It is every parent’s responsibility to provide proper clothes to their children in the early years of their lives. Their income, lifestyle, and the number of children determine how much and how often they spend on their kids’ apparels and accessories.
The garments in your household have grown in number as your kids grew older. You may have already lost count of all the clothing items each of them owns. Especially now when you can shop in just a few taps on your smartphone. You see fashion trends so easily. You want to match clothes with your kids, and there are lots of online shops to thank for all your twinning OOTDs.
Through the years, your kids’ old clothes piled up somewhere in their closet or have occupied large boxes in your garage. Haven’t you thought you can turn those stored and almost forgotten clothes into cash? There are possible ways on how to earn money from old clothes that are perfect if you have heaps you want to get rid of.
If you think there’s no need to keep those onesies and toddler pants, then don’t let them take up spaces you can make for other stuff. Before you decide on what to do with those old clothes, ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have any plans of having another child anymore?
- Don’t you have nephews or nieces you can hand down the clothes to?
- Do you have friends who are expecting and who might accept slightly used items?
If you answer ‘No’ or ‘None’ to the questions above, then it’s safe to say you can either donate to charity or make money out of your children’s clothing items.
Turn those stacks of old clothes into cash in three easy ways:
Selling your kid’s old clothes takes the top spot. You can join weekend markets in your area, hold a garage sale, or sell the clothes online. But before that, you need to make sure your kid’s old clothes are ready to be out on the market.
Check the condition and wash them. Select the ones with no stain or damage. Those that are slightly used and are still in superb condition would sell better than those that need repair. Make sure you do a thorough cleaning to make them look and smell nice again.
Once they’re ready to be up for sale, you can then sell your kids’ old clothes online and/or offline. If you want to reach more potential buyers, take high-resolution photos of each item and post them on your social media accounts and on marketplaces. Use appropriate hashtags so people could see them easily. Write easy to digest descriptions by including basic details such as size, for what age, material, and brand if applicable.
If you’re bringing them to the weekend market, prepare them as if they’re all brand new. Fold them nicely or hang them so it would be easier for buyers to check them out. Categorizing also helps people spot what they want to buy in particular. Separate boy’s from girl’s clothing items, then display them by type or by age group.
Selling clothing items your kids have outgrown could be a lucrative side business for your family. This couple began selling their kids’ old clothes on eBay back in 2004. After 10 years, it turned into a £1.5million business and they have sold items to over 120 countries around the globe.
If you’re blessed with an artsy soul, upscaling or repurposing your kids’ old clothes is a piece of cake. There are many ways you can turn old clothes into do-it-yourself projects. The items you weren’t able to sell because they’re worn out are best for repurposing. Once you’ve given those clothes their new look and purpose, they will be attractive enough to be sold.
What can you do with outgrown and unwearable kids’ clothes? You can make stuffed animals from onesies, memory quilt using the clothes they wore when they were infants, and many other stuff such as pillows, plush toys, caps, or bibs. You won’t run out of ideas for upcycling and repurposing projects if you search online especially on Pinterest.
Reports say the main culprit for all the garments dumped on landfills are the consumers themselves. Only 15 percent of consumer-used clothing is recycled, which is a sad truth given that almost 100 percent of textiles are recyclable. So if you recycle, upcycle, or repurpose clothes, these activities would not only save or make you money, they would also do something good for the environment.
Whatever new item you imagine doing out of the pieces of old articles of clothing your children used to own, try it! With your creativity, the sky’s the limit with the list of the projects you can do. Who knows, this could be one business idea you can grow together as a family.
Another way to make money from your kids’ old clothes is to sell them via consignment stores. This is for those who have little time to take photos and manage the sale of every item personally. Look if there are stores near you that will offer you a good deal.
If you put clothing items up for consignment, you also have to make sure they’re clean and still in wearable condition. There could be stores that would accept pieces with tiny stains and slight damages, but if you can do a minor repair, do it before you bringing them anywhere.
These are doable means to earn money from clothes your children have outgrown. Think of all the amount you’ve spent in buying all those clothing items for your kids. If you could sell them, you can regain at least a decent amount to help your family to earn and save money.
When you sell your clothes as they are or repurpose them beforehand, only then you would realize how many garments you have accumulated through the years, from your firstborn down to your youngest child. It would be wise to turn them over to new owners and let other children use them. Your closets and pockets would thank you if sell, repurpose, or consign your kids’ old and outgrown clothes.