When I was young, second-hand clothes were a bit of a taboo and most definitely not cool. Several mums I know, are quite enthusiastic about buying used baby clothes and toys for their children. I feel like pre-loved clothes are more accepted and even become quite popular.
Organic baby clothes keep increasing popularity, and so are second-hand organic baby clothes which are become more accessible as well. High-quality organic baby clothes are sold online individually or in bundles by created groups and innovative businesses who make organic clothing more accessible. Did you know you can even rent used organic baby clothes per month too?
For those interested in selling (branded) baby clothes in a ‘good as new condition’, there are opportunities for you as many online innovative businesses are set up to sell and buy used baby clothing items now.
Have you considered using second-hand clothing?
Benefits of choosing a pre-loved baby clothes
Other than saving your self money, choosing use pre-loved baby clothes is an environmentally friendlier choice as well to feel good about. Choosing used items is a sustainable choice as it reduces the amount we consume. Did you know the textile industry is the second biggest polluter worldwide?
Many people worldwide become more aware of our environmental issues and are interested in contributing to making choices with a smaller environmental footprint. And however, it will not be for everyone; choosing a pre-loved baby way is an excellent opportunity to make an environmentally friendlier choice.
When you follow a natural lifestyle and are interested in using organic items for your baby, choosing for used organic baby clothes makes it much more affordable. Especially the certified organic brands may not be accessible for everyone as they can get quite pricey, purchasing as pre-loved items can be a great solution.
It is so exciting to see the new trends where high-quality brands are now offering their beautiful garments as pre-loved items so more people can enjoy their beautiful clothing items.
Names for used baby clothes
People may use different titles when they talk about used baby clothes such as second-hand baby clothes or pre-loved loved baby clothes or even hand-me-downs. It all has the same meaning.
The cheapest options to buy used baby clothes?
Well, the cheapest options must be our famous ‘op shops’. Here in Australia, there are quite a few different shops where you can buy second hand (baby) clothing. You can find ‘opportunity shops’ spread all over the country. More often, named ‘op shops’.
You can buy lots of different items for a small price. The items in the shops are mainly donated. Everything donated in ‘op shops’ have to be in fair condition. The staff working in the shops are volunteers. Therefore you may see that some of these shops have limited opening hours.
The profits made in the ‘op shops’ will be benefitting less fortunate people.
Some of our leading ‘Op shops’ in Australia include:
- Vinnies shop, 650 shops across Australia
- Salvos shops, 340 stores across Australia
- Lifeline shops, more than 130 across Australia
- Red cross shops, more than 175 shops across Australia
Other than these big organisations, there are many more. For a complete overview of all ‘op shops’ across Australia, please click here.
Some ‘op shops’ listed above have online shops as well.
‘If you like to purchase second-hand items, I would suggest you always wash pre-loved clothing before the first use for your baby. Also, it is a great idea to hang it out in the hot sun before use’.
‘The same is suggested for new clothing though, always wash clothes before first use, you never know where it has been exposed too, and potential manufacturing residue can still appear on the garment’.
Childhood selling opportunities for pre-loved branded baby clothes
Other than purchasing used-baby clothes, you can sell baby clothes as well, to do so the clothes have to be in an as good as new condition.
Lately, I have been surprised at how many innovative businesses have created sustainable friendly shops. The modern way of promoting second-hand baby clothes is very well done, and baby items look inviting to buy.
A sustainable lifestyle is of high interest of many in our society, and building a business focused on sustainability is a pretty smart action responding to societies needs.
Selling ‘unused’ items, lying idle in your wardrobe, means potential pocket money for you, and potentially a great bargain for me.
Surely there will be an enthusiastic audience of people happy to buy branded second-hand clothes in a new condition for a bargain price.
If you are in Australia and interested in buying or selling second hand branded baby and kids clothes you can check it out here
Reducing of the pollution of the textile industry
In new trends, we see businesses selling second-hand baby clothing. Selling and purchasing used baby clothes have significant benefits to reduce the consumption of textile. The textile industry is the second biggest polluter worldwide, and lots of improvements have to be made to improve the current pollution issues.
