Wednesday, 24 September 2008
As the seasons shift, so do my kids' wardrobes. I absolutely love shopping for my kids and getting clothing for them. Not sure why it's so much fun, but it is. I guess I love how easy it is - I know the size, I like it, I buy it. Not too much trying on, and neither of them are too opinionated. R just particularly likes anything that has a sports item on it - baseball, basketball, football, soccer... take your pick. He's easy to please! And now that I have A I have fun with a little girl, buying all of the little accessories and dresses, etc.
We're a young family on a budget, and I determined long ago that I was not going to spend a lot of money on my kids' clothes. When R was young I did a lot of garage saling, but now that I have two, it's a lot of work to go with both kids, and it's so hit or miss that I got frustrated after awhile and decided to find other options. A few years ago 2 ladies in my area decided to hold a twice annual children's consigment sale and it is awesome! Last year they had over 100 people consign, and they have it so organized. They have everything hung on racks by gender and size, they have tables of toys and shoes, and racks of coats. Everything has to be in good condition and priced appropriately. It's like walking into a store, but everything is about $1 or $2. Last year I bought Gap and Children's Place jeans for $2 each for R and I've always bought him Carter's brand winter coats there for about $5. They always look brand new and I appreciate it so much! I always tell them that if they decided to stop doing it to let me know - I'll find a few friends and take it over!!
The other thing that I do is shop off season for them. Children's place is one of my favorite stores to go to for this. I usually get 15 or 20% off coupons in the mail every few weeks and they have what they call their "Monster Sale" at end of season. The majority of their clothing racks are $2.99 and under and they also usually have tights for girls for $0.99 and shoes for $2.99. When I use a coupon on top of that I get a lot of clothing for not much money. I also buy basics at Target when they have their sale items. I've gotten so used to spending so little on clothes for them, that I wandered into a name brand store one time and I about fell over when I saw the prices.
Anyone else on a budget when it comes to shopping for your children's clothing? How do you stay within your budget? Where and how do you shop?