I know you've been lured by superstore prices on cheap or inexpensive kids clothing, who hasn't?
How often have you pushed your cart through your favorite superstore and allowed baby or kids clothing to practically jump off the racks and into your cart? It's so easy to do, and so convenient too! The styles and colors may appeal to you, but usually the low price is what grabs you (or rather, makes you grab it!). And, the low price is certain indicator of lower quality.
You think you are saving money, but in reality, if this is the only way you shop for clothing for your kids, you are probably spending a lot more over the long haul than needed.
What if I were to tell you that it most often costs less over time to spend your money on quality, higher-priced clothing? This is the secret to dressing your kids for less.
Using a familiar example, taking newly purchased clothing out of a superstore is like driving a new car off the parking lot. It loses its value immediately. After one wear, your options for recovering your investment are only 5, 10, or 15 cents on the dollar at a garage sale or lower-end resale shop. Many charitable organizations and donation centers may not even want your items.
But, by "Buying Right" your options for recovering your investment expand to 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, even 60% of retail value, depending on the demand for the clothing brand, the specific item, and the item's condition.
By now you may want to write off this advice by thinking you can't afford to buy higher-end, higher quality clothing for your kids. The good news here is that you don't have to and you shouldn't. To "Buy Right" means buying high quality brands at a discounted price (such as 50 - 90% off retail).
Let's take an example. A dress purchased at a superstore for $12 may be worth $1.50 - $3.00 when you are ready to sell it, if you have cared for it well. However, a designer dress with an original retail value of $50, purchased at a 70% discount for $15 may be worth $10 - $20 to you on the resale market. You may even make money on this transaction! There are endless stories of Moms selling their kids clothing on-line for double the amount they originally paid. But, let's say you sold it for just $10, your cost of wearing a fabulous designer dress is just $5 ($15 - $10), where as your cost of wearing the superstore dress is at least $9 ($12 - $3), if not more.
A couple shopping tips for "Buying Right" are:
Shop at end of the season sales, overstocks, samples sales and resale shops to get the best deals on high quality/designer clothing (going for 50 - 80% off retail value). Many of us are enticed by the billions of dollars advertisers spend on marketing into buying clothing for our kids weeks or months in advance of when they really need it. A little patience can be worth a lot of money to you here, and the wait isn't very long. Within 2 - 3 months of new lines coming out from the retailers, you can find them at 50% off or more. And, the more patient you can be, the bigger the eventual return on your investment will be.
Buying at the end of the season ahead for the next year is a great strategy for most families and children. Buy a size up from your child's current size, and save it for a few months until the next season rolls around. I always try to buy more than 50% of my children's clothing this way, saving room for some brand new styles next season. One of my favorite tips is buying at the end of the season for the coming season. For example, you can find remaining spring/summer inventory in July at deep discounts that are perfect for your child's back-to-school wardrobe that you'll need to pull together in August.
To really take advantage of this strategy, you'll need to "Sell Right":
When it comes time to sell your children's clothing, sell online in very good - excellent condition at the time when the item is most in demand. For example, you should sell winter clothes in the fall (September-November), and sell your summer items in the winter-spring time frame (February-April). Selling on-line does not need to be difficult, and can be quite enjoyable (who doesn't like to get a little cash back in their pockets?). Selling on-line expands your market of potential buyers, and lets you control the price. Your next best bet is to find a resale shop that will agree to keep less than 50% commissions.
Reaping the Rewards:
Many moms have figured out the difference to dressing their kids for less by leveraging seasonal sales and by re-selling on-line. Eventually, they build up a re-cycling clothing fund for their kids and never have to spend out of their next paycheck.
The next time you are in a superstore, you might think twice about letting that cute little outfit jump off the rack and into your cart. Do you really need it now? Is it something you can shop around for to get higher quality? These days it's so easy to shop on-line and often the best deals can be found right in your email box or promoted on your favorite social network. There's no need to haul the kids to malls, department stores, or children's boutiques.Shopping for your kids can be convenient, enjoyable, and financially rewarding too! But, only if you don't get caught up in the myth and mega advertising that buying cheap or inexpensive kids clothing is the best strategy for saving money!
Editor's notes: Saving money by buying cheap kids clothes is an effective way for the low and middle income families. But cheap kids clothes may equal to lower quality, less durable and no famous brands. So, spend a little more on custom kids clothing by Winnie Kids Clothes may be a wise choice for you.
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