Organic textile certifications such as G.O.T.S. (Global Organic Textile Standards), are making great efforts to reduce pollution. One of the significant issues with chemicals used growing regular textile is that it washes down in rivers and pollute the environment, .and all wash down in the rivers polluting the environment.
Organic farmers are not using industrial chemicals to grow their crop. However, it is not a complete solution, and many other steps have to be taken, it is a big win to eliminate the chemicals in the process.
Purchasing used organic baby clothes
Recently I wrote an article about how organic or other non-toxic, high-quality baby clothes often have an expensive price tag and therefore potentially less accessible for some people. Well, the good news is you can purchase pre-loved organic baby clothes online now. Or maybe even more suitable for newborns as they grow so very quick, you can even rent them per month.
However, purchasing used organic baby clothes is still not cheap; it makes it a lot more affordable and accessible for more people who are interested in dressing their baby in organic baby clothes.
As organic baby clothes, (from high-quality brands), are very durable, they are perfect for purchasing second hand, and you will be able to sell them back after the baby is outgrown the garments as well. Sounds like a pretty good deal right?
Non-toxic baby clothes have many benefits for babies sensitive skin and are super comfy and buttery soft. Ones you have felt the high-quality garments you don’t want anything else.
Always check Brands and labels as the word organic get misused in marketing often and can be used misleadingly.
For high quality and durable garments, check for brands who are certified organic.
Organic clothes are grown without pesticides and herbicides, which is excellent minimising exposure to chemicals for your family and significant benefits to reduce pollution for the environment as well.
Unfortunately, regular cotton needs the use of pesticide and herbicides to grow and harvest successfully.
Always check labels from brands to find clarity of the products your purchase.
Renting new or used organic baby clothes.
If you are interested in purchasing used organic baby clothes, check out your options for renting baby clothes. Renting baby clothes is not only a sustainable and practical choice, but it also makes using premium organic baby clothes more accessible as well.
The process of renting organic baby clothes is pretty straightforward.
You can choose out of the following options:
- Size (0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months)
- Style (Classic, Playful or earth tone)
- Conditions (New pre-loved)
- Size of the bundle (Part-time bundle (22 items) or full-time bundle (56 items))
- Climate(Clothes for warm or colder weather)
- Price (Partime bundle rent $49,- per months buy for $244,- Fulltime bundle rent $89,- purchase for $367,- *These prices are as per the time I write this article and potential change in the future*
An new clothing set from ‘up choose’ is 20-30% lower than retail price and pre-loved (gentle used) sets are 60-70% lower than retail price.
So no shopping around for a bit and pieces, everything is coordinated for you by ‘Up choose’ and you make those few choices to personalise your used organic baby clothes set. Pretty awesome right?
Some organic brands they stock are:
- Under The Nile
- Finn + Emma
- Kate Quinn,
- Coloured Organics,
- Burt’s Bees Baby
Do you feel inspired to check out some pre-loved clothes?
Do you feel like you like trying out one of these used baby clothes options?
Your cheapest options for buying pre-loved baby clothes will be very likely the ‘op shops’. You may get lucky and score a cool outfit for a bargain price. Alternatively, you may be interested in donating some baby clothes to one of the many ‘op shops’.
If ‘op shops’ are not for you, maybe you feel inspired to sell or purchase through childhood website where used branded baby clothes are available in their online shops.
The garments are all in new condition, and you may pay a bit more money than in the ‘op shop’, but still an excellent opportunity to find a bargain outfit in a new condition. Alternatively, you could sell some branded outfits if you have some idle laying around.
If you are interested in gentle used organic baby clothes, you can learn more here.
But perhaps the second hand is not for you, but you still like to make a more sustainable choice? If so, you can always consider purchasing new organic baby clothes which is still a more sustainable choice as purchasing regular baby clothes.
High-quality organic baby clothes are perfect for selling when your baby has outgrown the clothing. You know now that this is fairly easy to sell the clothing with the ongoing trend on used organic baby clothes.
Generally, newborn baby clothes are only gentle used as babies’ have outgrown the garments so very quickly. As the garment is only gently used, they are perfect for selling as a pre-loved item.
Thank you so much for reading, and I hope this article has given you some helpful information to utilise perhaps used baby clothes into your lifestyle.
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