Kara and Raegan Kennedy, cousins and co-owners of Little White Sneakers, a kids’ clothing consignment shop in Toronto and online, share their tips for buying second-hand clothes.
1. Buy quality brands. The better made a piece of clothing is, the longer it’ll last.
2. Look for signs of significant wear. If you see fading, pilling, worn seams or threadbare spots, leave it.
3. Check clothing in good light. You may not see faint stains or wear if the store’s lighting isn’t great, so look over all clothes near a bright window before you buy.
4. Carefully examine shoes. Footwear quickly moulds to feet, so if there’s wear on the treads, walk away from the bargain.
5. Ask about store credit. Some shops will give you credit for clothes your kid has outgrown. You might even be able to get a few outfits for your kid without spending a cent.