I’m not quite sure how it happens but every season my kids end up with waayy more clothing than they need. Pair that with the fact that they seem to go up a size every six months and kids’ clothes become a major source of clutter.
I personally find that keeping clothes paired down to what you actually wear (see my closet here) makes staying organized and getting ready each day so much easier.
My daughters and I recently went through their clothes and came up with a bunch of stuff to get rid of. Here was our process of doing it as well as my favorite places to sell kid’s clothes online.
Our Purging Process
My oldest daughter is EXACTLY like me when it comes to clothes. She figures out what she likes and she sticks with it. She and I both continually wear around five outfits on repeat. This means when it comes to getting rid of clothes she’s more than happy to do so.
She’s also super neat and thrives on organization.
My youngest daughter is completely different. She likes lace, frills and all things colorful and could care less about having a neat and organized room.
Keeping this in mind when we clear out clothes it’s very individualized to meet each personality need.
We start by clearing all out items that are stained or ripped. They go in the trash or in my rag bin, depending on the material.
After that I get rid of everything that no longer fits them. (This includes clothes, shoes, coats accessories, etc.)
After we’ve gotten rid of that stuff we then decide what to keep out of the items that actually fit them. I have to keep a close eye on the process because my oldest wants to get rid of everything (including the things she’ll need once we hit a different season.)
Items are sorted and placed neatly back in drawers. And we’re left with this:
A big pile of clothes all in good shape that need rehomed.
These are then sorted into two different categories:
ThredUp – Excellent Condition
ThredUp is where I buy pretty much ALL of my clothes.
If you’ve never heard of ThredUp they’re an online secondhand clothing shop. I’ve ordered from them dozens of times and have never gotten anything than that isn’t in excellent condition. Because of this I don’t dare send any clothing items to them to sell that aren’t also in excellent condition. (Because I know they won’t accept them!)
ThredUp accepts women’s and kids clothes. If clothing you send will be sold for less than $60 (they set the price) they send you money upfront. If your item is worth more than $60 they sell on consignment and you get paid when someone buys your item.
You can easily get an estimate of how much they’ll pay you for your items by taking a look at their earnings estimator.
(If you’re a new customer you can also get a $10 credit by going through this link and then I’ll get a $10 credit as well.)
If you want to send in items to ThredUp all you need to do is request a cleanout bad from their website. They’ll send you the bag, you just fill it up and mail it back in their postage paid bag.
You can get paid via Paypal, store credit or have your money donated to a charity.
Facebook Yardsales – “Lots” of Items from the Same Season All the Same Size
For items that aren’t name brand or don’t look brand new (but are still in great condition) I like to sell as “lots” on Facebook. I find this method to be SO much more convenient than trying to sell individual items.
To do this I simply group together clothing that is the same size and meant for the same season. (Example: 10 size 6 summer dresses for $20) I list these lots on the county yardsale pages and then will meet the buyer in town. In my experience clothing sells super-fast on Facebook.
Aside from selling clothes in this manner I’ve frequently bought my kids clothes off of Facebook yard sales as well.
Keeping it Simple
Those are my two favorite places to sell kids clothes online. By keeping it paired down to only those two places and being able to sell the clothes in batches makes handing the process of decluttering simple and easy to manage.
Where do you sell your kids clothing that no longer fits them?