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Do you use 2nd had clothes? Do you buy mostly brand new?
My view over the last few yours has changed.I used to ONLY buy new clothes that Hardly ever made it to Hand me downs.
However the last few yrs I really started to see the HUGE HUGE amount of material/energy waste we were creating in just clothing not suitable for reuse.
Then I realized all the energy/materials/resources that went into making the new clothes ( we are a Green family for the most part )
I don't know about you guys but living outside playing most days my kids trash their clothes both at home and climbing trees/field sports at school and eventually need to be discarded. I have seen NO difference in longevity from new to used in kid endurance. It makes more sense to me to discard something I Reused rather something that was brand new. Such a HUGE waste of resources I felt.
So it took some effort and changing of my comfort zone and a new mind set for the kids but now we use mostly used clothing with exception of underwear/shoes/socks/bra/bathing suits stuff like that.
I still am fussy and shop high end and consignment clothing used clothing. I always have couple new outfits starting school for the kids and randomly pick up new stuff through the month.
We get our water directly from the river 50ft from back door and that waters all my food gardens/animals so I have to be careful because anything we do in the house/on the land literally will be recycled right back into our food.
So if I seam a little over the top on being green you know why LOLOL.
Irene Mom to 9 and ttcing #10
Married to my best friend 23 yrs!
5 Girls and 4 Boys
9 First Trimester Angels
Elija 17w Angel
Angel 17w Angel
We try to do second-hand through a consignment shop. However, we also bargain shop. The girls know I don't buy anything if it's not on sale. My oldest is really good at it! She quickly discovered that she gets more items if she watches the prices.
And, at holidays, it's new clothes. Play clothes are definitely something I don't mind getting second hand.
Mommy to Jasmine (18), Kirsten (14), Ana (13), Katie (3), Xavier (1), and Gunnar (born 10-15-14)
when my kids were young, i bought new but also saved and passed down through my 3 boys. my daughter had all hand-me-downs for the first few years of her life because i had a great friend that bought beautiful things for her daughter and shared with me.
now i find that buying used (especially big outdoor toys) is a great cost effective way to shop for my grandkids and i would not buy that stuff new probably ever again.
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I thrift store shop and the kids look like fashion models...LOL. My older sons wear more name brands then most kids because we buy second hand. We are picky and shop careful. My 15 yo son, and 9 yo dd, are great bargain hunters!
I hardly buy anything at thrift stores, but I am a deal hunter and find most everything on sale. My older kids actually get a lot of clothes for my much younger sister, she is a trendy city girl (and her and her husband both make really good money and it's just the 2 of them) so she gives them great stuff that's basically brand new.
I look for deals at thrift stores and garage sales. I also go on those buy/sell sites and have gotten some great deals. My younger son wears my older son's hand me downs. And whatever is still in good shape I have put away for my youngest son to wear eventually.
I do buy new stuff when its on clearance as my kids like some of the name brands. And I buy new stuff for holidays.
I buy new only because I can find new clothes for the same price as thrift store ones in our area. The thrift store wants $4-$5 an item, and a lot of the stuff honestly is junk. For that price I can go to Kohl's and buy store brand kids' clothes or else a lot of other places on sale.
When they were babies I got a lot of handy me downs and yard sale finds, but I haven't had as much luck as they've gotten older. I do have three girls, so I can pass things down that way at least.
My oldest sons get mostly new because it is harder to find used clothes in their size. I don't mind though, we have 5 boys that will go through those clothes. We clothing share with several other large families and that works out well. Occasionally I will buy my girls new matching outfits because they get a kick out of dressing the same.
Alison - Mom to: Emmeline (7/14), Augustus (2) Maximus (4) Eleanor (5) Reid (6) Evelyn (8) Lucas (13) Christopher (14)
I do both. BUT I love second hand shopping... I buy all the name brands and all of them are like new.. such a bargin. I love saving money.. I would never put my kids in any clothes that at stained or mouldy.. or 2nd hand undies or socks.. but im happy to get second hand stuff thats like new : )
Another combination here. I used to do all consignment shops unless there was a particular piece of clothing they needed for school or a scout troop then we bought new. Now that they are older we shop a teen/young adult thrift store that only carries particular name brands (Abercombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Aeropostale, etc). I also buy clearance "constantly" ... the kids know, if it costs over a certain price I won't buy it (unless it is a needed item that we can't work around - which is rare). I've learned how to take advantage of certain sales at places I would never go - buy certain price and lower items, earn "cash" rewards + discounts on our next shopping trip, go back and get more things with that and keep the carosel going like that - getting a bunch of stuff free. I hate shopping so this is huge for me to figure things like this out - it's what keeps me sane lol