Buying Used Baby and Kids’ Clothes

There is something almost magical about baby clothes; they’re impossibly small, precious and sweet. It is hard to resist buying a pair of soft, organic cotton pajamas or tiny little socks and shoes. We might not even look at the price tag, initially. That is until we realize that, as magical as the clothing, is our baby’s ability to outgrow every item in the blink of an eye.

While most of us will indulge our craving for new sweet baby clothes with the first baby, many of us quickly realize that pre-owned clothes make more sense as our families grow.

Although kids don’t grow as fast once they hit the 2-year-old mark, they still go through clothes much faster than adults. A 3, 4 and 5 year old will still change sizes every season or even twice a season. Fortunately kids’ clothing styles are more stable than adult’s fashions, so a Spiderman t-shirts used by your 10-year-old 6 years ago will still delight your 4 year old today.

 

Like New and New

Newborns do very little other than eat and sleep – yes, crying too, but that still doesn’t ruin their clothes – so they barely soil or wear out their clothes. Add to that that they outgrow their clothes every month or two, and you have barely used clothes to pass along to your next child, family friend or to sell at consignment stores.

When you buy baby clothes at consignment stores, you can get that same adorable outfit you were eyeing at the brick and mortar store for a fraction of the cost and almost as new.

If almost new is not an option you’d like to consider, there is also an extensive selection of brand new, never worn clothes at consignment stores. New babies receive new clothes as gifts and many of them will never be worn, for a variety of reasons. This gives the consignment buyer the opportunity to purchase new-with-tags items at significant savings, without sacrificing the desire for new items.

 

Staying Power

As children grow, they won’t change sizes every month, but they might change every season – and sometimes twice during the season. That will leave you again with clothing that is barely used and in nearly new condition. Sure, you will have that favorite t-shirt or dress that was worn over and over, but you will also have the dressy shirt or dress that went to church or a family event once for a couple of hours, or something your child simply refused to wear – we have all been there.

Older kids are more opinionated about what they will and will not wear, which takes us to new-with-tags clothes available for older children. Everyone with kids will have clothes in their closets that were never worn because their kids simply refused to wear them. The reasons for this can be as varied as: “I only like to wear blue/pink/red/insert color,” “I only wear long/short sleeve shirts,” “I only like sports/super heroes/princesses/dinosaurs theme shirts.” The list is long and as varied as our kids’ personalities.

So, all those new-with-tags clothes end up at consignment stores for a fraction of the price. The best part is that, when we move on from super heroes to dinosaurs, we will be able to turn it all around, sell the old and buy new items, and we will still be ahead in terms of cost.

The benefits of buying used baby and kids clothes at online consignment stores are many: money savings, reusing already manufactured items and great selection are just a few.

When you choose an online consignment store like Swap.com you are adding the elements of convenience and ease to your shopping experience. Every item is already pre-screened for you for stains, blemishes, tears and imperfections. You can narrow your search to exactly what you want by size, style and brand, so you don’t have to go through racks and racks of clothes looking for specific items. Once you’re done shopping from the convenience of your home, all you do is wait and your clothes will appear, neatly packed in a box at your doorstep.  Shopping at Swap.com is so easy, convenient and economical that you will think it’s pretty magical.

 

By Marta Jiménez-Lutter

Back to School on a Budget

After months spent in the sun, without a care in the world: swimming, playing, barbecuing, traveling and having fun, the time finally comes each year to end the fun and start thinking of those three words that bring joy to the heart of many parents and dread to kids all over the world: Back to School.

Going back to school requires a significant amount of preparation that can cut short the summer fun activities. Kids need an extensive list of supplies to return to their academic life and also, in many cases, a new wardrobe to fit their growing bodies, their new fashion sense or simply to replace clothes that were too beat up by the end of the previous year.

Needless to say all these purchases are taxing on the family budget, especially for families with multiple children. After a summer doing fun things, back to school shopping can be an emotional and financial strain. It’s not easy to drag kids from store to store trying to find the items listed on their extensive school supplies lists and then from clothing store to clothing store trying on outfits and arguing with them out of sheer frustration and exhaustion.

Consignment shopping offers savings in money, time and frustration levels. When you shop online, it can also mean the difference between dragging disgruntled kids from store to store, to continuing your summer fun activities for a little longer. The monetary savings are obvious when it comes to consignment stores, shopping for school supplies such as lunch boxes and backpacks at these outlets can result in 50 to 80 percent savings versus buying the same items at retail establishments. These products can often be found in new or nearly new condition at sites such as Swap.com.

The same can be said about clothes. There is no need to overspend on clothes at brick and mortar stores when the same items can be easily purchased – again new or almost new – at consignment stores. Many consignment stores, like Swap.com, also do a thorough inspection of the clothes they sell, so you know that what you are buying is brand new with tags, in excellent condition, good condition or fair. In the case of online consignment stores, like Swap.com, the savings are compounded by the ease and convenience of the shopping experience. You don’t have to stop your summer fun activities and take your children shopping. You can just go online, let them pick some items, click, order and wait for your purchases to show up at your doorstep.

Since every article available at Swap.com is thoroughly inspected by a professionally trained merchandiser, your order will be exactly what you thought it would be; no unpleasant surprises, foul odors or misrepresented quality. You will always be satisfied with the products you purchase at Swap.com, or you can return what you don’t like and receive 100 percent of your money back – unprecedented in consignment store shopping. So you can continue to enjoy your summer until the very last drop of sunshine is gone.

by Marta Jimenez- Lutter