February 8, 2014

Thrifting for Clothes for Spring and Summer

Mr. R and Little R went thrift shopping yesterday.  I told him to keep an eye out for jeans for Big R, t-shirts for both girls, and tennis shoes or sandals for both girls.

They are hard on tennis shoes so they can always use an extra pair.

This is what Mr. R found and he only spent $27.  For the amount that 1 or 2 pairs of jeans would have cost at some stores, he bought:

  • 3 pairs of jeans for Big R. (These ended up being too long but she'll grow into them.  She's in between sizes now where depending on the brand some are starting to look a little short while some are still too long.)
  • 4 t-shirts for Big R
  • 4 t-shirts for Little R
  • 1 pair of sandals for Big R
I was actually pretty impressed with his finds.  I don't mind shopping thrift stores but I am super picky when it comes to make sure the clothes are in great condition before I purchase them.  I go over everything thoroughly looking for even the smallest sign of wear or marks and everything he picked out looked good.


  1. Good for him. At that age, pretty much the only new clothes my kids got were sneakers...two pairs each when school started, and two pairs each hen summer started. Most thrifts here have $5.00/bag clothing sale...all the clothes you can fit in a bag for $5.00. As such, I am not that picky about condition. I won't buy something with a broken zipper, or that is horribly pilled, for instance. I do tolerate missing buttons or tears on the seams, as those are easy fixes. I also allow for minor wear /fading. I have also made cool (to my dd) patches out of calico to patch torn knees of jeans that otherwise look great. I have also made cuffs out of calico to add to the bottom of too short but otherwise fit perfectly pants. I don't think you could look at our wardrobes and tell which items were bought new or from the thrifts. Sadly, oldest D's is at a size of Jean that is well near impossible to find in stores, much less thrift shops. So, when a major department store had a discontinuation sale of the brand that fits him nicely, I bought several pairs in his current size, and next size up. I have also learned to hem jeans, as he has rather short legs. This way, if I find a pair in the proper waist size, it's a simple 20 minutes at the sewing machine to adjust the legs.

    1. I had someone stop me at day care and tell me that my kids were always so well dressed and had the cutest clothes. I smiled and thanked them. All their clothes are from thrift stores, on clearance or else gifts from the grand parents.

      But I'm not good about sewing buttons or fixing tears. I just know it will end up in a pile and never get done so I avoid anything that would require it. It's great that you are able to do that.

  2. Oh, I love shopping at thrift stores for kids' clothes! My boys burn through pants, and I'm happy when I can find new ones for them at a fracture of a cost of retail.