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15 Ways to Find Affordable Kids Clothes

Updated on December 29, 2021
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Lanecia enjoys writing in an effort to inspire others. She has a master's degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State.

Kids go through a series of growth spurts during the early years and that's why shopping for kid's clothes can be tricky.

One day they are wearing pants just fine, and then the next month the clothes just don't fit anymore.

In this article, I want to offer my best advice on how to shop for children's clothes based on my own personal experience as a parent. Whether your child is still a toddler or in grade school, shopping for a kid's clothes can be a task. Especially when you are looking to find affordable or even cheap options.

Keep reading to discover affordable ways to shop for kids.

Thrift Stores


Thrift stores can be a great way to find affordable kid's clothes. Places such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Savers, just to name a few, have become major providers of kid's clothes, books, toys, and more.

I've participated in the "sale" days when tags of a certain color have been marked down half the price, sometimes down to an even $1.00!

I often get excited when I see clothes marked down to a dollar or 50 cents. Try to plan some extra time to browse the many options. Oftentimes there is a lot of inventory that could go unnoticed. The downside is that most thrift stores have a stricter return policy so be sure to inspect your newfound treasures before you make your final purchase.

If you are practicing social distancing, online thrift stores such as ThredUp, Poshmark, Ebay, Vinted, and more provide affordable kid's clothing as well as additional ways to sell your clothing for profit.

Consignment Shops

According to Uloop at Huffpost, consignment shops are "a way for a store to sell clothes and accessories for you. As the seller, you bring your clothes to the shop and the owner decides how much each piece is worth and prices it accordingly. When and if a customer buys the clothing, the seller and the owner of the shop will each get a profit" (2014).

My experience with consignment shops goes back to my teenage years when I would sell my used clothing for money. Places such as Plato's closet would give me hard cash for my used clothing. Oftentimes I didn't get that much since these places often make a decision to buy your items only in certain conditions.

The clothes they didn't accept were returned to me and the clothes I sold to them would sell in the store for a new price. The process was fairly easy and I would always be happy to make a little extra money on the side.

The only challenging scenario would be when I didn't make as much of a profit from the used clothes I sold. To weigh your options, you have the freedom to turn down their offer and visit a different consignment shop if it's another one located in your area.

Pay close attention to the quality, style, and color patterns you consider as you provide your used clothes for sale. Consider the time of year and what's trending. There are a variety of kid's consignment shops where the process is very similar.

Just be sure your little's clothes are in "gently" used condition to start selling your kid's clothes. Not only will you be making extra cash, but you can also browse the store for guaranteed affordable clothing for the kids!

Shop in Bundles


Amazon has become more than just a place for eBooks and games, it is also a place to find affordable kid's clothing of all ages.

When I'm looking for clothes in bundles for one price, I turn to Amazon to find affordable options. They often sell 2-set pajamas, pants, t-shirts, and just about any clothing item in bundles for an affordable price. Not only have I been able to score a 2 pajama set for under 20 dollars, but you can also earn money towards other purchases.

I chose Amazon the majority of the time since the pandemic often hindered my in-person visits to the store.

You can also check out Places such as H&M, Old Navy, Walmart, Target, and Khols to get the best deals on bundled clothing for kids.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 LS


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