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How Can 12 & 13 Year Old Kids Make Money with Clothes?

Updated on August 6, 2014
How can kids earn money? Selling clothes like these! When you find clothing like this to sell, it will fetch a really nice price from the right buyer. Go Vikings!
How can kids earn money? Selling clothes like these! When you find clothing like this to sell, it will fetch a really nice price from the right buyer. Go Vikings! | Source

How Can Kids Make Money with Clothes?

Just how can a kid make money with clothes? Since clothes are all around us, whether our closets are chocked full of unused clothing or we visit yard sales that offer bags of clothing for just a few dollars, kids can take advantage easily. Even 10 year olds and 11 year olds can make money fast with them, as long as each kid has a bit of help from parents or siblings. There are so many ways kids can make money with them that it isn't even funny.

Every 12 and 13 year old wants to be able to rake in money successfully, but it is impossible to find employment at that age since they are still too young to join the workforce. This can really cause some kids to become depressed, or feel like they are not smart enough to try their hand at a small dose of independence. It's simply not true- the earlier a child can learn the successes and failures of the business world, the earlier they can finetune their methods for success.

Therefore, I present one of the best ways for kids to make money fast without having to jump through tons of hoops. With a little bit of trial and error, a younger kid can perfect one or more of these methods to earn income until he or she is old enough to find a job with a local employer!

Outfits can absolutely razzle without having to see the entire ensemble- pair your for sale clothes well and let everyone know you've got the stuff to chase after!
Outfits can absolutely razzle without having to see the entire ensemble- pair your for sale clothes well and let everyone know you've got the stuff to chase after! | Source
A little bit of personality can go a long way with clothing! How can kids make money by changing up this great idea?
A little bit of personality can go a long way with clothing! How can kids make money by changing up this great idea? | Source

Selling Clothes to Friends: Fast Ways for 13 Year Olds to Make Money

At the age of 13, many kids will have some money on them- usually in the form of allowance. 13 year old girls are at that age where fashion interest is starting to run high, but they can't exactly hop in a car and go shopping. This leaves an open opportunity for many teenagers to make some money. Kids can wear some of the coolest pieces they have to school, then let people know that they are for sale (along with tons of other clothes) when they are complemented. The child can carry business cards that have a web address on them, so that they can hand them to those kids as well. The web address could be a facebook page or a website where the child keeps photos of all of the clothes that are available for sale, so that they can be viewed by peers and family. How great of an idea is that?? This is definitely one of the easiest ways for a 12 or 13 year old to earn money.

Tie Dye Socks are pretty cool! Great way for kids to earn money! Cheap, easy to do, and they come out looking awesome.
Tie Dye Socks are pretty cool! Great way for kids to earn money! Cheap, easy to do, and they come out looking awesome. | Source
This shirt from 1991 Inc is a perfect example of how pretty tie dye can be!
This shirt from 1991 Inc is a perfect example of how pretty tie dye can be! | Source

13 Year Olds Can Create and Sell Unique Pieces Online to Earn Money

How can kids make money with old, boring clothes that no one wants? It's easy! Give the old clothes a makeover! Clothes can be reborn in so many different ways that it's crazy. In today's "recycle and reuse" culture, reborn clothing created by teens that need money is actually a popular idea that sells well among those who are seeking to help protect the environment; and they can be a much cheaper alternative to new clothes. These are several different ways clothes can be upcycled so that 11, 12, and 13 year olds can find ways to earn money.

  • Dying, tye-dying
  • Roughing up (creating holes and signs of wear in jeans)
  • Fabric Paints
  • Transfers and Iron On Images
  • Alterations (adding or removing fabric)
  • Embellishments
  • Personalization
  • Re-sizing

There are many more cool ways kids can earn money with their old clothes, all it takes is some deep thought from the teen's mind! Creativity is the best weapon for a teenage entrepreneur!

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How Kids Can Make Money with the Help of Online Stores

With selling platforms such as Ebay, and ad sites such as Craigslist, it is now easier than ever for 11, 12, and 13 year olds to make some serious cash by selling clothes. By teaching yourself about how kids can make money by simply utilizing these platforms to advertise, the children can quickly and easily build up a sales voice and push their clothes and accessories into the open. Both will require a parent's assistance and permission, but they give the child one more sales outlet for their clothing. They allow the potential customer to find the dresses, shirts, slacks, shoes, and anything else that the kid has to offer through a search or browse feature; this is much better than having to ask people if they are interested in buying the clothing.

Where Can A Teen Get Clothes to Upcycle and Resell??

If a kid cannot find clothes at home to resell or upcycle, then they may need to turn to local places to find some clothing. The best place to check is friends and family. Many households have lots of clothes they no longer want or use; and they will often times give them away. For a 12 year old who wants to know how to earn cash, this is a great opportunity!

If family or friends is not an option, yard sales and garage sales are a great idea as well. It can be a real pain to find clothing at these sales that is viable, but not always! Once a kid and his or her parent become seasoned "yard salers", they can eye great sales without suffering through the bad ones. Most will offer clothes for mere pennies, a real benefit when you hit the jackpot. Many people could walk away spending only $2 or $3 for clothing that will bring them several hundreds of dollars in profit!

Last, but definitely not least, is the thrift store or consignment shop. Yet again, clothes can be fairly cheap and lightly used here as well. These shops tend to offer items that are in decent condition, as they do not want to waste rack space with ratty clothes that won't sell. One of the most popular used clothing stores out there is Goodwill, which is an AWESOME spot to find some great clothing to upcycle. They are a nationwide store that actually helps disabled Americans to find jobs, and the sale of donated items allows them to cover the costs that might be incurred with job assistance.

There are so many great places to find clothes and no stone should be left unturned! As young teens, it is vital to keep an open mind and learn how to make a penny at every opportunity. The most important part is to have fun, or it could become more of a hassle than a fulfilling side job!

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      Alex 

      3 years ago

      At our school, we have a rule that says we are not allowed to sell anything on school grounds.....

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      erinshelby 

      4 years ago from United States

      This is an interesting idea. I like the idea of giving kids the chance of having their own small business and seeing how it goes. They'll definitely learn something from it.

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      Anonomys 

      4 years ago

      Wow i really haven't thought of this and im coming up with some ideas now! Thanks so much!

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      ladybluewriter 

      4 years ago from United States

      Very neat ideas in this article.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 

      4 years ago

      This is just great! How cool and thank you for sharing.

      Well worth the tweet, Up +++ and shared. You have some great ideas and this is very helpful for the pre teens and teens to earn some cash for the holidays. :-) yea!

      Shalom

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      sheilamyers 

      4 years ago

      I would've never thought of selling clothes as a way for teens to make money. I especially like your idea creating something new from the old clothes. Almost every kid I know wants something to make them unique and stand out so having what could be a one of kind shirt made by a friend would be a very good selling point.

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