When you find out you’re pregnant, it’s a rite of passage to buy those tiny clothes for your little one – trying your hardest to imagine how your baby is going to be that small. The problem is, there are many items to buy and often the prices can be steep considering the actual wear that you get out of them before they grow. Finding quality second-hand clothes in Melbourne can not only save you money, but it gives you access to all the seasons (not just what’s in store) and some amazing one-off pieces. It’s also a green way to dress your kids, and doesn’t add to the fast fashion and over-consumerism we often see from kids clothing.
If you want to save some dosh and reduce your impact – here are the best second-hand kids clothes shops in Melbourne and just beyond.
Use-Ta! in Thornbury
Our only critique of Use-Ta! in Thornbury is that there is not an adult equivalent. This store is so funky and the team make shopping here such a pleasure and a great way to spend a weekend – even with the little ones in tow. Use-Ta! sells a fantastic range of pre-loved clothes, with their website and social media showcasing new items and allowing sellers to offload their clothes easily. If you usually find online shopping for your little one a drag, Use Ta! might be your bag. By refining your search to brand or size you will only see articles of clothing that will fit your child and in the brand and style you like.
Recently we had a baby shower coming up and knew the Mumma loved Purebaby. We were able to score some near-new Purebaby items to gift her and was able to give her more due to the price reduction. What a win!
If parent life usually prohibits you from going shopping, then you are going to love the easy-to-use Jumping Jack website. Here you will find maternity clothes, toddler clothes and baby clothes in Melbourne. Users can even create an account to sell their clothes or send a ‘clean out bag’ to the Jumping Jack team who will list the clothes for you and pass on your earnings like a consignment store. Rather than having to jump on the websites of all your favourite retailers, it is so convenient to have them all in one place. And the discounted prices don’t hurt either!
There are also some great gems to be found just outside of Melbourne, with Kid’s Warehouse bringing parents out to Carrum Downs. Kid’s Warehouse in Carrum Downs is a literal warehouse and packed with clothes, accessories, toys, books and anything a parent of a young or older child would ever need. You can also find Manchester, cots, bassinets and even car seats in grey condition. Hesitant parents who find shopping with kids difficult can take advantage of the playpen within the store while they get around the store. There is a lot to get through so if you live close by or are open to a road trip – this is well worth the visit.
Google reviewers are adamant to point out that this is not an op shop. It is a second-hand clothing store in Melbourne with each item in fine condition and heavily reduced. You will want to have ample boot space for this trip.
If you find yourself in the Yarra Valley on a babymoon in Melbourne, be sure to check out Pipsqueak Recycle. This highly-reviewed store is in Mt Evelyn and stocks second-hand kids clothes and recycled kids clothes from birth to aged 12. Get some one-off pieces for your nursery in near-new condition, or find some clothes and toys at heavily discounted prices. If you are looking to give the best reusable nappies a try, you will also find them here and in sellable condition with every safety measure applied. With some brand new items still in boxes or with tags, you would be forgiven for thinking this is a retail store and not a store of second-hand kids clothes in Melbourne.
Junico Kids / Swap Up
Previously knows as Junico Kids, Swap Up is about as good as it gets when it comes to sourcing preloved kids clothes in Melbourne and beyond. This website is not as bountiful as the other websites, but it is one to keep in rotation. We also like that Swap Up will have additional sales on top of the discounted prices, and they often offer 30% off with free postage. Kids clothes are typically made in a bright palette, but we liked that Swap Up had a more neutral collection of clothes with some alternative options and prints.
Kitting out your kids doesn’t need to cost you your savings – or the earth! Check out our list of second-hand kids clothing in Melbourne, and let us know if we have missed any of your favourite spots. You can also follow us on our Around Melbourne Instagram and find more of our kid’s articles here.