TIPS Five Ways to Make Money From Kids' Old Clothes


Bronze Wordsmith
Apr 16, 2018

Kids have a way of outgrowing their It seems like only yesterday when you excitedly bought up half the items in your favorite baby clothes catalogue - and today, only a couple of them still fit your not-so-little one. They say kids’ clothes are some of the most fleeting purchases you will ever make in your life, but they just look so gosh-darned cute in them that you can’t help but buy more!

You can give gently-used children’s clothing as hand-me-downs to younger offspring or to your friends’ kids. There is, however, a more financially-rewarding option: resell them. The important thing is to inspect the items of clothing for quality and flaws - you wouldn’t want other kids to look like they are dressed in rags, would you? Then you must price accordingly, because even if you sell designer items, the fact is they are still used goods (albeit in good condition).

Today, just about anything pre-owned but in great condition can be resold, all in the name of practicality, recycling, extra income, and reducing carbon footprint. Below are five tried-and-tested ways to do this.

1. Join a community yard sale

If you live in a neighborhood with other parents, chances are they share the same dilemma of having too many items of clothing that their kids have outgrown. You can either organize a kids clothing swap meet to trade clothes according to fit, gender, and style, or have a specialized community yard sale to sell your wares. Hang the clothes up to show off their quality and design, or fold them neatly for added appeal.

2. Sell them on

Swap is an online thrift store that claims to “live for the thrill of finding something unique” and values the concept of reusing. If you want to sell your kids’ old clothes using their consignment platform, you must first pass their acceptance criteria. Their rules aren’t unreasonably stringent - not by a long shot. You just need to meet practical requirements like no excessive fading of the fabric, all zippers and buttons must be complete and in good working order, and clothes have to be freshly washed before being shipped to them.


3. Start an Instagram account for it

No longer just a repository for selfies and photogenic meals, Instagrammers are now using hashtags to look for items or to sell their wares. You can put up a separate account just for selling your kids’ clothes as soon as they’ve outgrown them, have a catchy IG name, describe the quality and condition in detail, then hashtag away!

A special note, though: Instagram has no official marketplace yet (go to Facebook for that), but sellers often have creative ways to get people to bid and buy what they’re selling. Transactions are usually done via direct messaging, but take extra care when giving your personal info and make sure would-be purchasers are legit.


4. Visit Once Upon a Child

The somewhat wistful and whimsical site name belies its very practical purpose, which is to buy gently-used clothing for preemie sizes to kids’ size 20. The website exists merely to give information on what Once Upon a Child is willing to buy, which include used kids’ clothes, toys, furniture, books, and games. They also have helpful selling tips as well as a list of preferred brands. Then you need to find a store location near you, contact them if you want to bring the clothes for appraisal (they prefer neatly folded clothes, no hangers), and once approved, they claim to pay on the spot.


5. Go to eBay

Ebay is perhaps the most practical go-to e-commerce site to sell gently-used baby and kids’ clothing because there’s already a market for them there. It’s also a great reference when it comes to pricing your wares. Click on the link below to compare the price tags on used baby clothes.


The verdict?

Based on the staggering number of children’s clothes shops (whether brick and mortar ones or online), there really is a market for them - even for used ones. Ebay is always a good bet with its wide reach and even wider array of stuff for sale. Online consignment stores are also great ways to resell, and a quick look at their websites for customer testimonials and contact information can confirm if they’re legit or not.

Your turn!

Have you ever had to sell some of your kids’ old clothing for extra cash? If you have unique suggestions on how to go about it, please let us know - we’d love to hear all about them!
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Janine F Warren

Sep 21, 2018
I tried to make money from my kid’s old clothes! its very easy to use wich is why i find it strange that a lot of people complain about it in forums. One friend even went as far as to say she was ripped off by the site but it turns out she didnt read the information about boxing and shipping charges and even i who dont like to read that much know that lol!

Anyhoo so overall my experience with them had been good in the past but i noticed i cant set my own prices on my items anymore and seller fees went up :( oh well it was fun while it lasted and it did help me make money from my son’s clothes wich he seems to outgrow real quick.

Now i am trying out thredup wich was recommebded by another forum poster on here and i gotta say i like it much better!!! They pay me fairly and have good costumer service wich i always like because i have so many questions about this kind of selling platform and they are always so patient with me! I love second hand shops because i am trying to lessen buying more stuff and recycling more stuff this just really appeals to me and im always happy thinking that someone else will be wearing my baby’s gently used baby clothing and making them happy in turn :)
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Jun 14, 2018
+1 on thredUp as a way to make money from kids’ old clothes! I’ve been using this site since my kids started shooting up like bamboo stalks and leaving a lot of hardly-used and brand new baby clothes in their wake! At first, I didn’t know what to do with them or how to sell them, but I’m glad another mommy recommended thredUp to me. From that moment on, I’ve come to rely on them both for selling and buying clothes.

I know there are a lot of other clothing consignment platforms out there, but thredUp has consistently given me good service and customer support. Maybe that’s why they have a BBB rating of A+, aside from the quality clothes they put up for resale! The way they offer the clothes in a virtual thrift shop arrangement is they carefully curate them so potential buyers won’t have a hard time finding stuff they like and can use. They even have clothes that are considered “new with tags” so if you’re thinking of buying someone clothes that look brand new (no cheap knockoffs here), why not shop here instead?

For those on a budget, thredUP also has a “thrift now, pay later” program! It allows members to make monthly installment over three months at zero interest. I love that the company does this - clothing people with quality garments and making sure the price is something that won’t burn a hole in their pockets. It helps the environment to not always buy brand-new, so online thrifting is always a great ecological consideration for all of us!
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Jun 13, 2018
This is an awesome thread full of great tips for making money by selling kids’ old clothes (I was about to write “making money by selling old kids’ clothes” and that’s an entirely different thing altogether, lol!)

When my first child started to outgrow her clothes, she did so at a staggering rate. I mean, the hubby and I were super glad she was growing fast, but man, did we spend a lot of money on new clothes during those first few years, lol. Now that’s she’s older, she’s still outgrowing her clothes, but not as fast as a few years back.

Pants and shirt are usually the first pieces of clothing she outgrows, followed by shoes. Since we frequently have to buy replacements, it’s nice that this thread has taught us how to sell off her old clothes. At least we were able to offset the cost of all these clothes through the years.

Among the methods listed in this thread, yard sales are surprisingly effective. Even now, with sites like Craigslist and eBay and Facebook being popular online selling platforms, we still make good sales in old fashioned yard sales – most of our sales are impulse buys.

Fred W

Jun 14, 2018
Believe me, my wife and I tried lots of ways to make money from kids’ old clothes. Most of the time, we failed miserably. We tried a lot of the things you mentioned here - from trying to sell them in community yard sales to e-commerce platforms, all the way to taking nice pictures of their clothes (we draw the line at posting pics of our kids online) to show their quality and style on our respective social media accounts. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of takers for used clothing for...I’m really not sure what the reasons are but here are my guesses. Thrifting and buying vintage seems to be a big thing for adults and teenagers, but understandably, when it comes to very young kids, parents and guardians would want them to be brand new and in hygienic packaging.

So what we do so our kids’ barely used clothing won’t go to waste is to donate them to neighbors with young children or start a community drive so we can have enough to donate to the local orphanage. The kids there hardly have anything wearable, and these charities’ budgets typically don’t cover clothing - only the basics like food, milk, and medicine. So while it is not profitable for us, it makes us feel better not to throw away high-quality clothing that other kids can benefit from.