Van Huesen, Old Navy, Arizona, Adidas, Nike… last weekend we scored 25 clothing items for our son for a whopping total of $31! See those white and blue shorts with the tag? That tag says $36. (Who in the world pays $36 for boys’ shorts?!)
Buying children’s clothes at garage sales is one way we are able to live below our means, save more, and give more. Here are some strategies I find useful when scouring the sales.
Forget first impressions or expectations. We scored this wardrobe during our “city”-wide garage sales last weekend, at the home of a single woman who has never had children. I certainly didn’t expect to find children’s clothing at her sale! (She had a friend selling with her.) Don’t be afraid to breeze through a sale, even if from the road nothing looks of interest. It doesn’t take much time, and you never know what hidden treasures there may be.
Buy off-season. Go ahead and purchase that nice-looking sweater at the beginning of summer. Snow gear is also a popular garage sale item. If you can store them, you’ll be happy to dig them out of the closet in the dead of winter for pennies on the dollar.
Buy a size (or two) up. All those hanging dress shirts in the photo? They are a size (or two) too big for our 4 year old. I knew that when I bought them, but didn’t want to pass by such quality shirts for that price. Fortunately, we have the space to store extra items until they can be used. It’s so much easier and less stressful to find inexpensive clothing when you don’t need it immediately.
Check for wear and tear. They are used kids’ clothes, after all. Look past the Adidas or Nike tags and make sure there aren’t any stains or holes that you’ll be upset about when you get home.
Ask for a “bulk buy” discount. Sellers are thrilled when someone comes in and wants to purchase an armload of items at once. Add up your loot, and don’t be afraid to ask for a lower price. “These tags add up to $29. Could I purchase all of it for $25?” Be reasonable with your request, though!
Where do you purchase the bulk of your childrens’ clothing? If you frequent garage sales, what are your best buying tips and tricks?
This post is linked to Frugal Friday.