I really do not understand buying most of children’s clothes brand new. Why not? They outgrow their clothes so quickly, have very few strong personal opinions on their clothing (they do require comfort, like everyone else). Thrift shop clothes have the added advantage of going through the wash a few times and being played in quite a bit; if it’s on a thrift shop rack and looks nice, chances are it is a *sturdy* piece of clothing. If it’s being sold brand new (at double-quadruple the price), there’s still a high chance it will fall apart in the wash, shrink dramatically in the wash, stain terribly, rip the first time it’s used. Buying new, you’re also limited to the current “in” trends for baby’s clothing, even if you think stuff 3-4 years ago was cuter.
Socks are the one thing I buy new more than 50% of the time. It seems like everyone else has trouble keeping their baby socks matched, and I don’t find many at thrift shops and yard sales.
I shop thrift stores for baby and toddler clothes pretty frequently, but I also try to stock up on outfits for the next 6-9 months at community wide yard sales. There are a couple very nice subdivisions in our town that have their yard sales early in the summer; last year I found sooo many clothes for my kids for .25-.50 a piece. Sometimes I’ll hear people talk about how the clearance prices at stores like Kohls are just as good as thrift shops or yard sales, but this is not necessarily true. I was just at Kohls recently (shopping for a ring bearer outfit for Striderling, something not quite as easy to find secondhand) and most of the clearance items I found were still $4-$8. Considering the fact that I just got several outfits for the Princess Peach for under $2, I wasn’t really that impressed.
And here’s a tiny bit of show and tell… I’d love to see some of your thrift shop finds for kids’ clothes, too!
Princess Peach is here wearing a dress I got at Goodwill…. it’s a Gymboree brand, I paid under $2. The onesie underneath came from a yard sale, I *think.* The shoes are from Goodwill and the stockings were purchased new (on sale, of course :)).
A new Salvation Army opened in our town last week so I had to go, of course. 🙂 Along with finding several things to resell, I got several new outfits. Pretty sure the shirt and pair of pants cost under $2.50, total. The shoes came from a children’s resale shop in our town, on clearance for $2.50.