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Children Medium Premium (0-12 Years, Approximately 300 Pieces)

Highlights:
  • 0-12 Years Children Wear
  • Boys & Girls Clothes
  • Pictures only for Demo
KSh15,000 9% Off
About Children Medium Premium: Children Medium Premium contains clothes for both boys and girls of ages 0-12 years with approximately 300 pieces. Shorts, Shirts, Jeans, Rompers, T-shirts and so much more.
Bale Content: A mitumba bale of children medium premium contains approximately 300 pieces at Ksh 15,000 - an average price of Ksh 50 per piece.
Pricing: In most market places in Kenya, camera medium clothes for children sell at between Ksh 150 to Ksh 200.

Extra Premium Jeans for Kids (Approximately 150 pieces)

Highlights:
  • Jeans for Kids
  • Extra Premium
  • Approximately 120 Pieces
  • Origin: Canada
  • Countrywide Delivery at a fee
  • Pictures only for Demo
KSh13,500 7% Off
About Jeans for Kids: Not only do jeans make your child look great, but they also help you save time on washing time. If your child wears the same pants every day, they will come home less smelly and with fewer stains.
Bale Content: A mitumba bale of premium jeans for kids contains approximately 120 pieces at Ksh 14,000 - an average price of Ksh 90 per piece.
Pricing: In most market places in Kenya, camera jeans for kids sell at between Ksh 250 to Ksh 300.

Premium Baby Rompers (Approximately 400 pieces)

Highlights:
  • Mixed Baby Rompers
  • Premium (Grade One)
  • Approximately 400 Pieces
  • Origin: Canada
  • Countrywide Delivery at a fee
  • Pictures only for Demo
KSh19,500 7% Off
About Baby Rompers: They come in all different styles and fabrics — from soft and silky to colorful and fun. From circle rompers and jumpsuits, to striped rompers, there's something for every parent to love.
Bale Content: A mitumba bale of baby rompers contains approximately 400 pieces at Ksh 18,000 - an average price of Ksh 45 per piece.
Pricing: In most market places in Kenya, camera baby rompers sell at between Ksh 150 to Ksh 200.

Premium Denim Dresses for Ladies (Approximately 120 pieces)

Highlights:
  • Denim Dresses for Ladies
  • Premium (Grade One)
  • Approximately 120 Pieces
  • Origin: Canada
  • Countrywide Delivery at a fee
  • Pictures only for Demo
KSh19,500 7% Off
About Checked Shirts: Denim is popular in the fashion world, but it's not limited to trousers. It is popular in dresses, skirts, tops, and jackets, too. Denim dresses can go well with denim jackets, too.
Bale Content: A mitumba bale of denim dresses for ladies contains approximately 120 pieces at Ksh 19,000 - an average price of Ksh 160 per piece.
Pricing: In most market places in Kenya, camera denim dresses sell at between Ksh 300 to Ksh 400.

Round Neck T-shirts for Men (Approximately 350 Pieces)

Highlights:
  • Premium Round Neck T-shirts
  • Short Sleeved
  • Approximately 350 Pieces
  • Origin: Canada
  • Countrywide Delivery at a fee
  • Pictures only for Demo
KSh20,500 9% Off
About Round neck T-shirts: When you're looking for something that looks good and feels great, try out a Round Neck T-Shirt. The round neckline allows for excellent flexibility, while the slim fit hugs your body to give you an athletic appearance.
Bale Content: A mitumba bale of round neck T-shirts for men contains approximately 350 pieces at Ksh 20,000 - an average price of Ksh 60 per piece.
Pricing: In most market places in Kenya, camera Round neck T-shirts sell at between Ksh 100 to Ksh 150.

Polo T-shirts for Men (Short Sleeved – Approximately 180 Pieces)

Highlights:
  • Premium Polo T-shirts for men
  • Short Sleeved
  • Approximately 180 Pieces
  • Origin: Canada
  • Countrywide Delivery at a fee
  • Pictures only for Demo
KSh16,500 8% Off
About Polo T-shirts: They are instantly smarter than other T-shirts because of their details. Their collars, ribbed cuffs, and button-down style make an instant impression. A great way to look smart and professional without breaking the bank.
Bale Content: A mitumba bale of short sleeve Polo T-shirts for men contains approximately 180 pieces at Ksh 16,000 - an average price of Ksh 100 per piece.
Pricing: In most market places in Kenya, camera Polo T-shirts sell at between Ksh 300 to Ksh 400.

