I am not going to lie, the best part about preparing for baby after you find out the gender is buying baby clothes… and I had a temporarily psychotic addiction. Everyday our poor mail lady was probably like, “wow someone needs to get the lady in this house some help before I do!”
Baby clothes are just so cute!!! However, after spending a little over $100 dollars in stores — even just on the sales racks — for a few onesie sets and outfits, I had to look for an alternative. That is when I found out that store sales are good, garage sales are cool too but you don’t really find tons of super cute items in great condition at garage sales and there is TOO MUCH driving around… but EBAY IS WHERE IT’S AT!!!
Side Note: Garage sales may be the greatest for leggings and sleepers! But I also got sleepers for about $3-$4 including shipping on eBay. I had one really awesome find at a garage sale though — a pink Cherokee puffer vest for only $1! I love it, absolutely adorable.
Anyways, I have had eBay since 2011 and I would have never in a million years thought that I would be on it almost everyday and have an actual app sitting on my home screen on my phone to get to it quickly when I get a notification to bid on things! With clothes, it was bad. Really, really bad. But I am proud to say that I got over 200 pieces of clothing, mostly 3 to 12 months, in 2 months, for about $3 a piece on average. You could do even better than me probably because I am slightly picky and I spoiled myself and Aria a little in knowing that I had so much time since I started so early.
All you have to do is go on eBay and type in the age and gender “lot” that you are looking for. For example “6 month girl lot,” and BOOM, you have thousands options. Now, this takes some time because it’s not too specific so you will get tons of results. Adding in summer or winter, or onesies or sleepers will narrow down your results some. Make sure that you are searching in “All Categories,” not just in “Baby,” and filtering so that you only view used items in the US also helps. I also didn’t buy from that many different people. Once I received super cute items from someone who shipped fast and had great prices (AND their clothes were super clean and smelled like dreft hahaha), I often found myself going back to their selling page and buying more from them.
The best part of all of this is how much money you save! I have some items that I paid a little more for like her holiday dresses, pea coats, and snowsuits but buying so far ahead of time saves you so much money because 1.) the prices are literally 50% – 95% off if you give yourself a limit on how much you will pay for each item and include shipping in your total limit for multiple items and 2.) you aren’t going into stores and settling for their prices right when you are about to use the items, and then baby grows out of them in a matter of weeks.
It’s 50% – 95% stealing from people who paid full price to use them once or twice!
I tried to stop at 12 months because I think that is as far as I should try to predict what season Aria will wear which clothes, but I do have a few 12-18 and 18-24 months clothes. Oopsie 😉
Rules For eBay Baby Clothes Shopping
- ALWAYS check seller’s reviews for shipping issues or quality issues (you can also zoom in pretty good on most pictures to try to check for stains and all of that good stuff)
- Have a limit on how much you will pay for each item
- Include shipping into the total and divide amongst your limit per item — Shipping is a killer but remember how convenient it is to still save a bunch with out driving anywhere (and using gas)
- Don’t try to buy huge lots with too many items that you don’t particularly care for in them because the money you calculated that you would pay for those items are really going towards the few items that you like because you may never even look at other items again. However, go for it if you think you can re-sell what you don’t want! You can also ask sellers if they are willing to sell a few items separate.
- Go back to sellers who you have already purchased the cutest and most gently used clothes for great prices, they will probably have more!
Used clothes may be something that is out of the question for some people, but my philosophy behind it all is “do I eventually spend over $1000 a year on all of the cute clothes that I want to get Aria that she will grow out of in one blink, spend a few hundred in stores on just a handful of items for each season, or spend a few hundred on tons of the absolute best gently used items and be able to get her so much more of everything else as well!? AND have one more non-expense that helps us put even more into savings every month” Yeah, I’m going with the latter.
H&M has great deals too if you’re looking for newer items or just low priced items (especially tops)!!!
Aria also has lots of bows/headbands (Chinese sellers have great deals on these!) and a decent amount of shoes including some really cute sandals that I found on eBay; I will probably be more into shoes as she wears them because feet are not as predictable in size and I think I will actually put shoes on her more next summer and when she can walk. Toys and books are next on my agenda!
I hope this is helpful to some expecting or already parents! I would love to hear from you if you’re going to give this a try. God bless and have a beautiful day!!!