Do you/Would you buy your kids clothes a thrift stores?

United States
September 18, 2008 8:18pm CST
I have 4 kids 9.8.6.3 at home and boy oh boy do they wear out clothes fast. So instead of going and buying them all new wardrobes at the mall I have decided to go to the local Salvation Army. I can look through and find all the best stuff no stains or holes. I was just wondering am I the only one who does this??
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• United States
19 Sep 08
Hi raybowx5! Yes I do. I purchase some of my childrens clothes there. I have a 19 month old. She doesnt know yet or care where she gets her clothes from so therefore I could buy all of hers there!I choose to buy some new,some from the second hand stores and some are given to me from friends.They do grow out of them sooo fast at her age especially, so I wont waste alot of money, plus I get some nice brand name stuff also from a thrift atore! Now, my others are teens and they are into the stylish brand name stuff. I get them clothes new from the store, but they dont mind the thrift stores either. They like the thrift stores because they get alot of stuff there and even they too find good brand names there! Some stuff though for them just has to be bought at the stores to get the latest stuff. I set a certain amount for each and let them decide. They are pretty responsible with money and shopping so doing it that way really works for them! You are definitely not the only one!You are a very smart one though,and know how to spend your money wisely!
• Canada
19 Sep 08
It sounds like you have raised some wonderful kids, who will grow up to truly value money and spend it wisely.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
It must be hard for teens I guess i'll find out soon enough.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
Thank you so much monochrome_lie! That was very nice of you to say. Yes, I try to teach them the value of the dollar also to be very grateful for the things you have in life.
@Sheepie (3121)
• United States
19 Sep 08
Well, I do not have any children but I remember buying a consignment store shirt in the past. I was 14, I think. My mom freaked out because she's like that. She has expensive tastes. I would do that though, I don't see the big deal. It's especially good because some of the clothes are so unique that nobody will ever wear the same thing.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
That is very true and the other kids dont need to know where the clothes were bought anyway.
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@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
19 Sep 08
By the time your kids are 16, that is where they will be going for clothes anyways, so why not do it now. I have 4 children too. When they were younger, I would go to the second hand shop in town and find really nice clothes. I also would shop clearance items for them. I'd pick up tons of stuff at the end of one season for the following year. If it didnt' fit the one boy i bought it for, it was bound to fit one of his brothers. I see nothing wrong with going to Salvation Army.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
Yes it's bound to fit one of them....lol
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
19 Sep 08
I have 2 kids one is 8 1/2 and one is 1 1/2. I buy some of their stuff new at the store, some of it at thrift stores and yard sales, and my daughter gets some of hers as hand me downs from my 5 year old niece.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
hand me downs are nice...lol
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
19 Sep 08
You are not the only one!. Especially when they are young and play outside. They grow so fast, it certainly is not smart to pay $60 for jeans that will last for a month. We still do thrift shop and Plato's closet for my 14 year old.
• United States
19 Sep 08
I agree, And with 4 whew that would be 60x4 no thank you...Thanks for responding.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
I have bought thrift store clothes before. My girls are 9 and 4 1/2 and like somebody else said; they go through clothes so fast right now why spend a fortune? I also catch great deals at Walmart and Kmart, and sometimes we occasionally spend a little more. That way the get the best of all worlds.
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• Canada
19 Sep 08
I am about to have my first child in February, and we will definitely be looking to thrift stores and yard sales as a way to cut down on shopping expenses, especially when he is younger. Kids just grow out of clothes so fast, it's not worth it to spend money on new name brand clothes in my opinion. Do you find your older kids complain about their thrift store clothes at all? I know I did when I was a kid, but my mom wasn't really concerned about a balance between cool and cheap, she just wanted the lowest price.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
No they don't complain just yet but they might with coming years though.
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• Canada
19 Sep 08
Childhood is such a touchy thing that way. It's hard when you want to be one of the cool kids, when what often separates the cool from the not so cool is money. I wish it were easier to teach our children that life isn't all about having the latest and greatest.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
I rarely buy my kids new clothes and if I do they are off the clearance rack. Kids grow so fast and I am contantly replacing things. I swap a lot with friends and I buy and second hand stores. My kids closets are well stocked. They also get new clothes from family at Christmas and birthday times so they have things that are new. I look through the stores and pick out the things that are nice. My kids can barely wear out clothes before they out grow them so we just pass them on and buy someone elses. It works for everyone all the way around.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
I agree and it's not really hard to find nice stuff there.
