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How to make money on gently used kids' clothes

Families can find lightly used and new kids' clothing, toys, Halloween costumes, dance class costumes and baby gear at consignment shops or sales.

DANVILLE, Ind. — Updating your little one's wardrobe doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Consignment shops often have gently used clothing or items with tags for a fraction of retail price.

Aimee Coonfield, 32, is a big believer in buying used.

"This has definitely saved us a lot of money," Coonfield said.

That's why every year, she shops at the pop-up consignment store Here We Grow Again. The sale takes place twice a year, in March and October.

This October sale is at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville and runs from Wednesday, Oct. 6 to Saturday, Oct. 9.

"I just got some really nice boots for my daughter that would probably be $25 at Target and they're $5 here," Coonfield said.

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Shoppers at the Here We Grow Again consignment sale in Danville.

Families can find lightly used and new kids' clothing, toys, Halloween costumes, dance class costumes and baby gear.

Here We Grow Again co-owner Katie Awwad said people can save around 90% off of the retail price.

As for the sellers looking to offload lightly used items, Awwad said they keep 70% of what the item sells for. 

"Every item is marked with their consigner number right here. And so once we scan it, it rings into their account, and they can see that night how much they've sold," Awwad said. 

On the sale's last day, Saturday, tags with a star are half-off.

If you can't make it to the sale, there are permanent consignment shops in the area, too.

Amanda Newman, who owns Amanda's Exchange in Carmel, said their store is about to celebrate 20 years in business.

"A lot of times, maybe something was a gift. Children grow so fast that maybe they grew or had a growth spurt, you know, before that season hit," Newman said.

Newman's store not only sells gently used and new children's clothes, but other items, too.

Her sellers will keep around half of what the item sells for, depending on what it is. If it's a designer bag, sellers keep 70% of the sale. 

Once Upon a Child is another consignment store, which has multiple Indy locations.