Could you get kids’ clothes for almost free? The woman in the linked article does. She buys name brand clothing in lots (groups of clothing) on ebay/Craigslist and sells them on ebay after her kids have outgrown them. She says the name brand clothing wears better and sells better.
You might not be surprised that she has become an expert in stain removal! I have a feeling that she makes her kids change to play clothes when they get home from school or other events. It’s a good habit to give your kids. Play clothes can be items with stains or holes or ones that just are not in as good condition. No play clothes? You can buy play clothes at garage sales for 50 cents or less a piece. And if you have young kids, parents need “around the house” clothes for all those splatters that come with the territory. It’ll save your work clothes & make them stay nice much longer.
She does not shop at Gymboree except during sales when she often gets items for $5 each. I think the end of season sales at Sears are pretty good too, though you probably would not get as much reselling Sears clothing on ebay after your kids are finished wearing them as you would with Gymboree clothes.
UPDATE: I was at the mall yesterday for the first time in ages & saw that Gymboree was having a sale. The sign said 70% off. The clothes on the rack by the door had a sign saying “$5.99 and Under” & the items on that rack were adorable, high quality, & very gift-worthy. They were in rather small sizes though, but I didn’t check the rest of the store. Could be worth checking out. This was on 6/7/2011.
She says she finds better brands on ebay than at resale shops and Good Will, etc. This method works well until the kids reach the age where they wear out their jeans and pants. Pants in those sizes are not very available on ebay/Craigslist because the kids are putting holes in the knees at that age.
Sears will replace kids’ clothes if they get holes or are just worn out. You have to sign up for their free program, Kid Advantage, and they will replace the worn item for free with a similar item for sale at a similar price that you paid, but it must be in the same size. Keep your receipts for this to work. This could be a great idea for jeans or pants that get worn a lot. You might still be able to find shirts on ebay for this age group.
If you have maternity clothes you won’t be using again, ebay is a good place to sell them in lots also!
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