I am finally ready to admit an inevitable truth: I have become my mother. And while I’m proud to have inherited his taste and appreciation for quality design, I’ve also developed a habit I’m not so proud of: non-stop shopping.
If you too have this habit, I can assure you that it will only get worse after your bundle of joy arrives. Yes, shifting your focus from fashion to your most treasured new accessory is one of the many incredible pleasures of motherhood, but it’s also the start of a period of intense build-up – and expense – that will continue. for years.
Luckily, I have a best-kept secret to making hoarding more manageable, less unnecessary, and more affordable: buy and resell my kids’ clothes from other style-obsessed moms. And now that I’ve launched a high-quality, trustworthy online consignment concept store Girls on Greenwich, I can guide other stylish moms who want to do the same.
Here are 6 tips on what to buy for your baby (and beyond) that will help you become the “energy logger” you know you are.
- Invest in high quality brands that are in demand. Some designers are more popular with senders and maintain a higher resale value. You will most certainly be bombarded with options to dress your baby wherever you go. Buy what you like, but if you have to focus and choose, the most popular brands in the resale market are Bonpoint, Bonton, Burberry, Caramel Baby & Child, and Makie. There are also newer designers who are becoming more and more popular and hard to find like Bobo Choses, Mabo and Nellystella. For the layette I also like Flora & Henri.
- Keep brand labels and sewn-in labels. As a new mom, you’ll tend to tear off tags and wash whatever you buy, but reselling new items with tags, especially newborns and babies, will come at a higher price. Your little one never wears everything you buy, so keep the tags on until you’re sure you want to use an item. We understand that sometimes the label sewn with the brand name and size of the product will come off (especially with knitted pieces). Some moms also cut the sewn-on labels as they could irritate the baby’s skin. Your baby should especially not suffer by consignment! Keep the tags in a bag or tape them to a piece of paper and write down the size and item to which they belong. If the brand’s sew-on tag, and especially the size tag, is missing, it will be more difficult to resell as we cannot verify the authenticity or size of the part.
- Have you heard of Liberty of London? If not, you’ll probably get to grips with it very soon. The iconic house of floral prints and fabrics has been around since 1875 and all the major designer brands use these prints in their clothing lines year after year. Bonpoint, Bonton, Caramel Baby & Child, Jacadi and Makie all sport Liberty floral prints because they are beautiful, classic, soft and timeless. Liberty fabric washes incredibly well too. Many darker prints don’t show smudges, and in general Liberty prints are more popular and collectable than prints like throws and geometric prints. So if you are trying to decide to buy the Liberty plaid or print, go for Liberty.
- Caring for baby’s clothes is easy. I’m sure you’ll all be using a mild, dye-free detergent for your babies, and the good news is that most baby clothes can be washed in the gentle cycle. However, I would skip the dryer and hang some designer clothes to avoid shrinkage and fading of the print. For stubborn stains, there are several good stain removal options, such as The Honest Company’s Stain Remover Spray or Babyganics Stain and Odor Remover. .
- Your best friend / sister / cousin’s teacher might not want it. Many moms choose to keep their baby clothes in the hopes of passing them on to the next baby in the family, which is a smart, practical, and sentimental thing to do. I would never discourage this, but I have found it not always worth doing. Over time, stains tend to stand out on clothes, although they can look perfect when you put them away. The personalities and colors are so different, and the clothes that suit one baby won’t suit another. I know it’s hard to part with the precious pieces you’ve invested in, as well as the keepsakes, but I encourage you to keep the pieces that are really, really special and pass on or resell the rest.
- Sometimes you need to splurge. And sometimes not. Dresses and tops are high end consignment bread and butter. If you’re on a budget, or just want to be practical, invest in designer brand dresses and tops and shop for your pants and jeans at stores like Zara Kids or The Gap. Don’t invest too much in knits. Instead, buy one or two neutral, high-quality cashmere and baby alpaca pieces that go with everything. Or better yet, buy them second-hand from a trustworthy source like Girls on Greenwich!
Written by Julie Turkel Abrahamson of Girls on Greenwich. Girls on Greenwich has a nice selection of barely worn baby clothes from top designer brands.
Photograph by Mary Grace Bernstein
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