Back To School Clothes: Buy Used!
As we hit the back to school season, the pressure is on to find that elusive balance between budget and what your kids actually want to wear! I know some moms who pay no heed to the latter and are all about keeping the spending down! This is where we come in. 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, 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 worry of it falling apart. Used kids’ clothes and backpacks can be found on any of our UsedEverywhere.com sites. If your kid has a hard time using the same backpack for more than one year because let’s face it, it’s not particularly trendy, then resell!
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 usually 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, which is of course, another handy hint when buying back to school attire!
The same is true of jeans, kids grow fast and jeans are durable, though do tend to wear through at the knee with hard play. When it comes to 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.
Used just for a few months of the year, and forever being grown out of, 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 80s print and so you can resell it. Just like jeans, 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 up, don’t pass them up. For instance, check out these amazing kids’ runners on UsedOttawa.com. Often people buy shoes that just don’t get worn – we’ve all been there!
It’s true that some kids are afraid of used kids’ 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 UsedEverywhere.com site. Our sites are moderated, so completely family friendly, but of course adult supervision is essential for correspondence and item pick up.
For a guide to other back to school essentials you can buy used, read our blog feature: Back to School Essentials: Buy Used!
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