@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
19 Sep 08
Hi raynebowx5, I don't have a kid yet! My Mother in-law works for the Red Cross and she is the one who arranging all the displays at all the thrift stores. She sometimes sends my husband and I clothes from the thrift stores and they are always great quality.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
That's cool.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
19 Sep 08
absolutely! i shop at thrift stores all the time! my daughters have both gotten some brand name stuff (garage, espirit -we are in canada)for cheap and i do not hesitate to go there. who can afford $60 for a pair of jeans for a $15 year old? certainly not me!
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• United States
19 Sep 08
I agree...lol
• Lubbock, Texas
19 Sep 08
Thrift stores are a good idea with growing children. I don't know how it is where you live, but when my granddaughters that lived next door to me were little their mother would hit all the garage sales in the "good" part of town. She'd find really nice clothes for even less than she could buy them at the thrift shops.
• United States
19 Sep 08
Yeah yard sales are great too...
@mariab (88)
• United States
20 Sep 08
If I had kids, I certainly would buy them for the younger ones - they don't understand what fashion is at that age anyway! Kids that young grow like weeds! That way I can save for their college education (or for nicer clothes when they grow up). But definitely make sure the clothes are clean. I would also accept hand me downs from friends and family.
@bowtieguy (5931)
• United States
19 Sep 08
I suppose if I was in a similar situation I might do the same thing. I do not shop at thrift stores, when it comes to fashion for me and my sons I will not hold out I want them to look good and be able to wear things they want.
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@kymommy72 (589)
• United States
19 Sep 08
I love thrift stores. I have two little ones age 3 and 10 months. Like you said they outgrow their clothing sooooo fast. If I can pick them up some nice clothing for pennies on the dollar than why not? Thrift stores have lovely items, even for myself, my husband or my home. I've found several brand name children's clothing items for $1.00 or less, a great find to me! I am also a big fan of yard sales and garage sales. Believe me you are not the only one...I think that makes you a smart shopper :)
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@peavey (15767)
• United States
19 Sep 08
I always bought my kids' clothes at second hand stores. Kids grow so fast that many of the clothes are hardly worn. You can find expensive lines of clothing with a lot of wear left in them for much less than you can buy cheap, new clothes, so why not? I buy second hand for myself, too.
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@jason1308 (1587)
• France
28 Oct 08
We do exactly the same, and although I wouldn't say we buy everything from the Salvation Army and similar stores, they do make up the bulk of the purchases. Its amazing what bargains can be had, and in todays economic climate, the more we can tighten the purse strings, the better.
@seabeauty (1481)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I used to buy my kids clothing at a cosignment shop when my two older children were little. I don't anymore. My oldest is 12 now and he is very picky about clothes. I don't know if they sell kids clothing at a size 12 or above since its been so long. My daughter, I have to order her stuff online mainly. She is overweight and its hard to find clothing that fits her. She is 9 but she wears a size 16 girls. Its hard to find cute stuff at that size for her age.
@Wordplay (239)
• Canada
1 Oct 08
If it weren't for thrift stores, my family would have nothing to wear! I shop there all the time for my kids (ages 6 & 9) as well as myself. Goodwill, Salvation Army, Bibles for Missions, I shop them all. Value Village (called Savers in the US) is the best. I have found many nearly-new items at a fraction of the cost I would pay at the mall. I have been very lucky and found many top name-brand items (including Bugle Boy, Gap, Children's Place). I also love garage sales and rummage sales for the same reason. My kids are old enough to understand that we don't have all the money in the world, and that we have to stretch our budget as much as possible. Fortunately they are laid back and haven't fallen into the trap of wanting to spend tons of money to look "cool". I think they have made the connection that if we spend less on clothes we can spend more on other things. I also have the kids try on the clothes before buying--if they are part of the decision process then they don't object to the purchase.
@pjones83 (59)
• United States
20 Sep 08
nope you are not the only one. I love the salvation army and goodwill. I a very picky on the clothes i buy at these places, however i will buy them if they are in good condition. I have gotten several looks from people who see me going there like they are thinking i am cheap or poor, but i don't care because i have more money to buy things my kids want because i don't py a rediculous amount on their clothes.
• United States
20 Sep 08
No, especially in this economy waste not want not. I have bought used clothing that is in perfect condition on ebay and consignment shops. Children grow so fast and with all the other more pressing expenses, why not save a few dollars (quite a few really) by getting them the good quality clothing that some other child quickly outgrew? I admire your resourcefulness! (AND wish there was a spell checker, since I am quite sure I spelled that wrong, sorry)