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June 21st, 2013 at 11:21 am

What to do With all the Outgrown Clothes

In a corner of my basement I have 15 huge totes of boys clothing from newborn on up. Every year I pack another tote or two and move them to the basement and plan to either garage sale or consign them. The problem is that I waited until I was pretty sure I was done having kids so the pile grew pretty tall and I can’t get rid of them as fast as I was accumulating them.

I need to find ways to get rid of them a little faster, but it kills me to just give them all away. Every time I compile them for a sale I take some out and give to charity, so I wanted to share with you some other uses for outgrown clothing. If you are smarter than me, you won’t let them build up to an overwhelming point!

Garage Sales

I’ve talked about holding garage sales before. They are a great way to get rid of a good amount of clothing, but they do take a lot of work.

Consignment Shops/Sales

Every consignment shop works a little differently. Typically, you bring in some items, they pick what they want, tag them and give you money in return once it sells.  In my area there is a group that holds a semi-annual consignment sale. They rent a hall and you can bring up to a certain amount of things that they will end up selling. They hold a weekend sale then put everything together by your seller number and pay you a month or so later.


A good way to get rid of clothing is to post on Facebook that you are going through your childs clothing. Let you friends know that they are free to come look through your stuff. I have a group of friends with little boys that come every season and look through my totes of clothing to see what I have! I call it my “Kitchen Table Store.”

Facebook is also a great place to look for local groups that sell items online. You post a picture and price for people to inquire if they are interested.

Online Sites

You can also consign online through sites like Thredup. They send you a bag and sell what they can, the rest is donated. Ebay or Craigslist are great online tools also.

Using Old Clothes

There are so many great ideas to use old baby clothes – t-shirt quilts, window frame displays, bags, other clothing and more. Check out pinterest for some great inspiration!

I’m off to figure out how I can empty out some of my old clothing totes!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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