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Free Clothing Resources Every Mum Should Know About

As a mum to two boys, I know how quickly kids can grow out of their clothes. Trying to keep up with growth spurts and changing interests can be a challenge, and it can definitely put a strain on your bank account. Fortunately for us parents, we can utilise a few websites, apps, and community initiatives that allow us to clothe our children sustainably, and for free! Today I am going to be sharing a few free clothing resources every mum should know about, whether you’re looking for some kids’ summer clothes or even some back to school essentials.

Free Clothing Resources Every Mum Should Know About: Online Resources and Apps

Finding stylish and sustainable options can be challenging, but there are many resources for free clothing that make it easier to dress your kids fashionably without breaking the bank. Here are my top website picks for free kids’ clothing.


As the name suggests, Freecycle is a website used by people looking to give away or receive items for free in their local area. Freecycle always has a range of goodies available, from entire greenhouses to kid’s toys. Importantly for us though, many members generously offer bundles of clothes that their own children have outgrown. The website is user-friendly and you are able to join several groups that cover your local area. 

Wow Freebies

Wow Freebies is a freebie website that offers a variety of free samples and products, including clothing. It’s a fantastic resource for mums looking to save money on kids’ clothes, as well as other household essentials like free seeds for your garden and cleaning products. By checking the website regularly, you can often find new offers.

Facebook Marketplace and Buy Nothing Groups

Facebook Marketplace is a treasure trove for free items, including kids’ clothing. Along with Facebook Marketplace, you can often also find Buy Nothing Groups on Facebook that are dedicated to sharing goods within local communities. These groups are based on the principles of giving freely and building community connections. Simply search for your local Buy Nothing Group and join to start accessing free clothing and other useful items. 

Community Initiatives

As well as websites and apps, there are also likely to be local community initiatives in your area that can help if you are in need of free kids’ clothing. Take a look at what’s going on in your area locally, as in many communities, you are likely to find:

Clothing Swaps 

Many communities host clothing swaps where families can bring in their children’s outgrown clothes and exchange them for different sizes. These events are usually organised by local parenting groups, schools, or community centres. It’s a fantastic way to refresh your child’s wardrobe without spending any money.

Church and Community Clothing Banks 

Many churches and community centres run clothing banks where families in need can pick up free clothing. These resources are often stocked with donations from the community, ensuring a wide variety of sizes and styles. Check with your local community centre or church to see if they offer such services.

Local Charities and Nonprofits 

Organisations like The Salvation Army sometimes have programs that provide free clothing to families in need. These charities rely on donations, so the selection may vary, but they are excellent resources for finding necessary items without financial stress.

Charity Shops

If you’ve been looking for free kids’ clothing and have been unsuccessful in your search so far, it may be worth considering charity shops.

Although charity shops require a monetary donation for clothing and other items, you can often pick up some excellent goodies for next to nothing. I regularly see designer labels and stylish kids’ clothing in charity shops that are in excellent condition. Often these clothes are marked between £1 and £3, making them affordable for many parents. 

Tips for Maximising Free Clothing Resources

  1. Stay Connected with Your Community Being an active member of your community can open many doors to free resources. Join local parenting groups, attend community events, and network with other mums to stay informed about upcoming clothing swaps or giveaways.
  2. Be Proactive Regularly check online resources and stay updated on local initiatives. Free clothing opportunities can come and go quickly, so being proactive will ensure you don’t miss out on any great deals.
  3. Donate Back If you find yourself with excess clothing that your children have outgrown, consider donating back to the resources you’ve used. This helps keep the cycle of giving going and supports other families in your community.

Final Thoughts On How To Get Free Kids’ Clothing

In conclusion, dressing your kids stylishly and comfortably doesn’t have to break the bank. By utilising these free kids’ clothing resources, you can ensure your children have everything they need without the financial strain. Many of the resources listed here rely on donations from other parents and organisations, so remember to do your bit for the community and donate back to your local community initiatives when you can. 

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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