Back to school outfits come right hand and hand with the beginning of the school year. Chances are your child no longer fits into her clothes from last fall, so finding new clothing items can be essential. If you have priced new clothing at your local mall lately, you will have seen that jeans and shirts for children can cost as much as $40 a piece. When you have several children to buy for, you can quickly find yourself breaking your back to school budget. So what is your alternative? Buying second hand of course! When you repurpose old clothing in new ways, you can quickly and inexpensively build a wardrobe for your child that they will adore wearing. Many second-hand pieces are still fresh, hip, and have plenty of wear left to them. Take a look below at where to find stylish second-hand clothing pieces perfect for back to school. You’re going to want to save these back to school shopping tips so you won’t forget them!
Where to Find Stylish Second Hand Back to School Outfits
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1. Consignment shops
Consignment shops love to offer customers higher end merchandise at a huge discount. Look for jeans, sweaters, and other essentials for less. You can even sell the shop some of your child’s clothing she can no longer wear to get cash to buy new-to-her clothing. Look for bright colors, durable fabrics, and clothing that can be layered and worn all season. I am personally a big fan of Once Upon A Child for kids and Plato’s Closet for tweens and teens, though there are many consignment shops that sell second-hand clothes. If you have one near you, check them out!
2. Garage sales
Yard sales, garage sales, tag sales… no matter what you call them, they are a great place to find accessories as well as back to school clothes. Look for gently used items such as belts, ties, scarves, and other items your child can accent her outfit with. When browsing sale ads look for sales that are offering your child’s size so you won’t waste gas trying to find a sale that does. Also don’t forget ot check for online garage sales in your area. In many areas not only are people posting their garage sales on Facebook, you can also find local garage sale groups where people buy and sell.
3. Clothing swaps
Lots of churches and schools offer clothing swaps this time of year. Look for these in your area and score clothing for less or even free. Try to find clothing that is ideal for gym class such as shorts and t-shirts, as well as items for everyday wear such as a durable pair of jeans. If you live in Canada, FlipSize Canada is a great place to swap clothes! You can also host your own kid’s clothing swap with your friends!
4. eBay and Craigslist
Online forums are a great place to find secondhand clothing that still has plenty of wear left. Many people choose to sell their name brand clothing online as it will reach more shoppers. Give eBay or Craigslist a try and search for items in your area or from sellers that offer free shipping. You can even search by size, gender, and style.
5. Ask your friends!
Ask your friends to trade their gently used clothing and get plenty of new-to-you items for the school year. Trading with friends is a fun and easy way to get clothing for your child that is still in season and gently worn. Make a fun event out of it and get the kids together for a playdate while the adults swap.
Remember, when shopping second-hand children’s clothing look carefully for damage and stains. Look for durability, bright colors, and comfortable and easy to care for fabric. You will find that with a little searching and patience, you can easily assemble a wardrobe you can be proud of for less!
Freshen all purchases up with a quick trip through the washing machine. You can even sew on simple and inexpensive embellishments if you wish to add a touch or creative flare. Tie on colorful scarves, pins, bows, or other items you wish to add a pop of color and style too.
How do you save on back to school clothes shopping for your kids? Is there anywhere else you look for quality secondhand back to school outfits for kids? Tell me your tips in the comments below!
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