I’ve written about clothing swaps before, but I wanted to share some additional resources and tips.
Last night I was pulling out the 24 month clothes for Bitty Bird, and making a pile of 18 month clothes that she had outgrown and I thought about how there were probably other moms (and dads) doing the same thing!
I try to keep clothing in the next size up for Bitty, but Lil’ Man hasn’t bee growing very much, just wearing his clothes out, so I only have a few outfits in the next size up for him. Everything lives in a tote in her bedroom. But don’t worry, she can’t get into it. It’s part of her changing table set up.
We rely on clothing swaps and hand-me-downs for the bulk of our kids clothes. There is no reason that you have to spend thousands of dollars on dressing your kids!
Here are some tips to how we save big on kids clothes:
Trade with friends!
We lucked out that a lot of our friends had girls about a year before Bitty was born. We received a bunch of hand me downs prior to her birth, and we continue to as well. This is great because I turn around and share them with friends who have kids after Bitty has grown out of them!
Handing down clothes or trading with friends is a great way to keep costs down and keep unwanted/outgrown clothes out of landfills!
Some of our favorite outfits have been hand me downs!
Check Craigslist Free Section!
I have found tons of clothes (not just for the kids) in the free section of Craiglist. People move, or don’t have time to sell or donate clothing they no longer want. Instead they post on Craigslist! I’ve scored Jack and Janie, Gymboree, and even Nordstrom brand kids clothes all for free!
And in a similar vein:
Check out Clothing Swaps!
Here are a few in Eastern San Diego County:
- Finders Keepers Dates change. Usually quarterly in La Mesa
- Skyline Church Clothing Plus Swap Takes place twice a year.
- Pathways Church Clothing Swap Takes place once a year.
- Foothills Church Shop and Swap Once or twice a year
- Miss Charity’s Closet Monthly swap at Sonrise Church 8805 N. Magnolia Ave Santee, CA 92071 (2nd Saturday of each month)
And these two, while not specifically clothing swaps, do have clothing available for those in need
- The Closet on 54th: Open 3 times a month on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday 11:00am to 2:00pm. Located at Calvary Lutheran Church, 3060 54th Street, San Diego, CA 92105. Men, womens, and childrens clothing.
- Naomi’s Closet: at Santee United Methodist Church 8964 N. Magnolia St. Santee, CA 92071 Wednesdays 10 AM – 12 PM and every 1st & 3rd Saturday, 9 AM – 1 PM (ladies clothing only, men are not permitted)
Last night after separating and pulling out all of the outgrown clothes, I made two stacks. One was clothes to pass along to friends, and the second was clothes that were in play condition. A little wear, some staining, but still in ok shape (good for playing outside).
The play clothes I posted on our local Buy Nothing Group on Facebook.
I’m really looking forward to some clothing swaps this year! I have a bunch of clothes in my closet that I want to swap out!