Dressing Your Kids in Boutique Designer Clothes Frugally
Stretch Your Clothing Shopping Budget
Since Spring Fling week is happening, if you like to dress your kids in the latest boutique clothing without spending a fortune, it can be done easily if you scour eBay for the trendiest items. Kids grow like weeds, and often only get to wear pricey items once or twice before they outgrow them.
As a former Power Seller on eBay (I now sell on Bonanzle) where I sold boutique children’s clothing, I’m going to spill my secrets, as boutique childrens clothing is no longer my focus. This post is the first of a series, where first, I’ll show you HOW to find those American, European and Indie boutique items, and secondly, how to turn around and sell them – so in essence, your initial investment will drop considerably.
How did I do this? Like mommy blogger forums, I belonged to several different forums that specialized specifically in topics dealing with both buying boutique items at a low price, and then turning around and reselling those gently worn items back at the highest price.
There’s a science to it, and if you stay with me throughout this series, I’ll let you know how to do it. This will be the “short version,” simplified series, because if you really want to know more, you’ll have to join those forums yourself. I am no longer affiliated with any such forums, so there’s nothing in-it-for-me here, except to give my readers a little heads-up.
Selling for a profit on eBay is easy when you have kids. People are earning hundreds of dollars a month by selling kid related items. Here are some general ideas to help you get started.
Boutique Brand Items or Pageant Fashions to Look For on eBay or in Consignment Shops
Kids clothing is a good money maker on eBay or in consignment shops. First, you’ll want to know what the most popular boutique brand names are, and how you’ll be able to find them.
Some of the more famous brand names to look for are:
Zulily and Haven Gir; Corky and Company; Janie and Jack; Right Bank Babies; The Childrens Place; Totsy; bTrendie; Rothschild; Greggy Girl; Hartstrings, NAARTJie; Talbots Kids; Ladybug; Anthologyinc; Chezami; Jottum; Meli Meli; Boutique Miabambina Co.; Enchanted Enfant Courture; Will’beth; Boutique IKKS; Amanda Remembered; Baby LuLu; Baby Nay; Bailey Boys; Balu; Bear Feet; Beaux Et Belles; Beetlejuice; Cakewalk; Catimini; Chicken Noodle; Chipie; Chouchouter; Clayeux; Deux-par-Deux; Elefantenl; Gregory Girl; Hannah Banana; Hanna Andersson; Indygo Artwear; Jacadi; JM Originals; Jean Bourget; Jottum; Kissy Kissy (Small Sizes); La Mere Michele; Le Top; Lili Gaufrette Provence; Lilly Pulitzer; Lipstick; Little Mass; Luna Luna Copenhagen; Marese; Michael Simon; Mis Tee V Us; Mish Mish; Mullberri Bush; Munki Munki; Oilily; Oink Baby!; Orient Express; Petit Bateau; Petit Faune; Psketti; Room Seven; Rubbies; Sarah Louise (England); Sashal; Shilav; So Kiwi; Tea Collection; Tickles & Giggles; Toff Togs; Trish Scully; Za Za Couture; Zoodles; Elepantito and of course, any Custom Boutique Resell items.
Go to eBay and look up a “lot” of size six girl’s clothes. You’ll find that they’re expensive! The average price for a lot of 20 good conditioned clothes is about $35.00. You can check recent completeds under the “Advanced” search function to get a feel for what the lots have been selling for.
Look for auctions or “Buy-It-Now” where the items are bundled into different lots by categories. For example, bundled girls dresses, or bundled girls play clothes. You’ll specifically want to look for bundled boutique items; perhaps not all the same brands will be bundled together, but you’ll find several different boutique brands mixed together. Occasionally there will be a Baby Gap, Gap, or Gymboree brand mixed in with the lot. Look for items that have at least six each of different types.
Lots of any item can be acquired for a more reasonable cost than single items unless the item is unique or high priced. For example, a hand embroidered dress that is quite pricey may be offered for sale by itself instead of bundled with other basic dresses.
Now is the time to start looking for those spring and summer boutique and brand-name items, as sellers will be looking to unload their childrens clothes, so that they can in-turn purchase new items for their kids wardrobes.
You can use these tips to start looking for fall back-to-school fashions, when eBay sellers will start listing in July or August.
Don’t forget to check out my post on shopping at Goodwill Industries for bargains too!
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Let me know if you have any tricks or tips of your own that you’d like to share!
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