3 Tips for Shopping at a Second Hand Children’s Store

More and more people give pre-loved children’s clothes a second chance to live for a good cause. High-quality items are sold at cheaper prices, but by purchasing second-hand, we keep fashionable clothes out of the landfill.

If you’re new to the art of thrift shopping, be warned: looking for pre-loved children’s clothing finds can be tiring and daunting. 

The benefits, however, outweigh the obstacles, and by following some of our tips, you can walk away with exclusive threads at meager prices. Read on to learn more.

3 Tips for Shopping at a Second Hand Children's Store


Buy Quality Brands & Shop Wisely 

The better the piece of clothing is, the longer it lasts. Don’t fool yourself with fake designer labels. Purchase anything for you if you like it. Just that it’s got a fancy sticker in it. 

The whole thing about false labels isn’t really a concern when you’re shopping in overstock stores, like TJ Maxx or Marshalls, or at most thrift shops, but you need to be on your guard when shopping antique and freight shops. 

It’s easy for someone to take an old dress, put a fake designer label on it, and then charge 10 times what it’s actually worth. It’s up to you to look at the details and finish figuring out whether you’re going to get a real deal or a fake one.

Stick the baby’s clothing to bits with straight lines and traditional shapes. And, when you’re shopping for second-hand clothing, you still don’t want your kid to feel like they’re wearing old clothing. The more streamlined the piece, the more modern it looks.

Haggle, But Make Sure You’re Nice

If you’re going to haggle or ask for some sort of discount, make sure you’re super polite to the staff from the moment you reach the supermarket, the flea market, or anywhere else you’re shopping. 

If there are several salespeople, select one and try to get a conversation going. So, before you head over to the counter, make a point of hanging up the bits you’re not buying so that she or she doesn’t have to do it later. 

It’s little things like this that can make all the difference when the time comes to settle the price. Don’t be afraid to take it to the tailor and get it right for your baby’s wear. Only make sure you know the difference between what can be fixed and what can’t be fixed. 

Often second-hand baby clothes and accessories need a little extra tenderness, affection, and consideration to look their best. Still, if you’re already getting a bargain, the extra effort can be worth it.

Don’t Forget To Think About Your Baby When Shopping 

3 Tips for Shopping at a Second Hand Children's Store
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Quite often, parents can not judge and buy clothes that turn out to be not the right size for their child. It would be easier for you to learn how to get them back and how to get your money back (if possible). 

When you’re uncertain about the size, always buy children’s clothing of a slightly larger size. If the child is unable to wear clothes now, at a later stage, they would definitely be suitable for him or her! 

By theory, children should also express their own desires while buying clothing. Of course, at the end of the day, parents decide if this or that piece of clothing is really purchased. 

You have to decide what you want for your babies, but experts agree that versatility should always be at the forefront. This is the case, for starters, for children’s waterproof clothing.


Never forget that your baby’s safety comes first, all the time. Ensure that the second-hand clothes you buy are cheap and safe and efficient to use. Shop for your baby now!