5 On Your Side

Saving money on children’s clothes, toys

Posted July 24, 2008 5:23 p.m. EDT
Updated July 24, 2008 6:21 p.m. EDT

— Children know how to wear out clothes and what they don’t wear out they outgrow quickly.

Kid to Kid, a children’s resale shop in Cary, offers parents an alternative.

“You can’t beat the prices and they’re good quality clothes,” customer LoriAnn Stretch said.

Stretch has a 10-month-old daughter and a 6-year-old son. She makes the drive from Clayton to Cary every other month to visit the store.

Stretch found a brand new dress for her daughter with the $18 price tag still on it. The Kid to Kid price for the dress is $6.99. While she is saving money on what she buys, Stretch also managed to get store credit by selling items to the store, including a bassinet.

“I'm not going to have use for it, so why should it sit in my attic when somebody else could be using it,” Stretch said.

Michelle Fish, owner of Kid to Kid, said the store accepts only gently used items that are recent styles. Fish said the store is selective of what they take and won’t resell stained or torn clothing.

“We really try to keep that standard of not being so much a thrift store, but a resale…an upscale resale store,” Fish said.

Fish displayed a children’s Nike outfit is priced at just $5.99.

The selection also extends beyond clothes. Popular shoes like Striderights are $9.99 and Polo’s at available for $7.99.

Toys, books, bottles and high end strollers are also available.

Fish showed an infant carrier would cost about $100 new, but at Kid to Kid it is $69.

The store also sells furniture. A crib and changing table at the store is priced at $299. The same furniture new would likely run about $550.

After all her shopping was done, Stretch spent about $93. She received $101.50 in credit for things she brought  in.