Top Tips for Thrifting Kids’ Clothing

Kids grow so quickly, don’t they? If your children are outgrowing their clothes faster than you can keep up, thrift shopping can be a smart choice for your family. Not only is thrift shopping more budget-friendly than traditional retail stores, but it’s also more environmentally friendly. Thrifting for your kids is a win-win for you, your family, and the planet!

Ready to start shopping secondhand for your little ones? Here are some tips to make your next thrifting trip a success:

Little girl in back to school dress Goodwill

Great clothing for kids at Goodwill! 

Young girl in blue and yellow dress from Goodwill

Size up

Buying brand new clothes is expensive, especially when your child is only able to wear an outfit a few times before it no longer fits. Save money (and time!) by sizing up when you go thrift shopping. Even if an outfit is too large now, it will likely fit in a few months!

2 Child mannequins in dresses from Goodwill

Dresses for girls from Goodwill

2 Child mannequins dressed in boys' outfits

Boys’ outfits from Goodwill

Shop early for holidays

It’s smart to plan your kids’ outfits for holidays and special occasions like weddings well in advance. If you wait until the last minute, you may not find what you’re looking for! Get a head start by visiting your local Goodwill where you can find a great selection of kids’ clothing for every occasion. If you see something you like, consider getting it early — just be sure to plan ahead for any growth spurts!

Mix and match

The great thing about kids’ clothing is that there are no fashion “rules.” It’s particularly fun when young children start to show a personal style of their own! When you go thrift shopping for kids’ clothes, you can feel free to experiment with different prints and patterns. If you stick to one color palette, it can be a lot easier to mix and match and create multiple outfits from a handful of pieces. Because kids grow so quickly, you’ll often find many kids’ clothes in like-new or even “new with tags” condition at thrift stores!

2 child mannequins in coats from Goodwill

Kids’ coats and jackets from Goodwill

Stock up on staples

Everyone needs wardrobe staples, including kids. There’s no shortage of amazing deals on essentials like jeans, t-shirts, and jackets at your local Goodwill store! You can find these items (and more!) at a fraction of the price you’d pay when purchasing new. Plus, secondhand clothes make great play outfits. Instead of worrying about your child getting messy in a brand new outfit, you can let them do what they do best — play!

The beauty of thrift shopping is that when your child outgrows their current wardrobe, you can simply donate those clothes right back to Ohio Valley Goodwill. We offer an easy, sustainable, and responsible way to declutter unneeded items and benefit others in your community at the same time. Your donation and shopping support keeps our cycle of success in motion, helping people and our planet!

Mother and son sorting clothes in cardboard boxes to donate to Goodwill

Tidy up and donate to Goodwill!

Ohio Valley Goodwill is so much more than a thrift store in Cincinnati; we’re a non-profit on a mission to change lives through the power of work! Your donation and shopping support helps fund life-changing job training and employment services for individuals with disabilities and our nation’s veterans.

Best of all, thrift shopping at Goodwill is a great way to teach your kids the value of saving money, reducing and recycling, and helping others in their community. Head to your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill location today and enjoy shopping for your little ones!

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