Where She Gets Her Kids’ Threads
07 Jun, 2013
Written by Heather Riggleman
Kids are expensive. The average couple will spend close to $475,000 on their children before the age of 18. NOT ME. My husband is in school and I work from home, so we have a meager budget. And I’ve learned some pretty creative ways to get great clothes at basement prices.
Besides the Kearney Area Exchange,Hastings, and Grand Island; I post on my status what my child is in need of or looking for. For example, my son is starting soccer and I’m not sure he will fall into his Daddy’s footsteps and play for the rest of his life OR if it will be a season fling. I don’t want to pay $20 to $40.00 on a new pair of cleats.
So I post what I’m looking for and nine times out of ten, someone will have what I want at a fair price. I got Elijah’s cleats for $7.00
One of my all time favorite sites. Fill out your profile and browse. In a couple of days, you will have a box full of clothes sitting on your doorstep. These clothes are gently used to brand new with the tags still on them.
Right now Thred Up has a 20% off coupon code for your first back to school purchase. Since my son wears uniforms, I was able to shop and get 5 pairs of khaki pants, 2 pairs of khaki shorts and one cardigan sweater, all for $39.00.
Think E-Bay meets Old Navy and that is the site in a nutshell.
Janel owner of Bumblebees and Ladybug’s motto is Keeping the Cost Down of Growing Up! Twice a year in Kearney as well as in other surrounding communities like Hastings, Janel works with you to sell your gently used clothes at a great price. It beats trying to get rid of your child’s outgrown clothes as garage sales. Instead of hassling and haggling, you set the price, hang it on a hanger and Janel’s team of volunteers do the rest. If your item doesn’t sell, you have the opportunity to either pick up the item, reduce the sale price to half price or donate the item.
When I sold all of Tori’s dresses and clothes, I earned $300.00 for two small totes of clothes.
Hand Me Downs and Clothing Swaps
My friend Alyssa has twin girls that are about a year older than my Tori. Alyssa is sick of doing the garage sales and would much rather see her clothes go to good use…that’s where I come in. I haven’t had to buy a single outfit for her since summer began and she is set for the fall as well. Don’t be afraid to take hand me down’s. Chances are you are looking for good clothes at a great price, so are your other mommy friends.
Arrange a kid’s clothing swap. Designate what items can be swapped, where to meet, and start swapping. The MOPS group of Kearney has done this a few times. Moms simply get together, arrange all the clothes according to size and sex and then look for items their child needs.