The Economical Pursuit of Infant Clothing

There is nothing more wonderful than finding a great bargain.  Now (i.e., 21st century) more than ever, the sensible and creative shopper is out to find a true bargain.  When considering the clothing needs of infants, the obvious fact is that from the moment the tiny infant arrives he or she will be growing.  Therefore, their clothing needs will continue to change because of this constant state of flux in their physical development.

The Best and the Brightest

As thrift stores are inundated with a barrage of clothing, they have the luxury of selecting from a large amount of clothing to showcase.  It is truly a buyer’s market.  Therefore, the sensible thing to do when buying for an infant is to look for clothing that will cover a degree of sizes and categories.  As previously mentioned, infants grow quickly, so the opportunity of purchasing something that is practically new is great.  In many cases, the clothing will still have the store tags on it from the original purchase.  This revelation may prove that the clothing was never worn by an infant.  Obviously, those never worn will be the most popular items, especially if the buyer is considering giving it as a gift at a baby shower.

Long-range Planning

When purchasing in large amounts for a battered women’s shelter or those who are in most need of practical and inexpensive clothing, it is good to try and obtain as much serviceable clothing as possible.  Ultimately, when purchasing for a specific infant’s needs consider their immediate needs as well as several months into the future.  One practical tip would be to consider the season (i.e., weather).  For example, do not purchase a snowsuit that by wintertime will be too small for the infant.

However, in the case of obvious used clothing, the important thing is to consider how much wear and tear the item already has.  For example, look for worn areas, tears in the material, or stains that may not come out.  Durability is a factor, but since infants grow so quickly this should not really be a large concern.


If purchasing for someone else, consider whether they will appreciate thrift shop items.  Many new mothers will appreciate the large amount of inexpensive clothing that can be purchased at thrift stores.  However, others may find it an insult to them and their newborn.  Sometimes it is a matter of tastes and/or practical perceptions.  The important thing is to know how the recipient will accept thrift store clothing before offering it to them.