We must not take for granted the possible sources of free clothes and shoes for kids. Children grow up so fast that many of our friends and relatives we know have children's clothes that no longer fit. Receiving hand-me-downs is one great way to save on shopping money. I remember receiving bags of shoes from a friend. Some of the shoes were even barely used. The idea of gifting hand-me-downs is often an acceptable practice among close friends. The giver may be hesitant to give used items. You as the receiver just need to ask so the giver knows that it is a welcome gift. Often, people will gladly give away garments and shoes that are no longer used.