There’s no question about it, kids clothes are extortionately expensive in Sweden. Regardless of whether it’s high street or boutique there is a significant difference in price between here and a lot of other countries around the world.
In my 18 months living in Sweden I’ve picked up a few tips on how you can save some dough when it comes to clothing your little ones. In Sweden, it’s really important to get the right winter clothing . You can pick up some brilliant second hand winter clothing but look out for the wear and tear. You need to ensure that winter clothing is in tip top condition, no holes, no tears, no thread-bare. As the Swedish saying goes, ‘Där finns ingen dålig väder, bara dålig kläder’ which translates to ‘there is no bad weather, only bad clothing.
Facebook exchange, second hand and “handmedowns”
There is a huge culture of exchange and seconds in Sweden, simply because the cost of good quality clothing is so expensive and littleFacebook is such a brilliant resource for seeking out and connecting with groups of like-minded people. As you probably know Littlebearabroad has several private Facebook groups that you can join to meet other international parents. There are also some brilliant exchange/secondhand in Stockholm Facebook groups where you can sell, and pretty much buy, anything. The majority of things sold are kids clothes that they have outgrown or no longer need. The groups are moderated carefully and there are some guidelines you have to adhere to. I’ve sold and purchased a number of things using these groups and I’ve never had any problems. Stick to the guidelines outlined by the Admins and you’ll really enjoy using these groups. This situation is also another reason why SWISH is such a brilliant payment method. Most people accept payment by Swish but some will want you to collect before payment. I’ve also bought second hand clothes from my friends on Instagram and Twitter!
Blocket and Tradera – buy and sell ad website
So, you probably know what Gumtree.com is and what Craigslist.org is. Well, Blocket.se is the equivalent in Sweden. It’s a platform for buying and selling ads which cover dozens of different categories and all over Sweden. You can get everything from clothes, strollers, furniture, white goods, bathroom goods, baby beds, toys, books, EVERYTHING. Definitely worth taking a look on Blocket in your local area if you are seeking something before purchasing new. It isn’t just old Ikea furniture, either. I’ve bought a Stokke Tripp trapp and Swedese livingroom furniture from Blocket.se.
Tradera is similar to Blocket.se but instead of paying a flat fee, you use a bidding function similar to Ebay. I have to be honest, I’ve never successfully bought anything from Tradera. Many people think it is easier to find more luxury items on Tradera than Blocket.se.
Buy Bye Baby
Second hand is not only money saving but environmentally friendly and kid-friendly. With the levels of consumerism rising and the requirement for clothes to be long-lasting, colourful and hard wearing it’s tricky to keep on top of the environment and chemical free! For these reasons entrepreneurs Caroline and Johan started Buy Bye. A small, friendly shop in Kungsholmen, just of Fridhemsplan that sells handpicked, hardly worn, kids clothing. From small babies to 6 years old, they have everything you would need. Not only can you buy clothes there you can sell clothes, too. For a small commission you can receive between 20-40% return on your sold items. Nevertheless, they cannot guarantee a sale. The clothes on sale in the shop are modern and a mixture of high street and high end labels. All of the clothes in store are practical and functional (no fancy dress) and the toys are well used for but in good working order. For now, their website is only in Swedish but you can use Google translate to get the jist. Visit them in store at Sankt Eriksgatan 31, 112 39 Stockholm or online at Buy Bye.se.
Like many thrift stores or charity shops Stadsmission (City Mission) is a volunteer led organisation and not for profit. It assists families in crisis, older people living along and men and women who are homeless. There are 13 Stadsmission in Stockholm and you can drop off clothes or homewares at any of them. You can also buy clothes, books, porcelain, art and antiques. The quality and wear of the clothes at Stadsmission might not be to everyone’s taste but when you are clothing small people who seem to grow at a superhuman rate, you deal. We purchased a tonne of littlebear’s förskola clothes from Stadsmission, stuff that we didn’t mind getting ruined, washed out, or thrown away. A great stop-gap for filling in the basics, too.
Shopping online is super popular in Sweden, especially in the winter months when getting to the shops is more hassle than it is worth. The website Loppi.se is an online magazine for parents who are looking for the latest in fashion, products and celeb news. They’ve recently established LOPPIshopping.se, a money back scheme when you purchase goods online. It’s a bit like a loyalty card, the more you spend, the more money you get back at the end of the month. Plus, you don’t have to just buy clothes, you can also use this moneyback scheme at the pharmacy, book shops, homeware stores and gym memberships!
Goodluck with your bargain hunting!