We all know kids clothes are expensive. They grow so fast it seems like every season they need a whole new wardrobe! Around the holidays especially, it can really pinch financially, because we’re budgeting for entertaining and gifts on top of the expense of fancy clothes for holiday dinners, parties, church, etc.
What if I told you you could get those adorable Carter’s party dresses for your daughter or cute plaid button downs and sweaters for your son for a fraction of the price? This tip will make it happen, my friends!
How to Save Money on Holiday Clothes for Kids
Shop second hand.
No, seriously. It sounds so simple, and it is, but it works! Especially for holiday clothes. Think about it. How many times does a child wear that adorable 40 dollar party dress? Once? Twice? Then, next year, it’s too small! These too small dresses end up in second hand stores both locally and online. And you can get them for 75-90% off! My daughter’s Carters Christmas dress last year cost 5 dollars. My son wore a Ralph Lauren button down that was $3.50 and a Gap sweater vest that I scored for 4 bucks. They both looked adorable and I got to spend more money on
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Ok, so where to look?
We’re lucky in my area because there are some great second hand baby/kid stores. There are two that I frequent in the next town over, and another one a little further away. These types of stores are amazing, because they carry clothes, toys, gear (strollers, high chairs, etc.), and you can bring your own stuff to get cash or store credit.
In addition to these types of second hand stores, most areas have Salvation Army or other regular thrift stores. You’ll have to dig a little at a place like this, but there are still fantastic deals to be had!
Did you know you can also shop second hand right from your smartphone or computer? ThredUp (referral link) is a second hand clothing website that I have found a ton of great stuff on. You can search by size, gender, brand, and type of clothing, and they have baby, child, and adult sizes! And, you can request a bag to send in clothes you or your kids no longer wear, and get credit to use to buy new stuff! If you sign up through my link, you’ll get a $10 credit, and I’ll get $10 to spend too! (Valid for new customers only.)
Right now I’m checking my local second hand stores and ThredUp for holiday styles for my kids, and you should be too! Do you shop second hand? Tell me about the awesome deals you scored in the comments!