Don’t go Broke Buying Clothes for your Kids (A guide from a Beaverton mom)

Don’t go Broke Buying Clothes for your Kids (A guide from a Beaverton mom)

Although it’s back to school season, the reality is kids need new clothes all the time. Between growth spurts, season changes, and the general messiness of life, there’s always a reason to be on the hunt for kids’ apparel.

Any parent knows, your kids’ clothing, shoes, and accessories add up fast. Thankfully, there are a variety of options to keep their closet within budget.

Consignment Shops

My first stop (for about anything kid related) is a consignment shop. Stores sell gently used clothing, toys, and more, at a deep discount. Shops inspect every item for quality before accepting them for sale.

Since little kids are notorious for growing out of things instantaneously, you can easily find pieces in new (or like-new) condition. My personal favorites around Beaverton include Baby to Baby, Baby & Me, and Hoot-n-Annie.

Consignment Events

Twice a year (spring and fall), several businesses host pop-up consignment sales. These multi-day events are fantastic places to find deals on all things kid related for ANY age. Typically, the final day offers an additional 50% off many items.

Consignors price items themselves, so you can find real STEALS on clothes, shoes, toys, and more. You’ll need to come early for the best selection and be prepared to spend some time in line as these events are POPULAR.

Fall events are a great place to find affordable Halloween costumes, holiday outfits, and Christmas gifts. At Spring events, you can snag Easter outfits and swimsuits.

Check out Ever After Resale, Thrifty Mouse, and Pass it On on the westside. Just Between Friends and SuperKids Resale are held in East Portland.


Consider it the old-fashioned way, but hand-me-downs get more life out of your kids’ clothes and effectively stretch your budget. Hand-me-downs work great for siblings.

Additionally, a quick scan of any online moms’ group will find other moms looking to pass on their kids’ clothing.

Buy Nothing Facebook Groups

These hyperlocal groups on Facebook offer members a chance to meet their neighbors and allow items to stay in the community without generating more waste.

Groups live by the mantra: Buy Nothing. Give Freely. Share creatively.

Employee Store Passes

Maybe you’re on the hunt for new or specialty athletic items. Luckily, we live in the mecca of athletic apparel companies. Nike, Columbia, and Adidas have employee stores nearby.

Many of these companies offer employee store passes. Score an employee store pass, and you’ll have access to new, high-quality items at a discount of 40% or more.

Katie Carrick lives in Beaverton with her husband, two young children, and their yappy but loveable dog, Mendel. She’s a former clinical scientist who now works as a freelance writer. For more information visit

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