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Children’s Clothing Re-Sale Event Not Well Attended

You know times are tough when the biggest children’s clothing re-sale event of the year is not well attended.

Last Saturday, my daughter, the one with almost 3 year old quadruplets and a 4 year old “big brother” went to the annual “mom to mom” sale, which is held at our local fairgrounds.  This sale has been going on for years – mothers bringing in outgrown clothing items, shoes, coats, etc to be resold and each mother then can make some extra dollars to buy stuff for their growing children.

The rules are very strict on what can be brought to sell — no stains, no missing buttons, zippers must work, no holes or worn spots on the clothing, etc.  In all reality, you’re looking at “next to new” clothing items at $1.00 to perhaps $4.00 and up depending on the items and clothing brands.

Last year my daughter waited in line for over a hour to pay for the stuff she wanted to buy, with a packed building of customers looking through the sale items — this year the place was nearly void of customers.  The workers were “organizing” the racks, finding “busy work” to do since there were so few customers.  She got what she was looking for, went straight to the checkout, paid for the items and left.

Now you KNOW that children grow like weeds, and even in an economy where it’s a struggle to keep food on the table, those children are STILL growing and need the next size clothing.

This “low attendance” annual sale brought to mind a way for those with small growing children to stretch those dollars and use some of your own old clothing items to renovate into clothing for them.

Make a Child's Wardrobe From Your Old Clothes

Children like nothing better than to dress up in their parents’ clothes. Now you can put those old clothes that no longer fit you to good use by creating a whole new wardrobe for your child, and save yourself lots of money at the same time! Use the ideas and instructions in this revolutionary book to create girl’s dresses from men’s shirts, jumpers from slacks, cardigans from sweatshirts, dresses from skirts and knit shirts, jackets, skirts and hats from sweaters, hooded vests and backpacks from sweatshirts, and much, much more. Plus, once you get the hang of renovating your old clothes into new outfits, you’ll be able to create a multitude of styles and designs from your own ideas!


At most yard sales, children’s clothing and toys are quick sellers, however womens and men’s clothing items are hardly looked at.  I’ve been to yard sales where they have a big sign “fill a bag (brown grocery bag) of dresses/pants for $1.00”.  I’m here to tell you that this can be the greatest thing since sliced bread when it comes to renovating adult clothing into children’s items.   Look over the adult clothing for colors and prints that would convert nicely into children’s garments.  Many times the dresses, whether solid color or print can be used for little blouses, dresses, skirts or pants for children.  And of course the pants can be easily made into jumpers and even little slacks or shorts for children.


Whether you are a home sewer or one with a sewing or alteration business, there is extra money to be made by converting adult clothing items into children’s clothing.  By checking the yard sales for adult clothing, you will have very little money invested in the “fabric”, therefore you can make clothing for your own children very inexpensively, OR make up nice little garments in a few sizes, perhaps 2T, 3T or 4T, and offer them for sale.  You will be able to sell them at much cheaper prices than the stores and have mostly your time invested in making them since you got the “fabric” so cheap.

Turn a little bit of your spare time into converting adtult clothing into clothing garments for children, and use those extra dollars to buy clothing for the older children or even groceries for the family.

Make A Child’s Wardrobe From Your Old Clothes book is not only a money saver, it’s a real steal at only $12.95 – order your copy today!  

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