Used Baby Clothing
Remember that adorable outfit you bought for your newborn - the one
that cost you nearly $40, and got worn three times before it no longer
fit? For such tiny things, baby clothing is expensive - and as fast
as babies grow, they seldom see much wear. For parents on a budget,
those are potent arguments for cutting costs where you can when dressing
Designer duds for baby DO make sense though - and by designer, I mean
the elite in the baby design field: OshKosh and Baby B'Gosh, Carters,
Sweat Pea and other top-of-the-line baby clothing manufacturers. They
concentrate on the little details that cheap clothing manufacturers
skimp on - little details that make a major difference in fit, appearance
and comfort. You want to take advantage of nice, flat seams that don't
irritate, and nylon snaps that don't scratch or pull through fabric.
But you don't want to pay $30 for a sleeper!
The answer is shopping around for gently worn using baby clothes and
checking with friends and relatives for outgrown hand-me-downs. Yard
sales are a great source in the spring and summer months. You'll often
find great clothes that are barely worn in sizes for the next couple
of years. Check the newspaper for upcoming yard sales - baby clothes
are often one of the advertised items.
Another great place to buy designer baby clothes at rock-bottom prices
is a good consignment shop. Strike up a relationship with the owner,
and she may even put aside items that she knows you'll love and give
you a call to let you know what she's got. In addition, you can often
sell the same baby clothes BACK, or trade them in on the next size up
when baby outgrows them.
How about a place to get gently used baby clothing for the cost of the
gas to go pick them up? Freecycle.org is a national movement of community
bulletin boards who are committed to the concept of 'one man's junk'.
Check www.freecycle.org to see if there's a chapter near you, and join
up. Seldom a day goes by that someone doesn't offer a few bags of baby
and children's clothing in various sizes. The quality varies, but the
younger the baby, the more likely that the clothing is still in excellent
Don't overlook church and community thrift shops as sources of good,
well-cared for baby clothing. If there's a Junior League thrift shop
in your city, you'll find beautiful clothing for baby at bargain basement
When you do pick up used clothing for baby, launder it as soon as you
get it home. Pretreat stains if there are any, and wash with a gentle
laundry soap meant for baby. Add borax to the water for extra whitening
power, and be sure to rinse at least twice if you use bleach. By the
time you're done, you'll have one of the best-dressed babies in town
- without breaking your piggy bank.
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