How to get the most money back on your child’s used clothing

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - News4 Investigates shows the harsh reality of selling your child's used clothing.

Kids' clothes can be expensive, and children are continuously growing out of them. If your kids are at the age where they only wear gym shorts and plain T-shirts, it may be time to resale some of the clothing they barely wear at shops or online.

Consumer Investigator Lindsay Bramson went undercover at several different resale shops across Middle Tennessee.

For example, a North Face fleece that costs $40 new but was hardly worn was worth only $2.85 used. Children's clothing doesn't hold its value. And how much you get paid for the clothes isn't determined by staff but a computer.

"It's completely out of our hands and is fair across the board for everybody," Meg Howell, who owns Once Upon a Child Franklin, said.

Howell pulled back the curtain to show something else that is sure to drive moms crazy.

A parent got $3.60 for a two-piece outfit, but it goes on the rack for resale, priced at $12. Another piece of clothing was only worth $5 to the parent, but it's on the shelf for almost $20.

"It has to be like that because I have rent to pay and payroll, and I have overhead expenses," Howell said.

Even though moms know the drill, that doesn't take the sting out of it.

"Don't expect even a 50% return. If I took Ralph Lauren shirts to a consignment shop, they would give me minimal, maybe $2 a T-shirt, and they would turn around and sell it for $7," one Nashville mom told News 4.

News4 Investigates looked into eBay and Facebook Marketplace. We found used clothes going for much more than you'd get at the consignment shops.

Howell argued that coming to a store such as hers saves you time and effort. A person can walk out with cash versus having to wait to sell items online.

Here's what a person needs to know about trying to sell clothes. Most resale shops won't take anything stained, and the better condition it's in, the more money you'll get for it.

When it comes to selling online, people need to remember there's much competition out there for clothes that look very similar. People could be waiting a while before something sells. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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