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08-29-2007, 09:04 AM #1
Hand-me-down baby clothes
I have a little girl who just turned 1 this month. All my friends have
boys, and seem to be connected to people who give them many hand-me-
down clothes for their children. One of my friends gets virtually all
of her son's clothes from one acquaintance (whose son is slightly
older), only having to buy things like socks and shoes. I have tried
to casually put the word out that I'm looking for someone who wants to
pass on their little girl's clothes, but to no avail yet. I of course
shop at a local consignment shop, but a pair of pants or sweater can
run up to $7. I haven't been able to go to yard sales due to my
schedule, and other people seem to snatch up the toddler clothes on
Freecycle before I can. Any other ideas on how to locate someone who
would be happy to get rid of kid's clothes they no longer need? I'm in
a suburb of Boston.
08-29-2007, 09:05 AM #2
Hi. I just wanted to let you know that EBay is a great place to get little girls clothes. I just got 4 outfits and 2 dresses on ebay for $25 including shipping. You can find a lot of Gymboree and other high priced clothes for cheaper than you can get them at even Goodwill. Patti
08-29-2007, 09:06 AM #3
Hi......check out Bidville.com or Ubid.com ....... it is alot like Ebay but I have found the prices to be better.
08-29-2007, 09:06 AM #4
I agree with ebay, I just bought my daughter a beautiful winter coat for including shipping, You can take your child's clothes that they out grew and resale them on ebay and turn the money around to buy more. Works GREAT for me!
08-29-2007, 11:15 AM #5
Could you post on freecycle that you are looking for someone that has hand
me down's? Kind of get a jump on it before people post and maybe get
connected to someone that will keep emailing you in the future about hand me
down's rather than post them. Also, Boston has an active Craig's list. I
got an awesome double stroller off of it last year. They won't be free but
you can probably get some lots pretty cheaply.
08-29-2007, 11:15 AM #6
Do you have a Goodwill or a thrift store near you? They are a really great place to get deals. That is where I get my 3 boys clothes (ages 6, 2, & 9 months). They usually have sales a lot, too. The Goodwill's in TN have a daily special and occasionaly a 50%
off day. I find great clothes and most are name brands. Make sure you look over the clothes because every now and then one will have a tear or stain.
Also, have you tried asking for clothes on Freecycle? I do that to especially when I need something. Hope this gives you some ideas.
08-29-2007, 11:16 AM #7
do you or hubby have any coworkers with little girls a
year or so older than yours that you might be able to
share with? or maybe some of your friends might know
someone who has a girl that they would be able to
introduce you to?
just some quick ideas off the top of my head.
08-29-2007, 11:17 AM #8
Happy b-day to your little one. Have you checked into the freecycle group in your area. They are a wonderful group and you can clean out your place and even get things that you need. Give it a thought. Our group here is wonderful and helpful in so many ways. Good luck. Brandy h
08-29-2007, 11:17 AM #9
I have found second hand clothes mostly from neighbors and friends at church, however if you go to Yahoo groups you may be able to find a mommy group in your area. I live a smaller city and we have two or three. Join and make friends with other moms. We often trade items or pass on items. I have a 15mth old daughter. I bought here birthday dress on Ebay for $8 including shipping and handling. Try to save on other things like diapers and stuff by buying online too. Amazon has free shipping so you don't even have to go to the store and pick them up. Ebay has been my friend since I became a mommy for little items, sippy cups, clothes, diapers. (Light weight-less shipping) But seriously find a baby consignment shop, not a chain place just a little mom and pop. Remember from 6-18 mths they are always getting food everywhere and playing in the dirt so don't worry about clothes with stains. My daughter wore onesies until she learned to walk, except for church and family visits. Get one or two nice things for those. Don't worry about shoes and socks except what she'll need for winter. She won't need them till she starts walking. There is a great deal babies don't need. I found the hardest thing to come by were pant sets and short sets, but I figure she's a girl dresses are great, makes changing diapers 100% easier. Good luck hope this helps. -Jessica
08-29-2007, 11:18 AM #10
Post specifically asking for girls clothes on freecycle. You are
perfectly allowed to ask for items, and it might get you in touch
with someone who has clothes to give you without having to deal with
being "first in line".
Ask friends and family if they know of anyone who might have hand me
downs in girls items, without being subtle. Just point out
say, "Hey, I was wondering.. do you know anyone who has a girl who
might have some hand me down's we could use for our daughter?"
We went through that with our son. He's the first boy in his
generation to be born on either side of the family. Still is the
only boy, actually, so hand me downs were non-exsistant. Back then,
there was no Freecycle, either (He's almost 8 now). My husband's
aunt had a co-worker with a little boy about a year older, though,
and after I asked around, i ended up with 3 large garbage bags of
clothes for him. I took out what I could use (some was too small
already, some was horribly stained, etc), and passed on anything I
Your friend's sister might have an in-law, for instance, with little
girls. Or your co-workers brother might have little girls. Hit
places like Good Will & Salvation army. It's a lot cheaper than
going to consignment shops, because there's no middle man. You
aren't paying both the owner of the shop and the owner of the
clothes. You might not find as much really nice stuff, but the way
kids grow, finding cheap clothes is always a bonus.
08-29-2007, 11:18 AM #11
On freecycle, put out a "wanted" post for that size clothes. If you make a connection, you won't have to beat anyone out. Also, it might be an opportunity to make a connection for future clothes.
08-29-2007, 11:19 AM #12
WHere I live, some churches have "clothes closets" where you can go to request items that you need, even furniture and appliances. Also, When my three daughters were little (we had three babies in 13 months - a LOT of baby clothes needed!) I found I could always find dresses. Other people used them for dressier times, and didn't wear them out, so my girls wore dresses a lot. Once you get in contact with people, they will continue to call you for years to come. I always took anything anyone wanted to give me, even if I didn't need it, so they would continue to call. I just found a home for what we couldn't use. Good Luck! - Cynthia
08-29-2007, 11:20 AM #13
I got a huge lot of clothes for my baby boy on eBay. They did not cost a whole lot. Shipping can be a bit much, depending on where they come from, but the cost savings on buying those little clothes is amazing if you shop carefully.
08-29-2007, 11:20 AM #14
I was going to suggest Freecycle, but I see you've already thought of
that. In my local Freecycle, you can post a "WANT" then people will
get in touch with you when they have clothes that they want to get
rid of. Have you tried that?
02-15-2009, 06:42 AM #15
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I was just reading my new Real Simple magazine and there was some saving money tips in it they mentioned a site called handmedowns I did check it out and seems like a great way to get little one's things (my kids are too old for those things) but they did have more than just clothes. Hope it helps.
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