Premium Ladies Short Jumpsuits (Approximately 300 Pieces)

Highlights:
  • Premium Ladies Jumpsuits
  • Short (Thigh Length)
  • Approximately 300 Pieces
  • Origin: Canada
  • Countrywide Delivery at a fee
  • Pictures only for Demo
KSh25,000 7% Off
About Sports Bra: Jumpsuits have been known to be stylish and sexy. They are a breath of fresh air when you want to stand out from the crowd. From fashion shows to street style, jumpsuits come with flair and confidence.
Bale Content: A mitumba bale of short jumpsuits for ladies contains approximately 300 pieces at Ksh 25,000 - an average price of Ksh 100 per piece (which you can sell at Ksh 200 each)
Pricing: In most market places in Kenya, camera jumpsuits sell at between Ksh 500 to Ksh 600.

Premium Adult Cargo Shorts (Approximately 100 Pieces)

Highlights:
  • Premium Adult Cargo Shorts
  • Side Pockets
  • Approximately 100 Pieces
  • Origin: Canada
  • Countrywide Delivery at a fee
  • Pictures only for Demo
KSh19,500 11% Off
About Cargo Shorts: Cargo shorts are the most stylish way to wear in the warm days. Smart, comfortable and practical, these shorts can be paired with a variety of tops and stylish accessories.
Bale Content: A mitumba bale of cargo shorts contains approximately 100 pieces at Ksh 20,000 - an average price of Ksh 200 per piece (which you can sell at Ksh 400 each)
Pricing: In most market places in Kenya, camera cargo shorts sell at between Ksh 500 to Ksh 650.

Premium Sports Bra (Approximately 500 Pieces)

Highlights:
  • Premium Sports Bra
  • Approximately 500 Pieces
  • Origin: Canada
  • Countrywide Delivery at a fee
  • Pictures only for Demo
KSh24,000 16% Off
About Sports Bra: Sports Bras come in different styles and need. The most common is the criss-cross type, which has back straps that cross over the front of the body. Pullover sports bras are a great choice for teenagers.
Bale Content: A mitumba bale of sports bra contains approximately 500 pieces at Ksh 24,000 - an average price of Ksh 50 per piece (which you can sell at Ksh 100 each)
Pricing: In most market places in Kenya, nice sports bras sell at between Ksh 150 to Ksh 200.

Crème Bathrobes (Brand New – Approximately 30 Pieces)

Highlights:
  • Brand new bathrobes
  • Approximately 30 Pieces
  • Sizes: ML,XL and XXL
  • Origin: Canada
  • Countrywide Delivery at a fee
  • Pictures only for Demo
KSh36,000 6% Off
About Crème bathrobes: A bathrobe is an essential wear for many individuals, especially after a long day's work since it keeps the wearer warm and cozy. That's why finding the best bathrobe can make a huge difference to your day.
Bale Content: A mitumba bale of crème bathrobes contains approximately 30 pieces at Ksh 36,000 - an average price of Ksh 1200 per piece (which you can sell at Ksh 3,000 each)
Pricing: In most market places in Kenya, a new bathrobe sells at between Ksh 5,000 and Ksh 6,000. 

Mitumba Bales Prices at Gikomba, Nairobi – 2021

Mitumba is a Kenyan word that means used clothes, bags, shoes, and other second-hand items. The business has for several years attracted several young entrepreneurs, mainly because of its profitability and ease of starting up due to its low capital requirements. It’s a multibillion enterprise. Evidence? Just check the people dealing with mitumba on wholesale. Soft life.

Forget any misinformation out here. Mitumba clothes are a choice for both low income earners and middle class Kenyans, since they are budget-friendly. If you have all along desired to join the business, this page is for you, in efforts to provide as much information as possible so you can play your cards right.

In this article, we highlight several useful tips on how to start your mitumba business in Kenya. We have a section with the startup requirements, the available types of mitumba bales and where to get the best Grade 1 bales at the best prices in Gikomba – Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and other major towns in Kenya.

Types of Mitumba Bales

Mitumba clothes, bags and shoes are purchased from charities in various European countries. After grading, the items are shipped to the port in Mombasa. These mitumba clothes are then classified into a few grades and packaged in bales according to the level of wear and tear.

