Garage Sale Pricing – Kid’s Clothing Pricing Guide

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Pricing items for a garage sale or a yard sale is one of the biggest headaches when preparing for your sale. It’s always difficult to know what price tag to put on your treasures.

Here are a few garage sale pricing tips for pricing children’s clothing.

First of all, if you have kids, you know that not all clothing is created equal! You are not going to want to sell that cute dress from Wal-Mart for the same price as the gorgeous dress you bought from Gymboree last Easter. You have to take into consideration the brand, age and condition when you are pricing and in order to get a little return on your investments!

Consider the Brand

Popular selling brands are Gap, Gymboree, Limited Too, Children’s Place, Janie & Jack, Hanna Andersson and other Boutique brands. You can put a higher price tag on these brands, especially if they are in great condition! People are usually willing to pay a little extra for these items, because they know what they sell for retail.

Consider the Age

The age of the clothing is also a factor to consider. The majority of clothing from 10 years ago will be considered outdated and not in style, this will drop your price a little.
There are some exceptions to very popular name brands that are in excellent condition, like dresses, outfits or coats.

Consider the Condition

This is the most important consideration in pricing anything for a garage sale…the condition! So, even if you have a very popular last season, Gap outfit in a very popular girls size 6, if it has stains or tears, it is not going to be worth much. Again, your customers will be willing to spend a little extra on something that is in excellent condition because they know it will last. I believe it is worth that extra effort to keep your kid’s name brand clothing in great shape!

Price suggestions for children’s clothing

These are prices that I see at sales in my area and prices that I use myself.
These are guidelines; you may need to adjust them for your area. If you are uncertain about a price, just  use your best judgment and ask yourself “What would I pay for this?”

Below are 3 different prices, the first is a low price, then an average and finally a high price. A no-name brand in ok condition would be at the low end and a popular name brand in excellent condition would be at the high end. Falling into the average slot would be a decent name brand (Carter’s, Oshkosh) in good condition.

Dresses $1.00 $3.50 $6.00
T-Shirts $0.50 $1.00 $2.00
Dress Shirts $1.00 $2.50 $4.00
Sweaters $1.00 $2.50 $4.00
Jeans $1.00 $3.00 $5.00
Pants $0.50 $2.00 $3.00
Outfits $1.00 $4.50 $8.00
Pajamas $0.50 $2.00 $3.00
Swimsuits $0.50 $2.00 $4.00
Socks $0.10 $.25 $.50
Shoes $0.50 $2.50 $4.00
Boots $1.00 $4.50 $8.00
Light Jackets $1.00 $3.00 $5.00
Winter Coats $3.00 $9.00 $15.00
Snowsuits/Sets $5.00 $17.00 $30.00

Here are a few more ideas to use while preparing your children’s clothing for the garage or yard sale:

- Start early (begin pricing your items 3-4 weeks before the sale)
- Make sure clothing is laundered and clean
- Write the size on the price tag
- Hang up dresses, outfits and coats as you price them
- Make outfits rather than selling pieces separately
- Use safety pins to keep outfits, 2 piece swimsuits, or pajama sets together
- Use Ziploc bags for sets of socks, tights or hair accessories

Your customers will appreciate the effort you put into organizing and attractively presenting your items and providing them with a relaxed and positive shopping experience! They will, in return, want to shop a little longer and spend a little more!

If you need help with the actual prices to put on your other items, my Garage Sale Pricing Guide is available separately for $5.

Share your Garage Sale Pricing Strategies with us ~ leave a comment below!

Tashia Calhoun


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6 Comments

  • Michelle says:

    Tashia,

    I am past the little kid stage for selling children’s clothing at a garage sale, but I am shopping for a grandchild now at yard sales for baby clothing and accessories and your guide is a good shopping tool too. I’m always looking for a good price and am willing to pay the prices you have listed in your kids clothing pricing guide if the item is in excellent shape. I’m also looking for used baby equipment at garage sales to stay at Grandma’s…do you have a guide for pricing on baby equipment? I don’t want to be paying too much:)

    Your price list is an excellent guide for the teen/young adult clothing also. One thing we did to sell teen kids clothes was to provide a dressing room and mirror at our garage sale. Because the prices were marked higher on my teen kids’ name brand clothes, I wanted it easier for someone to pay the higher asking price…and they were willing when they knew it fit!

    Michelle

  • Tashia says:

    Hi Michelle!
    Thanks for sharing your garage sale tips for the teen/young adult clothing, that is an excellent idea!
    I do not have a price guide for buying baby equipment, that is something I will have to put on my to do list!

  • Delaina says:

    my name is delaina and i beleive oshkosh is just as good as gap ive paid almost as much for and outfit by those names as well as i have gap no not a boutique but i have found deals on tommy and ralph lauren

  • admin says:

    Hi Delaina,
    I would agree with you that I have spent as much money on Oshkosh outfits as Gap ones and yes they have some really cute stuff! What I have noticed in trying to re-sell these items on eBay is that they do not bring as high of a price as the bigger name brand items. And at my garage sale, people are just not willing to pay that slightly higher price unless it is a very popular name brand. I wish it weren’t so because I like to buy items that I know I can re-sell and at least get some of my hard earned money back!

  • Melissa says:

    Tashia,

    Thanks for all the time and energy you have put into this site. I really appreciate it. I’m hoping that my garage sale this weekend will be more successful than past ones due to your information.
    Thanks again!

  • Thanks for the info. I recently posted on my blog, how you can make use of garage sale to impart valuable lessons on your kids. A garage sale offer so much to them in terms of teachings about money matters. If interested do read my post here

    http://onecentatatime.com/let-children-learn-money-from-garage-sale/

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