Managing a child’s wardrobe can be quite an effort sometimes, and if you have more than one child – whoa, then it becomes a big job!
There are a few ways to manage a child’s wardrobe while still being green and frugal (yay!).
Keep a list in your purse in a notebook of what your child has in their wardrobe and what you need now and for the next season.
You can pull out the notebook when you are in an op-shop, market, when someone has some clothes to give away, or when you are driving and see a garage sale.
You never know what you will get at those places but being prepared and knowing what you need will save you time and headaches!
If you prefer to work via the cloud, you could keep notes in Evernote App on your iPhone or smart phone.
Also keeping the information in your email or an easily accessible document in a program such as Evernote, allows you to send off your list to friends and family if they are looking for birthday and Christmas gifts for the kids.
Online Pre-loved Clothing Stores
If you don’t have access to op-shops or the ones near your home just don’t have what you need, you should try shopping online for pre-loved clothes.
There is of course ebay shopping, that we all know and use (I tend to go through phases of loving eBay, then hating it!) but there are other sites that are slowly growing in size.
2nd Life: “Quality second hand clothing for babies and kids”
Preloved Kidswear: “The home of quality kids clothes, both preloved and new with tags, that anyone can afford.”
Charlipop Kids: “The Preloved store presents a fabulous range of gently worn and even new garments with a high number of designer brands represented.”
A few others
This is an old trick that many mothers before us have used… it is ALTERING! This is going to be your best friend if you have more than one child.
Pajamas, and winter clothing can be altered in size by simply adding some contrasting fabric to the sleeves or on the bottom hem. Girls dresses and skirts can be lengthened easily this way. This will extend the life of the piece of clothing for at least one more year!
A lot of clothing such as pants, skirts, dresses, and shorts can be purchased one size too big and you simply take them up and then change the hems as your children grow. My childhood school uniform was 2 times too big and my mother would adjust the hems each year as I grew.
What do you do with your children? Are you a re-hemmer or add fabric?