These types of mitumba bales are a very important piece of information for a new business person. You need to understand the different grades also in order to ensure you get things right before making any investment decision.

The knowledge of the source for your mitumba bales also comes in handy. Why? Because it is the sorting process from the source of the mitumba that determines what you get inside the bale at Gikomba or any other wholesale point.

Nobody really has complete control on the quality of second hand items, but the sorting is the only activity that determines what finally lands in your shop. Getting a mitumba supplier with good reviews and trusted sources will therefore be an assignment you must work on.

1. Crème Mitumba Bales

Crème is a term used to refer to mitumba bales with brand new clothes that have never been worn. They are sold as mitumba because someone, after buying them for resale, somehow decided not to sell them.

Probably the clothes were deemed out of fashion before they could be opened for resale. Or maybe the business was closed down due to unprecedented circumstances. Still, some are new clothes dropped by overseas business persons at donation points, and later sold as second hand clothes to raise funds for a certain cause.

Crème Mitumba bales are therefore expensive as expected, sometimes costing as much as Ksh 50,000. Mitumba clothes, bags or shoes in this grade are 100% free from tear, cracks, fade, discoloration or other damages. In addition, they come in their original styles and colors – both fashionable and functional – and can be worn to look stylish and professional at any formal event.

2. Grade 1 (Grade A) Mitumba Bales

This is the most popular category of mitumba bales for business persons in Kenya, mainly because it’s a perfect blend of affordability and quality.

Grade One Mitumba clothes, bags or shoes were worn a few times, hence they are still in an almost new condition. The items in this lot are in almost perfect condition, and a little dry cleaning makes them appear new to your clients.

Mitumba- Kids Rompers
Mitumba- Kids Rompers samples picked from a Grade 1 Bale

And this is where the source comes in handy. As earlier mentioned, it is the sorting process at the source that determines what you get to your shop. Certain overseas cities are known to have top rated Grade 1 mitumba bales vendors. Always check the reviews from buyers. Some mitumba bales wholesalers in Kenya will be generous enough to reveal their sources.

3. Grade 2 (Grade B) Mitumba Bales

Unlike Grade One, the Grade 2 mitumba bales contain clothes that have been worn several times by their previous owners. They are not as pleasant as those in Grade 1 or Creme bales, and are therefore cheaper.

Starters are advised to go for this class for open air markets since the bales are cheap. You don’t want to compete with experienced mitumba sellers selling clothes at Ksh 100 when you have just received a bale worth Ksh 50,000.

In each Grade 2 bale of mitumba, you will find three types of items. There are high-quality pieces that look almost new, called camera. Then there are slightly-used items that are not as appealing.

Then the third kind of items will have some defects. Maybe with some buttons missing or torn and need a little sewing. In mitumba terminology, they are referred to as fagia. Many sellers will use the term to also refer to left over stock.

Getting Started – Bales or Pieces?

As an entrant into the industry, you will find yourself with questions about the best way to get started. Is a bale more profitable than selecting pieces randomly?

Mitumba Bedsheets
Mitumba Bedsheets at a Store in Gikomba

Well, buying a few pieces has a number of advantages for starters. You get an opportunity to select exactly what your market is looking for. You negotiate the prices with your clients’ buying ability in mind.

Some dealers also allow the sharing of bales among two buyers. Still, what you get depends on who is doing the sharing. For instance, in a bale of dresses with 140 pieces, you will have about 60 camera pieces. Sharing them into two, each gets 30 camera dresses.

Mitumba bales sharing
Division of Mitumba bales to smaller packages

However, as you slowly advance in the mitumba trade, you realize that the benefits of obtaining your own bale are so many. In fact, with adequate information, one may decide to go for a bale from day one.

Below are the advantages of mitumba bales over single handpicked items:

1. Mitumba bales are more profitable than single pieces. Just like every other open business, buying in bulk attracts several benefits that translate to more profits.

2. With bales, you have access to the camera items. Every trader opening a bale has their eyes on the camera items. When you buy in single pieces, you either don’t get access to the camera goodies, or you get them at exaggerated prices.

