I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of my kids’ clothes wearing out.
I mean I get it; they cannot keep their yogurt on a spoon to save their lives, so it’s no wonder I wash their clothes constantly.
Is it so much to ask, though, that clothes not fade right away or get little holes in them?
Buying Better Brands
Much as it pains me, I finally came to the realization last year that I need to buy better clothes for my kids, not to impress anyone or to have them wear fancy things, but just so the clothes freaking last.
I was in such a habit of getting cheap pajamas on sale for under $10 and grabbing little shirts here and there that shrunk right away.
None of this really clicked until my mom sent my son a pair of nice Hanna Andersson pajamas. These pajamas usually run around $40 new (although I think she got them for less on eBay).
Anyway, I just happened to notice that while all our other pajamas were shrinking and fading, the Hanna Andersson pajamas did not. The red stripes on them are just as vibrant as they were the first day I got them.
So, I started searching for this brand and other nice brands like Polo and Boden for my kids, but I quickly realized I’d go bankrupt if I bought them brand new. Even with the sales on those websites, I just couldn’t bring myself to buy them at those high prices.
So, what’s a mom on a mission to do?
My Secret Place to Buy Long Lasting Clothes
Well, it’s not going to be much of a secret anymore because other moms are finding out about it, but I’ll tell you my secret place to buy long lasting, really nice clothes for a huge discount: ThredUp.
ThredUp is a website where you can buy used clothes for women and children. At first, I wondered what the clothes would be like. Would they have that weird thrift store smell? Would they actually arrive as nice as they look online? The people at ThredUp were nice enough to extend a credit to me to try it out, and now I’m hooked. (By the way, I can extend a $10 credit to you if you want to try it out as well!)
Now that I’ve tried it, I plan to buy my kids’ clothes here from now on. I was pleasantly surprised that the box showed up looking all fancy-like. Everything was packaged really nicely and wrapped in pretty paper. It honestly looked nicer than brand new clothes I’ve purchased from Old Navy and Gap, etc.
They even had little extras in there, like little pamphlets on how to live your best life. I just really liked the whole vibe of the company and what they were trying to do. Sure, they could have started a company just re-selling clothes that moms sell them, but I appreciated how they elevated the whole thing and made me feel like I really was buying nice new clothes for my kids (rather than what I was really doing, which was actually buying used clothes!)
Finding Affordable Name Brand Clothes
I thought it would be helpful to post actual screenshots of clothes I bought for my kids from ThredUp. That way you can see the prices I got. The clothes below are great brands like Polo, Crewcuts, Guess, and Hanna Andersson.
On the website, you can filter your searches to find clothes that are in excellent condition or if you are just looking for play clothes, you can get even better deals on clothes that are in good used condition.
As you can see, I was definitely shopping clearance items and even one final sale item, but everything I bought was in excellent condition and for great prices. Some of the clothes I got are more for the summer and fall, when my kids start pre-school so they are just hanging in their closet waiting for the Detroit weather to warm up!
Other Ways to Get Great Deals on Kids’ Clothes
Of course, ThredUp isn’t the only place you can buy quality used clothes for your kids. I’ve had good luck at garage sales, in different mommy Facebook buy and sell groups, and at stores like Once Upon a Child. However, I’m leaning towards using ThredUp all the time because unlike the mommy Facebook sale groups, ThredUp let’s you return items as long as they are not final sale. Also, unlike going to thrift stores, garage sales, and consignment stores, I don’t have to leave my house with two children when I shop at ThredUp!
Anyway, if you’re tired of washing your kids’ clothes over and over again until they fade, maybe try to do what I did and buy them slightly nicer brands. And, now you know my secret of how my kids look so swanky, even though I’m not breaking the bank at all. 😉
So now, I’d love to hear from you. Do you buy used clothes for your kids? What are some of your favorite brands? Where do you like to shop?