Summer clothes and thrift shops/yard sales.

United States
June 12, 2007 4:55pm CST
I have 4 kids that I have to buy clothes for this summer. And boy can they get expensive. I was complaining to my sister about so outfits that I got that cost way more then I wanted to spend. And she told me why would you go out and buy them all new clothes for the summer? I told her I had to they all needed summer clothes. She said of course they do but why buy new clothes. I asked her what she suggests and she told me to go to thrift stores or yard sales. She said think about it they only wear them for a few months and 9 times out of 10 they will ruin them anyway. I guess she has a point it will cost a lot less. Do any of you buy clothes from thrift stores or yard sales for your kids in the summer time?
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@jbb316 (1779)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I would. If they are in great condition and look nice I am sure they are much cheaper than the ones on the clearance rack at the store. I even get hand me downs for my son too. Kids are so expensive you have to cut corners when you can.
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• United States
13 Jun 07
Yeah they do have to look decent.
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• United States
12 Jun 07
I cannot believe I just did something with my key board and lost what I just told you. Oh well here we go again. I go to good will for some of my clothes. Yard sales and other places like that are a great place to get clothes for you children. I never had the money to buy many outfits for my children. I only had a few outfits for them. I also know they would out grow or ruine them before I would get my money's out of them. My friends and I did a clothes exchange. We cleaned out our closets and brought all of our clothes over to my home. We exchanged clothes, all the clothes no one wanted went to Hospice so they can sell for to make money. We had a great time and loved it my friends say they love "my store" then we had dinner. You might want to do something like that with other mothers in the neighborhood. Exchange clothes which no longer fit their children and have a pot luck. This could be a night out for the mom's and some bonding also. Good luck
• United States
12 Jun 07
That seems like a great idea thanks.
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
12 Jun 07
I don't have little kids anymore but I used to buy clothes at yard sales and thrift stores for them. They actually have some decent clothes there. I plan on going to a thrift store this week because I need some new clothes. I have very hard well water and it is "eating" my clothes, so I see no sense in buying brand new for just hanging around the house.
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• United States
12 Jun 07
Thats true it will save you some money.
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• Canada
13 Jun 07
i always buy clothes from thrift shop.i live in a small town and i am a big man.it is hard to find clothes to fit me.also the price is so expensive
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• United States
13 Jun 07
Well good I'm glad you are able to find some that you can wear.
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@Sherry12 (2475)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I think buying from yard sales is a great idea. Kids do wear the clothes out so fast, and they won't fit them next year. So, I'd save the money and buy from some garage sales. I'd even start looking for school clothes. I know they don't want to be embarassed by wearing something that was one of their friends, but maybe you could go to a nearby town. Then you wouldn't have to worry about them knowing the person it belonged to.
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@kitkat1 (1227)
• Canada
13 Jun 07
I dont only buy clothes at yardsales and thrift stores for my kids for the summer but all year round. I have three kids and i am a single mother so alot of their clothes come from places like this as to cloth them is very expensive. If you take the time to really look through stuff at thrift stores you can find really nice stuff my kids are in all the top of the line brand names and no one would ever know that is where their clothes come from. To me it is the only way to go when it comes to kids they are growing all the time not just in the summer and you dont feel so bad if they do ruin something valued at 60 bucks when you only paid 4 bucks for it lol.
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I get a lot of my daughters clothes at consignment sales. There are 2 really good consignment sales we have in my area twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. I always find lots of nice name brand clothes for really cheap. It's so much better then going out and spending lots of money on brand new stuff that she's just going to outgrow in a few months. I don't make it to many yard sales but the consignment sales have been a big winner for us.
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
25 Jun 07
It's defiantely the BEST way to buy children's clothing!!! My kids are outside in the dirt all day long. I would much prefer having them ruin a 25 cent outfit that was a garage sale find, than a $30 outfit anyday! :) I'm not above buying new clothes for my children, they get cheap outfits from walmart, target, and Dollar General all the time. I even sew some clothes for them... they tend to be the girl's favorites anyway.
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• United States
25 Jun 07
So very right about that.
@KrisNY (7592)
• United States
14 Jun 07
I don't- I only have one child- a daughter- 10 years old. It's not bad for us- because like I said only one- : ) We do yard sale shop.. but it's usually for craft items, and books. When she was younger I picked up new or nearly new clothes at yard sales- she outgrew them so fast and got them dirty- Now we pick up summer clothes at the end of the season for the next year--- alot of shirts and shorts- and then for Easter we shop again for summer clothes. I don't see anything wrong with yard sales though- I'm not big on thrift shops-
• United States
14 Jun 07
Thats cool.
