Perfect preloved ♥
Updated: Aug 16
I've always been a fan of buying secondhand children's clothes, so with baby fairs and charity shops currently being difficult or cancelled with the ongoing pandemic, I turned my focus online.
I was pleasantly surprised with what was on offer. Whilst I'm a seasoned Ebay shopper and seller, I hadn't realised there was a whole new world of preloved online shopping available!
Some of the benefits I'm finding of buying preloved are:
Budget-friendly prices - with lower-cost clothing being a bit more difficult to obtain at the moment many of these prices are very competitive
Good quality - with even some designer brands being among good quality high street labels such as M&S, Next, Mini Club, Nutmeg, George and Tu, there's lots of comparable quality items available without the need to hit the shops
No need for mum-guilt - buying preloved is saving tonnes going into landfill!
Supporting independent small businesses is always something I enjoy doing (being a small business owner myself!)
Giving another lease of life to previously worn clothing (much of which is in very good condition and noone is any the wiser!) Obviously it's not going to be in perfect as-new condition, but if your kids are anything like mine, nothing stays new for long anyway!
So, as both of my children were about to go into the next clothing sizes, I decided to review four preloved online clothing stores I found via social media.
Before I start, do save yourself some time and money with some of my top tips for baby and children's clothing shopping online:
Be sure to follow your favourite stores on social media and join their email newsletter lists if they have them. Most stores upload clothing for particular sizes in batches or particular days, and send a notification out on social media or email, and the most popular items obviously go first! This can also mean you receive discount codes and offers which help.
As stores only tend to carry one of each item / size, it's very much fastest finger first so be quick to browse and checkout your finds and not loose them from your basket to another buyer (as I have done!)
Do a bit of pre-planning before you browse, so you know which types of items you are looking for, and in which sizes, so if you are on a budget you can do some focussed shopping and not get too distracted by other lovely items which pop up (also guilty!)
Check out other sections of their website, for example I found accessories, shoes and school clothing sections on some of the shops I've been browsing which are stored separately from the main clothing pages (usually ordered by boy / girl and size).
If you're after a particular size or a bundle, try messaging or emailing the store owner directly as they can help advice if they have stock coming in on a particular day, etc.
Set a budget if you can, and check out the stores' postage prices as many offer free postage for spending over a certain amount, so it may be worth buying that extra item (or that's my excuse, anyway!)
Some stores also offer a buying service for your children's old clothing, I haven't yet tried this but it seems like a good idea!
So on to the reviews. First up, Sweet Pea Preloved.
Sweet Pea was my introduction to online preloved children's clothing shopping via Instagram. I enjoyed selecting this pretty parcel which included some lovely floral PJ's from John Lewis, a Zara cord dress (£6.40) and some lovely Next tops for my son. As I find with much of my clothing, my favourite pieces can be the most expensive! The beautiful Next lace dress was £9.20 but the polo shirts were a very affordable £2.40 and £2.80 each, so on balance not too expensive.
It's a hard one to call between the Next plum lace dress (£9.20) and this John Lewis pom pom jumper (£8), but my husband spotted the jumper on the washing line so I picked this one!
Goodies and offers
Sweet Pea supports charities and runs a really nice tree planting scheme which customers can choose to donate to. Not Another Mum Group readers can also get 10% off their order with code NAMG10.
Finding "higher-end" high street clothing like Zara and John Lewis
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My Little Foxy's parcel items came individually wrapped in cellophane bags, which was a nice touch but made me feel guilty about all the plastic! (I do recycle these though). There was a good range of items available though and I had found it easy to fill my online shopping basket. I picked up a good selection of autumn and winter items from Next, H&M, Tu, George, Zara and F&F. There was a really cute Barbie denim skirt for £3.40 and a range of tops and trousers from £2 to £4 in a variety of lovely designs. I was really pleased with the range available, including jumpers for £5 and under and some George £3.70 shorts that will be great for the current weather!
Again lots to choose from but my son's favourite at the moment is Thomas so I selected this brilliant 'race on' t-shirt!
Goodies and offers
We were surprised to find a nice pastry-shaped candle inside the package (which was so realistic my son instantly thought it was edible!!)
Little Foxy's are offering Not Another Mum Group readers 10% off using code - FOXY10
Buying a great range of children's clothing at reasonable prices.
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Shopping at Katie's is a really nice experience. When my distinctive pink parcel arrived I was really excited to open it! Inside the well-packaged parcel (complete with Katie's Kids Clothes tags) I found the items I'd enjoyed choosing, from tops for £3 and leggings at £2.40 to really nice boys jumpers for £3.10 and £4.65. I bought a lovely pink skirt with detachable braces for £4.25 and a summer top for £2.95. Brands include Tu, George, Nutmeg, F&F, River Island, Mini Club and H&M. Despite my love of preloved it was nice to find items which had tags attached (recycled card tags)!
I really liked all the items but I loved the first item I picked out, this navy cotton floral lace blouse from H&M, brand new with tags for £4.05.
Goodies and offers
Postage is free to customers who spend £20, one of the lowest I've seen, and it's very easy to spend £20!
New customers can also get 10% discount by signing up to their newsletter 'The Clothes Line'.
High quality clothing at reasonable prices.
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I ended up placing several orders with Dina at Nikkie's Wardrobe, who was super-helpful in helping me out on a few things with my deliveries and queries about a few items on the website. I was really impressed with the range on offer at competitive prices, which came in really handy when planning the kids' wardrobe re-stocking. Brands offered include Tu, George, Primark, Nutmeg, M&S, Next, River Island, La Redoute, Mothercare and F&F, as well as some designer brands such as Jasper Conran. I was pleased to find shorts and t-shirts for under £2, jumpers for £3-4 and dresses for just under £3. I even picked up a couple of Christmas items for £2 (I like to plan ahead!).
I selected a boys and a girls item given it was a large haul! This £2.85 George bunny knitted dress will be so nice in the autumn / winter and this 'cool' £1.75 George t-shirt will work in any weather!
Goodies and offers
My parcel included some Love Hearts sweets for a welcome sugar boost!
New Nikkie's customers can get 10% off their first order with code FIRST10.
All-round choice, cost and quality
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Note - This review is based on my own opinion for information only. All products were paid for by myself and I did not receive any PR items. Links are not affiliate. Discount codes are applicable at sellers' own discretion and expiry dates.