6 Ways to Get Baby Clothes Free or Cheap
Are you a parent seeking baby clothes who doesn’t want to go broke buying them? If you are a parent, you know how expensive brand new infant/toddler clothing can be. If you are a soon-to-be parent you will find out that fact soon. Since children outgrow clothes so quickly, it doesn’t make sense to pay top dollar for items that your child will only outgrow after a month of wear. Luckily, there are many places you can get good quality clothes without having to bust your bank account. If you are willing to buy used clothes which are in good condition you can find some great stuff.
Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade Groups
A friend of mine turned me onto Facebook buy/sell/trade groups. Facebook groups are a great way to get clothes, toys, and other related items for your children which are in great condition. For $30-60 you could have a full wardrobe of clothes for your baby. This is especially true if you are able to buy clothes in lots, a large number of clothes being sold together for one price instead of each item being priced separately.
To participate in a buy/sell/trade Facebook group, you will have to search for groups in your area. To do this, simply type ‘kids buy/sell/trade’ along with the name of your town into the Facebook search box. Once you find some you want to join, you will probably have to submit a request to join the group. When you become a member, make sure to read and follow the rules.
Something to consider when you respond to a post is that you will most likely be expected to pay cash for the items you arrange to pick up. Obviously, most people do not have a way to swipe a credit or debit card, so make sure to have cash.
GCF, Once Upon a Child, Etc.
GCF, Goodwill Community Foundation, is an organization that takes donations of gently used household items and resells the items at a severe discount. Once Upon a Child is a secondhand franchise that is similar to GCF but the franchise focuses on items for children. GCF and other stores like it are wonderful places to stock up on clothes for your little ones. If there is no GCF or Once Upon a Child in your area, you can probably do a Google search for secondhand stores in your area which sell baby clothes.
Note: Most GCF stores only take cash or checks as payment.
Not everybody wants to make a buck off of their stash of outgrown kids clothes. People who just want to get rid of their stash of clothing often post their stash on Freecycle. Briefly, Freecycle is a network that focuses on keeping “good stuff out of landfills.” The network is a place where anyone with something they don’t want anymore can arrange to have it picked up by someone else free of charge. Rarely, the giver is willing to drop the item off but givers that are willing to do this are uncommon. Read more about Freecycle here.
Free Section of Craigslist
The free section of Craigslist is similar to Freecycle. People post their unwanted items in this section requiring no pay in return. I have seen everything from mobile homes to pianos posted in this section. I have also seen lots of baby clothes and other baby related items posted in this section of Craigslist. Check out a post I wrote a while back about this subject.
Alternatively, you can also find cheap clothes for your kids in the ‘for sale’ section of Craigslist.
Friends and Family
This is the best way to get brand new baby clothes without busting your bank account wide open. In fact, this is the way my own children have received most of their clothes. I may have paid $75-100 collectively for various items, but both of my girls were gifted piles and piles of clothes from my mother-in-law and friends of the family. When I say, “piles and piles of clothes,” I am being conservative.
Many times, when you tell your friends and family that you are pregnant they will simply offer clothes their kids cannot fit anymore. Then there are the baby showers. If you have a lot of caring friends and family you may end up being surprised by how many baby showers will be thrown in your (or your baby’s) honor.
I suggest buying everything you need for your child only after you have attended all the baby showers you are going to throw or be thrown.
Yard Sales and Flea Markets
Yard sales are an all American way to get rid of stuff you can no longer use. This is especially true for items from childhood. Yard sales are transient, though, so you have to seek them out. Craigslist is a great place to find local yard sales. Many people post their upcoming sales in the ‘community’ section of the site. A lot of times, people will make signs for their yard sales and post them on the side of the road, so yard sales can be harder to find.
Similarly, flea markets often have vendors that sell clothes for kids. I don’t think I have ever been to a flea market that did not have at least two vendors selling clothes for children. To find flea markets, you can do a Google search for flea markets in your area.
If you are already a parent, where did you buy your kids’ clothes?
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