in store.
How To Save Big At ThredUp:
- Sign up for your free $10 ThredUp bonus
- Choose the gender and sizes you want
- Choose prices low to high in the top right hand-side and start browsing.
- Check out the new-with-tag section (in the sidebar under “condition”), and check out the women’s and junior sections as well.
- Add everything you like to your cart to reserve the item – You can always remove it from your cart during your final sorting.
- Buy items such as jeans, jean shorts, dresses, skirts and jackets, which are hard to find at low prices even on clearance.
- In order to use the $10 bonus, you will have to spend $40. Buy $50 worth of clothing, get free shipping, and only pay $40 after the ThredUp bonus. (That’s as little as $2.09 a piece)
- Everything ships in 3 – 8 business days.
- Invite your friends and get $10 to shop for, once they make their first ThredUp purchase.
- Sell your own clothes to ThredUp and get more credit. (We only recommend this option, if you do not have any other options for resale, as ThredUp only accepts like-new clothing)
If you think ThredUp might be for you, you can get $10 to shop for, if you sign up through this ThredUp bonus link. If you sign up, you get $10 to shop for, and if you actually find something you like, we get $10 to shop for as well. It is a win win!
Do you buy second-hand clothing for yourself or your kids?