Thrifting is one of those polarizing activities. Most either love it, or hate it. Find joy in the hunt, or can’t take the “old smell”. No matter where your stance is on the matter, you can’t ignore that there are some great deals to be had, and treasures to be unearthed. We are no experts, but it is fun! Here are our tips for thrifting for kids, things that have helped our hunt, and a little show and tell of two complete outfits that totaled $5 each.
1. There’s vintage and then there’s just old… Healthtex, Carter’s, and Rustler, are all brands that seem to age well. With big box stores’ unbeatable prices, thrifting isn’t always the best option if you’re short on cash anymore. So now, it’s all about finding those one-of-a-kind pieces, or those somehow never-been-worn gems that you won’t ever find down the mile long aisles at your local chain.
2. Shop out of season. You can usually guess what size your kiddo will be at any given time. So if you’re shopping in May, hunt for coats, jackets, snow suits, in the next size up. No one else is really looking for those things, and that is where the best finds usually come from.
3. Think outside the box. Easy alterations can turn outdated items fresh again. A super flared pair of brown trousers with embroidered flowers around the bottom cut off at the knee makes for darling cut-off shorts (see above.) Too short long sleeves seam-ripped at the shoulder make for great tank tops.
4. Bleach is your friend. There are so many great classic sneakers, Converse, Vans, Keds, etc. that were in great condition (pre-walker sizes are usually in like-new condition) but just dirty. Throw them in with some heavy duty soap and color safe bleach once or twice and they seriously look new. (This tip goes for toys, too.)
5. You can buy new shoelaces for $1. This seems obvious, but passing up some pretty cool shoes and boots just because their laces were worn out, or were simply the wrong look is an easy fix. This goes for girls and boys shoes, perfectly lovely brown suede boots with once glittery pink laces now look great for a boy with a new pair of neon and vice versa.
We won’t even get started on the unbelievable pieces we’ve seen on our littlest girl friends: dresses, rompers, mary-jane leather shoes. We are pro-thrift, what about you? Any good tips to add, we’d love to hear!