Mitumba Boxers
Mitumba Boxers – Samples picked from a Grade 1 bale

3. Opening your own mitumba bales allows you to sell to both customers and resellers. Once you get a bale, you are at liberty to resell the items to small-scale vendors. For example, if you buy a Grade 1 bale with ladies’ tops, you can resell the camera pieces and keep the less attractive ones inside your shop.

4. You get a rich variety of items. You don’t have to camp at someone’s shop praying that that allow you take home the best from the bale. You can enjoy the freedom of sorting your own items and pricing them accordingly.

5. You are able to get quality, fashionable items

How to Find a Mitumba Supplier

Window shopping for mitumba bales is like panning for gold – it takes time and a lot of homework. It can make or break your business right from the beginning. Some bales wholesalers will be generous enough to help starters make the best choices, in order to retain them as faithful clients in the future.

The most popular mitumba wholesalers in Kenya are located in Nairobi (Gikomba, Muthurwa and Estleigh) and Kongowea in Mombasa County. They all have their sources from overseas countries, mainly Australia, Canada, China and Europe.

Below are some tips to help you in identifying a good mitumba bales dealer:

1. Look for a supplier you can trust. The dynamics of the business will sometimes require you to place orders remotely, and wait for your bales to be delivered via bus or courier services. This means you have to trust the dealer with your capital and with the right choice of bales suitable for you. In other words, TRUST is EVERYTHING in this trade.

Ladies Dresses Mitumba Display
Ladies Dresses Mitumba Shop Display

2. Consult friends already in the business. You will greatly benefit from other people’s experience if you take time to ask a few questions before getting started. Seek counsel from diverse people in the business, including those with failed mitumba businesses.

3. Check Social Media Pages and Online Reviews. One of the best ways to find a trustworthy supplier is through social media. A few mitumba dealers have websites, where you can check for reviews from buyers. There is always a thing or two you will find out from these platforms. Avoid a store that operates in secrecy, without any Social Media page to interact with their clients.

Girls Dresses Mitumba
Mitumba Girls’ Dresses Samples

4. Always buy from the store. As you get started, avoid the temptation of paying for your bales remotely. Insist on visiting the dealer’s store.

5. Join Mitumba Facebook Groups. There are Facebook groups that discuss emerging trends about the mitumba business on a daily basis. In these groups, you get an opportunity to learn from experienced traders as well as stay updated on the dealers to avoid.

Mitumba Bales Prices in Kenya

There are Mitumba items for almost everything. Clothes, toys, shoes, bags, shoes, all with different terminologies used to categorize them accordingly. Since different sellers have different ways of categorizing their bales, it’s always important to seek clarification before placing an order.

The table below shows the latest prices for mitumba bales in Gikomba – Nairobi as at November 2021:

Mitumba Bales for Ladies
Mitumba Type Price (Ksh) No. of Pieces Origin
Ladies Open Sweaters 15,000 120 Canada
Ladies Blazers 15,000 100 Canada
Ladies Fashion Sweaters 12,000 120 Canada
Ladies Rummage Sweaters 16,000 130 Canada
Ladies Jumpsuits 20,000 140 Canada
Ladies Rompers 15,000 130 Canada
Ladies Crème Rubbers 18,000 15 Pairs Canada
Ladies Boots 12,000 24 Pairs Canada
Ladies Mixed Tops 11,000 250 Canada
Ladies Chiffon Tops 19,000 250 Canada
Ladies Cotton Tops 8,000 150 Canada
Cotton Official Blouses 16,000 200 Australia
Poly Silk Blouses 19,000 250 China
Dress Tops 11,000 180 Canada
Denim Blouses 20,000 180 Canada
China Dresses 16,000 140 Canada
Plus Size Dresses 25,000 130 Canada
Short Fancy Dresses 16,000 130 Canada
Polo Dresses 22,000 130 Canada
Indian Dresses 12,000 150 China
Poly Silk Dresses 36,000 130 Canada
Cotton Dresses 25,000 140 Canada
Mixed Dresses 28,000 130 Canada
Three Quarter Pants 12,000 150 Canada
Skinny Jeans 25,000 100 Canada
Hooded T-shirts 10,000 200 Canada
Mixed Skirts 20,000 150 Canada
Heavy Skirts 12,000 100 Canada
Water Fall T-shirts 14,000 200 Canada
Ladies T-shirts 13,000 250 Canada
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