Kids Resale Event: Yeah or Nah?


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I refuse to pay full price for anything. That’s why I scour the Internet for deals and especially love kids resale events. However, just because something is on sale doesn’t always mean it’s a good deal.

I’ve been to resale events and resale stores where I’ve picked up great deals. I’m talking onesie for $1 – $2, dresses for $3 and adorable boots for $5. The onesies came in especially handy when my youngest was a baby and spit up all over 10-12 times a day!

This past weekend, I stopped by a local Spring/Summer event. As I browsed through the racks of clothes, I was taken back by the prices. Gymboree leggings for $8, Children’s Place dresses for $10 and even dresses marked $15 and up. No way – those are crazy prices for used clothes! The whole point of going to a kids resale event is to get a good deal. When did people start overestimating the worth of their kids used clothes?

There are always sales going on for kids clothes at places like The Children’s Place, Gymboree, Old Navy, Gap, Target, Kohl’s, etc.  Why would I pay the same price or even more for used clothes? In fact, I just ordered a romper and dress from Children’s Place for my daughter and paid under $7 for each new item, plus free shipping.

  • The Children’s Place: Currently, the entire store is 60% off, plus free shipping.
  • Gymboree: Shop now for 30% off new styles, $10 t-shirts and $15 swimsuits, plus you can use your 20% off coupon.
  • Old Navy: Girls dresses are on sale starting at $8.50 and shorts for under $10.
  • Gap: Kids sale styles starting at $8 and you will get an additional 20% off.
  • Target: Toddler and Girls dresses are buy one, get one 50% off.
  • Kohl’s: Toddler and Girls dresses starting at $10 and shorts starting at $7. Plus, you can always stack coupons at Kohl’s and earn Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent.

Keep in mind that sales online sometimes differ from in-store. For instance, the romper and dress I ordered online from Children’s Place, were almost double the price in-store. However, the saleswoman told me if I pulled up the online item and showed her the price they can price match. Always check out RetailMeNot and Ebates too for extra discounts.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still patron my favorite resale shops and swing by kids resale events. I was recently at Goodwill and found a 100% cashmere sweater for my seven-year-old for $2. It was in perfect condition, but I am guessing it was an adult sweater that someone threw in the dryer. In any case, it is super soft and looks great on my daughter. However, if I see used items priced more than new items, I’ll keep walking.

What have your recent experiences been with kids resale events?


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