Updating your child’s wardrobe without breaking the bank. Or your sanity.

Updating your child's wardrobe without breaking the bank. Or your sanity.

Clearly a stock shot. Although these kids look as cray as shopping with Poss makes me.

This post is bought to you in partnership with Quicksales

Poss grows like a weed. I’m not even joking. The kid is now in a size 12, not because of her waist, purely because of her height. She’s eight. I worry what she will be like when she’s 14, although then again, being tall is hardly the worst thing in the world that could happen when she is 14. In fact it might be awesome.

Anyway, holidays means no uniforms. Which in theory sounds fabulous – long days of shorts and t’s stretch ahead. In reality, no uniform presents two major issues for Poss:

  1. She is a fashionista of the first degree, so choosing clothes is often a long drawn out process. Getting dressed is often simply too hard. Despite having  wardrobe full of amazing clothes, she apparently HAS NOTHING TO WEAR. As a result, we have lots of PJ days.
  2. By the time we get to the end of the year, nothing fits. The size 9 and 10 summer gear I bought last year, swearing we would get two years out of, fits like it’s been shrunk by the dryer. In fact, she swears she’s just grown. I’m still giving side-eyes at the dryer just in case.

After a few years of this stress at the end of each year as we face into the long summer break, we’ve come up with a solution that fits both issues. (And also goes some way to solving *my* problem with this – it’s expensive to buy a whole new wardrobe at the start of each summer!)

This is our plan…

  1. Firstly put aside half a day. And make sure you have snacks and possibly a gin for afterwards. You will also need some plastic bags. And your iPhone or camera or similar.
  2. Next, go through the wardrobe, the cupboards and the drawers. Look for things that obviously don’t fit, and get your child to try on the things you are dubious on (be prepared, you may need to bring the gin drinking forward at this point depending on how corporative your child is).
  3. Make four piles. One to keep of the things that still fit, one for things so well loved they are good for the op-shop, one pile for hand-me-downs for family and friends and finally, this is the important one, one for selling.
  4. Pack away the clothes that still fit (take the opportunity to sort the cupboards and wardrobe at the same time. You’ll be so over all this by the time you’re done you won’t want to have to look at it for a while).
  5. Bag up the op-shop and hand-me-down clothes.
  6. Spend some time photographing and putting the rest online. Sites like Quicksales work well, it’s super easy to use and there are no charges for selling, unlike some of the other sites.
  7. Sit back and wait for the money to roll in.
  8. Take child shopping for new clothes with the funds earned from the sales. (Hint – you may need more gin after this.)

The first year we did this, Poss blew all her money from the sale of her old clothes on two outfits from Country Road. From then on she was smarter; researching the things she really wanted that she was prepared to spend top dollar on, bought those and spent the rest at Target.

It’s been a good exercise all round really… clothes are recycled, her wardrobe is cleaned up and I don’t have to shell out as much replacing all the things she’s grown out of in the previous year. She’s also had a good lesson in what things actually cost, and she loves the things she purchases, so tends to wear them more. Win win.

How do you update your child’s wardrobe each year? Do you have a system, or is it more an ‘as you go’ kind of thing..?

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  1. My son is not exactly into fashion but he gets terribly attached to his clothes. And honestly, I do, too. The good thing is that he wears now some 3/4 board shows that are.. Ahem ..size 4 as shorts because from being “the square baby” he is now growing only lengthwise..
    I am sneaking t-shirts that start to look silly-small and stack them away (in case he asks for it) then I give it to opshop. But I tend to keep things for a long time so have now some stock.
    Must try quick sales, but wanted to see if any refugee orgs accept donations locally…
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  2. Sharron Redmond says:

    And if all else fails , have another gin …or two !!!!!

  3. I have never thought to sell their clothes….. most go through both the girls. And there isnt anyone to hand down to. And I hate sending the really good stuff to the oppy….. might give it a shot!
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