Second-hand to sustainable brands: how I created my kids' zero-waste wardrobe 1 year ago

Second-hand to sustainable brands: how I created my kids' zero-waste wardrobe

Sustainable shopping for children is possible.


Since having my first child in 2012, my love of thrifting in vintage and second hand stores for myself has turned into a quest to find unique and eco-friendly finds for my children.

Even when I travel I'm always keeping an eye open for thrift stores and have picked up fab vintage pieces for my kids from Berlin to Florence.

I often get asked by other parents where I buy my children's clothing and of course if it's somewhere abroad or a random charity shop I spotted I can't always be helpful but there are some vintage, second-hand and ethically made brands for kids that I go back to time and time again.

1)Flopsy Shop

I've been shopping from Flopsy Shop for around three years now and I've picked up everything from vintage dresses, brands like Osh Kosh and Ralph Lauren to quirky one of a kind finds.


It's an online Irish business that buys and re-sells good quality second hand kids clothing and delivers nationwide.

Prices are incredibly reasonable and you could find yourself picking up a virtual basket load of clothes for under €15.

2)Community Aid Thrift Shop

Community Aid Thrift Shop is one of my recent finds but I've already fallen in love with their selection of clothing for children.

The Gort based thrift store runs an online section of their shop and in the last week alone I've bought four dresses for my daughter ranging from vintage to high end brands, costing me €20 including delivery.

They also sell adult clothing online so you can even find some bargains for yourself.


3)Fancy Fawn

Fancy Fawn is a new kid on the block when it comes to Irish sustainably made fashion.

The brand launched last year with a range of ethically made jumpers and dresses and this year added legging made from recycled fish nets to their collection.

My daughter has several pieces from Fancy Fawn and they're incredibly hard wearing and machine wash like a dream.

4)Re-sell groups

If you're on Facebook go into the search bar and look into the Irish kid's clothing buy and sell scene.

You'll be blown away (I know I was) by the amount of re-sell groups catering to every style of kids wear whether you're looking for second hand designer, vintage or the popular Scandi brands.

They also give you the opportunity to sell any kids clothing you may have yourself  which is always a plus.