• United States
13 Jun 07
I love the thrift store! I have about 3 good ones within 10 miles of my house. When I have kids all of their stuff is going to come from there unless we get gifts or handmedowns. I constantly find expensive namebrand clothing there with the tags still on it.
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• United States
25 Jun 07
Yeah you can find some good finds.
@jennysp8 (855)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Ever since my two little ones were born I have shopped thrift stores and consignment stores for their clothes. They are now going on six and four. It's not because I "have to" but since I grew up in a family that "had to" I learned alot of valuble lessons from that and I want to pass that onto my children. Plus, they end up ruining 99% of what they get anyways so why not? I make sure that what I do buy them is clean, no stains, and no rips in it. The stuff I buy looks good as new and that's perfect for us. Plus, not that I am into having big brand names like Tommy and such, but if I chose to buy all new clothes, it would be all Wal-Mart stuff (no offense to anyone because I do like Wal-Mart stuff) but I wouldn't be able to afford those brand names. And some of those outfits are very cute.
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@sjohnson628 (3197)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I do this a lot for myself! Actually where I live we have a free share store. It's run by a Bible camp here and you bring things (not just clothes) and pick up items you need. Clothes sewing machines shoes purses household items etc.(anything someone donates.) They charge 1 dollar a bag fee. (if you have it) All the clothes are stain free and some even have the price tags on them! I love it and it saves a lot of money in the long run. And as fast as the kids out grow them (or in my case my son loses things like shoes and summer shirts) It's a wiser choice to buy second hand. I just wash them all when I get home. Good luck in your thrift store shopping and yard sailing.
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• Canada
13 Jun 07
I love to buy new clothes but love to buy from thrift stores and yard sales as well ( don't run in to many yard sales though ) . You can find some really nice clothes and for not even a quarter of the price you would pay if you were to get it new . I am like you and have five children to buy for and they all love getting clothes and don't care where it came from as long as they like it . I don't buy used underwear or socks or anything like that but when it comes to pants , sweater or short sets you can find so many nice things that look like new for pennies compared to what you would pay in a store .
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Yes, yard sales and thrift stores are great, you may even have a consignment shop in your area, and you will most likely find nicer clothes there as well, for very inexpensive. I shop at our local consignment shop, they usually have stricter guidelines on what they will accept as far as clothes go, so you don't have to weed through a lot of junk, and it's usually a lot more organized and clean. (at least in our area). You can find clothes, toys, and shoes, hats etc there. Many will have them for children up to adults, so check your phonebook to see what they have. Also, at consignment shops, you can bring in all your kids old stuff, and recieve money or credit for them, That's what I do. I have a 9 month old and a 3 year old, so I bring in miscelanious stuff, but since they are both boys and we're not done having children yet, I will wait until we have our last one to bring in a lot of clothes. But I bring in outfits that I didn't really like, and I'll be bringing in the highchair my 9 month old doesn't use anymore. Good luck.
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I have always purchased the majority of my children's clothing used. I buy their clothes from yard sales, thrift stores, and flea markets. I also get handmedowns from friends as well. I use to do a clothing swap with other mothers as well. A clothing swap is where you and your friends get together to swap clothing that your children no longer wear or they have out grown. Your sister is right, it is a cheap way to dress your children. I can buy name brand clothes for just a few dollars while others will pay far more then I would care to imagine. Plus you are recycling so you are also helping the environment as well. I still buy my children a few new clothes as well to go along with the other clothing I buy them.
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@wiccania (3360)
• United States
13 Jun 07
i do. i also buy the fairly cheap cotton clothes at walmart -- they cost about $3 a piece. they tend to last him the whole season thru all the wear and tear. but i think that they only go up to 5T. i also buy stuff on ebay.
@derek_a (10902)
13 Jun 07
We used to buy clothes and other stuff for the kids and ourselves at various junk sales here in the UK. I have bought bikes and toys too that the kids loved to play with and then taken them back to car-boot sales that are common here in the UK. I never saw a problem with this. Sometimes the kids would moan that they would want branded stuff, and now and again they would get it, but not when cash was tight.