We have 5 kids and a monthly clothing budget of $80 for our family of 7 or $960 per year. We have to be creative, find great deals, and find ways to meet everyone’s need’s accordingly!
Well, one place that we have grown to love is a place online to shop for gently used children’s clothing called ThredUp. The main places we buy clothing are the following places:
- Kohls (we have talked many, many times how we can get new clothing for pennies on the dollar at Kohls)
- Children’s Place (again, another place where we can get new clothing for rock bottom prices with just the right combination of coupons/sales a few times per year)
- Used clothing/thrift stores
Now this isn’t the exhaustive or only list, as we find special deals here and there, but it is our MAIN go-to clothing stores list!
We also like to try and buy good quality clothing as we not only pass back and forth between our kids, but we also share clothing with our church family too, just as they share with us. So when you can buy higher quality, it can be used much more!
Back in January, we mentioned how we needed to get some nice clothing for our daughter and we shared what we had bought her HERE. Well, we then needed to load our son up with nice clothing as well. Well, I found some rock bottom deals at Kohls with the clearance and coupon stacking to make the prices unbeatable. BUT…when I brought them home, they did not fit him…none of them. So I took them back to exchange them for the bigger size. Unfortunately, he is not longer in little boys, but in older boys and so the same style of clothing went up in price and was not on clearance like it was in the little boys section. So I just returned everything and left empty-handed and needed to figure out a way to get him nice clothing in his new sizes.
So I decided to check out ThredUp again and it was a total success again, the clothes (especially the suit and blazers) are in pretty much perfect condition besides just being gently used!! I can’t say that every piece of clothing is going to be exactly what you want, but I have not had a bad experience and was pleasantly surprised about just how great these clothes were. I have only heard one complaint about ThredUp and that was that someone said their clothing had a musty smell that they could not get rid of. But I have heard dozens and dozens of perfectly happy customers too. ThredUp only allows very nice and very gently used clothing to be in their online store.
Here’s what I bought our son:
- 1 complete Nautica Khaki colored suit for $27.99 with Suit Jacket and Dress Pants (the pants not pictured because they are in the laundry as he just wore them ;))
- 1 Black Blazer for $7.99
- 1 Navy Land’s End Blazer for $8.99
- 1 Van Huesen Dress Shirt for $4.99
- 1 Andrew Fezza Dress Shirt $5.99
- 4 Old Navy/Cherokee casual shirts for $3.99 – $5.99
- 1 Chaps Dress Pants for $8.99
The total was $84.90 and shipping is free with a $50 order. So this was all a super deal and now he is loaded on church clothes and nicer clothing for when needed. I have been able to get jeans, shorts, and various other very casual shirts for some incredibly low prices at Kohls and Children’s Place, but I couldn’t get very good deals on the nicer category of clothing!
This was a huge blessing and I bought sizes that were 1 size too big. I did this as he can wear slightly bigger clothing this year and then have another year or two to keep wearing the same clothes!
ThredUp is really a good option to go, especially for the higher priced types or brands or for specialty clothing. They do have thousands of gently used children’s clothes for every size on their site. As far as the prices go, I would say that the prices are obviously far below retail and comparable to higher end consignment or thrift stores. I often spend time in cheap thrift stores and can rarely find nice children’s clothing as it is picked through and the very worn stuff is usually left. So this was like a dream for me being able to do thrift store shopping, and search and look through exactly what I was looking for in the exact sizes and shop with ease too!
They also want you to give them a try by giving you a FREE $10 to spend on their site for trying them out! This is FANTASTIC news, especially if you are a family of 7 with 5 little kids like us who go through clothing so quickly (which is how we got hooked!)! This free $10 will make for some free clothing. It also will help to cover shipping, so if you find a lower priced item around $3-$4, you can walk away with paying nothing for a gently used high quality clothing item (like the example of these shirts below – there are thousands of options!)
Registration is easy and FREE. It is important that you verify your registration by checking your email immediately after and clicking on the link to verify your FREE membership and to get your free $10 credit to spend to and enjoy the freebies or really, really low clothing deals you can get!
Head to ThredUp HERE and register for a FREE $10 credit
We have also mentioned ThredUp as a tip to save that was featured in the July 2012 issue of ALL YOU magazine (pictured at the top)!
Also, you can share your referral link with your friends via email, Facebook, etc. and you will both be rewarded with credits! Just click on the “My Account” tab and then click on share to send your friends a $10 credit and get some credit yourself for doing so!
ThredUP is a great place to checkout for used kids clothes. Great stuff there.
New customers get 20% off their entire order with coupon code TAKE20
Every time I see ThredUp I cringe! They were the biggest rip off. I sent my excellent condition clothes to them and they took 2 items. These were all excellent like new pieces. It was the biggest waste of my time to send my stuff. I’m sure they have great clothes to buy, but I did not like the experience of sending my clothes to them. I just wanted to share so others can beware.
Hi Jennifer, I actually sent many clothes in as well to earn extra money. I am planning to write a post about it as I didn’t like my experience either. I felt like I was sending great condition clothing and they only accepted a few pieces as well. I even had a very nice pair of baby gap shoes that were practically brand new. They didn’t accept them as the logo was only the “G” on the shoes instead of the full Gap name (on the outside) and I called to explain that this was how they branded their baby shoes, with only the g on the outside. I was really disappointed. On the plus side, I love buying the clothes, especially knowing that they are super, duper picky about the clothing they accept and sell. I have never been disappointed on the purchasing side – but the selling side, I would have made more elsewhere. So I agree with the selling side. Watch for our article soon on our full experience this way! Thanks for your input too Jennifer!