They say most great ideas come from a great need. I discovered how to save money on kid’s boutique clothing because I am obsessed with buying cute outfits for my babies. I love smocked dresses, appliques, monograms, and jon jons but I don’t love the retail price. Through some trial and error, I have found several different sources that allow me to have the precious outfits for my kiddos at a deep discount.
6 Ways to Save Money on Kid’s Boutique Clothing
- Facebook BST Groups that Ship – This is probably my favorite way to save on my kid’s clothes. If you don’t know about BST Groups on Facebook, read my post here to get all the details. I consistently snag items at 50-75% off retail prices. The best part is that you purchase by paypal and get it delivered to your door! The risk on this is that it is just regular moms (or dads) selling items and most of the time the group admins are the same. However, I have found after 4 years of BST sales and purchases via this method that most people are honest. If you do run into someone that doesn’t ship your items, Paypal has amazing customer service and customer protection. That is why you always pay through Paypal!
- Local Garage Sale Facebook Groups or Apps – Varagesale.com and local Facebook online groups are great places to find boutique clothing for less. I don’t find this as convenient because you typically have to meet at an agreed upon location to pick up but you will find some good deals. Insider tip: I search not just where I live but also in neighboring affluent suburbs. Particularly when I am looking for smocked items or upper end brands, the selection is usually higher in the nicest areas.
- Local Thrift Stores or Once Upon a Child– You will need to pack your patience for this one, but I have found Smocked items, Janie & Jack, Hanna Andersson, monogrammed dresses and more for $1-$3.99. There is usually a pretty good selection of the major brand names at thrift stores too (Baby Gap, Rare Editions, Gymboree etc). I like to go during the week over my lunch hour if possible. Our stores are picked over during the weekends and whenever I have found a Treasure it was during the week.
- Ebay – I feel like Ebay has lost its luster over the past few years, however, I love the search functions that it offers. I have purchased several lots of boutique clothes at such low prices. Just watch out for the shipping costs, sometimes it looks like a great deal until you see that it is $25 for shipping.
- Local Consignment Sales – Be on the look out for when local consignment sales will be open in your area. I often find great deals on gently used boutique items. In my area, at lots of the consignment sales, there will be a boutique or two that will sell new items at a largely discounted rate.
- Online Consignment Websites – Sites like Thredup or Swap.com allow you to search large inventories of kid’s gently used clothing.
These six ways are how I consistently save money on kid’s boutique clothing.