Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dress Your Baby in Style AND On A Budget (My Guide to Thrifting!)

Before Brian and I became parents, I was that girl who would stop in the baby clothes section of Target and squeal. The tiny chambray shirts and polka-dotted dresses just melted my heart! It wasn't long before I could picture our future child sportin' some jeggings and a cardigan, and maybe a faux-hawk. (Insert eye rolls from all of my readers right

I realized quickly that if I wanted to dress my kiddo in my favorite fashions, but do so on a full-time-ministry budget, I would not be able to buy everything brand new. Let me rephrase that. I would not be able to buy most things brand new. 

So the world of baby thrifting began! 

Here are a few of my favorite thrifted items, and then share a few quick notes about thrifting for your baby:

None of these items were more than $3 a piece, excluding the snowsuit & jacket
Highlights: Polo shoes - $1. Baby Gap hat - $1. Snowsuit & Jacket - $20 total.
Bow-tie - made from a $0.50 thrifted tie (tutorial HERE).
Highlights: Baby Gap vest - $2. Ralph Lauren tee - $2.50.

Highlights: Vest - $2. Baby Gap Jacket - $2. Sweater - $2.50.

Still not convinced that thrifting your baby clothes is the way to go?

If I had bought each of these pictured items at full price, I would have spent upwards of $200. I spent less than $60. (And this isn't even half of the thrifted items I have for Nicholas.) I've found thrifted Carters, Ralph Lauren, Baby Gap, Old Navy, Target, Izod, Lacoste, H&M, and more.

Bam. Now you're convinced.

Ok, here's a few things to consider about thrifting your kiddo's clothes:

1. Babies grow out of their clothes in a month or two, so the amount of wear is minimal. Therefore, second hand baby clothes are often in great condition. 

2. Many thrift stores offer a once a week deal for all kids clothes (like 50% off Wednesday's at my local thrift store). 

3. Garage sales are a GREAT place to find clothes in various sizes.

4. If clothes get ruined/stained (and believe me, they will) - you only spent $5 on your kid's whole outfit. So you don't have to cry over ruining a $30 pair of baby jeggings.

5. If you thrift the majority of your baby's clothes, you are able to "splurge" on an adorable item or two every few months, seeing as you have used your money wisely. (Like Nicholas' jean jacket :) )

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Finally I'll add that I didn't come up with all of these items in one trip to the thrift store. I usually find 1 to 4 pieces that I like each trip, but all the little items add up to a unique wardrobe!

If you are patient and keep an eye out for a few pieces each time you stop by the thrift store, you can come up with a fun little wardrobe for your favorite tiny person, and still give them the style that you desire.

If you have any questions about thrifting baby clothes, let me know!

What is one of the best deals you've encountered while thrifting for your kid's clothes? (My best deal would have to be getting Nicholas' Baby Gap jacket & vest, and Ralph Lauren shoes for a total of $6!

  If you aren't much of a thrift shopper, did I convince you to give it a try? :)

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  1. I don't have any littles yet, but this was a great post! Such great finds! I love thrifting! I never thought about thrifting for my baby though, will definitely go that route after this! Thanks!

  2. I love thrifting! Our Salvation Army has 29 cent day, and everything with a certain color price tag is only 29 cents! I've found some awesome, name-brand items, even coats!

    We also shop clearance sales and stock up in multiple sizes when we find a really good deal. With triplets you have to! :)

  3. I cant wait to start thrifting for baby Hart! My sister lives in Dallas and scores the most amazing designer and smocked clothing for her daughter for pennies!! She says even Target is too expensive for her now haha!

  4. all thingz i ware r from thrift stor. so fun like treasure find them. i fel like jak sporrow

  5. In our areas Children's Clothing Consignment sales are a really big deal. I shopped a consignment sale for our little girl before she was born and I would look really carefully at each item to make sure it was in good condition, and mostly would only buy name brand pieces. I spent less than $100 and she has a TON of clothes for the entire fall/winter season.

    I'm headed to the spring sale this weekend!!

  6. Love it! I'm allll about thrifting my kids clothes, and mine too! Early on, I made a rule never to spend more than $5 on a piece of clothes until the kids were over age 2 (because after 2T i find quality kids clothes harder to find second hand). So far, it's worked! And I still keep the rule, but now with my girlie in 3T I just shop clearence racks and usually get similar prices!

  7. I AM that girl that you once were AND I so love his little grin. It makes me swoon! ;)

  8. I love walking past the sections of the store with the cute little mini dresses and outfits for babies, but I know when we do have kids, I'll definitely be going into practical mode and borrowing hand-me-downs from friends and relatives, and, like you mentioned, going to thrift stores as well!

  9. I love this post! I was really surprised at the great condition little kids clothes are in at thrift stores! We had a great thrift nearby when my oldest was a baby and #3 is still wearing my favorite finds!

    Thanks for linking up with us!

  10. oh gosh he is just so cute and styley!


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