Oh how I love darling little baby girl clothes. I could very easily spend a fortune buying my daughter cute new outfits & shoes (I’m obsessed with baby shoes. Even though she kicks them off in about two seconds!). She grows so quickly, and goes through about 2-3 outfits a day, so clothes are definitely a must. But I just can’t justify spending a fortune on clothes that will be spit up on, pooped on, and quickly outgrown. BUT, of course I still want her to look adorable. So, I meet in the middle and I buy most of her clothes at resale stores. This works well since the hubs and I are on a budget and trying to stick to our Dave Ramsey debt snowball. I have to be smart and budget- conscious. Trendy clothes at budget-friendly prices are a definite win in my book.
See that picture above? I bought all of those clothes for a total of $62.49. Thats: 6 pairs of shorts // 5 tops // 3 pairs of pants //1 romper // 1 dress
Most of the items looked brand new, maybe worn once or twice. And many of them still had tags on them. So baby gets several new outfits and mama doesn’t have to have buyer’s remorse. Score!
Below I’ve listed a few tips for consignment shopping for your little one.
5 Tips For Consignment Shopping:
1. Give yourself time. Good finds are out there, but they require the time & patience it takes to find them. 95% of the clothes at consignment stores may be outdated and not very cute. But gems do exist. Fabulous, stylish, cheap little gems. Tap into your inner hunter-gatherer and scour those racks!
2. Look up consignment shops in the nice, upscale areas on town. If I have the time, I drive the 20 minutes to the fancier neighborhood and find better brands and clothes. Most of which have never been worn and still have tags on, or are very gently used.
3. Search out clothes from your favorite stores. I love the style of clothes at Baby Gap, Zara, H&M, Cotton On… So I search out those brands & styles specifically. Finding cute pieces at a more wallet-friendly price.
4. Sign up for shop email lists to be the first to know what sales are happening. Sometimes they’ll even send you coupons! One time I went to a weekend 99 cent sale and got a whole bag of clothes for Eveleigh for $20. I got an email the week of the sale, and went the first night before everything was picked over. I scored big that night, even getting a Baby Gap peacoat for 99 Cents!
5. Go alone. While as a mom this is challenging and not always feasible… It is easier to shop alone for obvious reasons. Fewer distractions = more focus. Plus, it’s good for you mamas to take a little hour to yourself here & there!