Buying used kids’ clothes: back to school tips
As we hit the back to school season, the pressure is on to find that elusive balance between sticking to a budget and what your kids actually want to wear. Finding gently used kids’ clothes is one way to keep the back to school budget down. That said, here is our guide for back to school clothing essentials you can buy used, without forsaking style.
Backpacks and bags
There are backpacks brands on the market, such as Mountain Equipment Co-op and Herschel, that are timeless in their quality. These are the ones you are going to come across used as they stand the test of time. With a good backpack, your child should be able to use it through the years without the worry of it falling apart. Used kids’ clothes and backpacks can be found on your local Used.ca site. Search by brand name if your young one just has to have a certain label.
Short sleeve t-shirts
It’s the norm’ for children to wear through the sleeves of long-sleeve shirts (near the wrist part of the arm), but you can get away with buying short-sleeved shirts when it comes to used kids’ clothes. And, as we all know, kids grow so quickly that they’re not usually in these tees for longer than a few months unless you buy big to begin with.
When it comes to buying used kids’ clothes, jeans are probably the number one garment to search for. Luckily kids’ jeans, unlike adults, tend to stick with a similar style as trends come and go, so those straight up and down jeans from 2010 are going to look as good now as they did then. These can also be fun DIY projects. Add your own personality by ripping or adding embellishments. But I hear bedazzling isn’t “cool.”
Used just for a few months of the year and forever being outgrown, when it comes to buying used kids’ clothes, winter coats should also be at the top of the list. Look for classics in plain block colours or simple coloured patterns so that your kids don’t faint at the sight of an early ’80’s print and so you can resell it. Just like jeans, kids’ winter coats are usually timeless.
The truth of the matter is that children go through shoes like water. It’s often a matter of feet growing quickly or a lot of playground love. However, when you do find a great pair of used children’s shoes online, especially if they are a size bigger than you need, don’t pass them up. Often people buy shoes that just don’t get worn.
It’s true that some kids are afraid of secondhand clothes and others don’t even raise an eyebrow at the thought of hand-me-downs. If you are concerned about convincing your teenager to wear used, our top tip is to let them play with their own budget. Give them an amount of money and ask them, with your supervision, to find their goodies on your local Used.ca site. Our sites are moderated and completely family-friendly, but of course adult supervision is essential for correspondence and item pick up. They might be surprised how far their money goes.
For a guide to other back to school essentials you can buy used, read our blog feature: Back to school essentials: buy used!