How To Garage Sale for Stylish and Name Brand Kid’s Clothes
Mase and Jack are 3 and 4.5 and I can safely say that I have bought at least 90% of their clothes from Garage Sales and they are almost always wearing “name brands”. No… I am not a “name brand” snob, but they sure are cute and most of the times I think name brands hold up best! So today I am sharing my tips on How To Garage Sale for Stylish and Name Brand Kid’s Clothes.
- Shop in the nicest “family” neighborhoods. Neighborhoods that are young enough to still have kids, but fancy enough that they are paying for name brands!
- When you arrive at a sale, ask if they have the gender and sizes you are looking for. I have saved myself from digging through bins of the wrong size many times.
- Bring a list of what you have and what you need. You will save yourself from buying duplicates. Or ending up with 20 t-shirts and no sweatshirts.Yep…learned that one last year.
- Don’t forget about shoes!
- Buy a few too big and build a stockpile. By shopping ahead I am able to be picky and only choose the best. I’m rarely in “need” of an item forcing me to pay more or pay retail *gasp*.
- Inspect your items well and skip anything that’s faded, stained, or torn. It’s already been worn by at least one kid and in my case has to make it through two more. If I’m starting with faded clothing it will only get worse. It also keeps their wardrobe from looking, “second-hand”… even though I’m telling you now. (cat was never really in the bag anyways).
- Don’t pay more than $1.50 per item. Ever. The only things even worth $1.50 are sweatshirts, coats, and jeans. I’d say $1 or less on everything else.
- If items are priced high politely ask, “typically I pay $X for Y, would you be willing to go down to that?” Otherwise if you have a stack of clothes offer a set price for the stack… “would you take $10 for these??? (for approximately 10ish items)”
- If you find a jackpot sale (right sizes, brands, and price) ask if they would e-mail, text, or call you next time they have some stuff to get rid of or when they have their next sale. Definitely remember that sale during the next year’s sales!
- Go often, check out lots of sales. You’ve got to kiss a lot of frogs… or go to a lot of bad sales. I’ve probably been to 40+ sales this year and have only bought clothes at 4 of them.