I admit that I can splurge on beautiful clothing for my kids.
I like pretty things. They like pretty things. Our closets have exploded in dresses some seasons. I like quality clothing and fine fabrics. I’m a kids clothing snob. I know this. I own this.
I admit to my sins.
But I have reformed somewhat because while I like my kids to look nice and have a closet of pretties..I realize that perhaps paying for college one day should trump buying the finest dresses from France.
Anyway – you can still dress your kids like a princess in the finest boutique fashions on a budget if you truly try harder. I’m trying.
Here are some tips.
1. Buy used – we have a few great consignment and used clothing shops here. I have also found Oilily and Mini Boden and many other brands at the local thrift stores. Yes, it takes some time to dig but you will get name brand boutique merchandise for pennies on the dollar truly. I go thrifting and to consignment shops about one per month.
2. Buy on eBay. Now you will not always get a bargain but many times you will be surprised at the deals you can get. Also if you don’t care about what season an item is from you can score last years ‘must have’ Euro $200 dress for less than $50.
3. Participate and shop at a local weekend kid clothing swap/sale. These have popped up everywhere over the last few years.
4. Garage sales. I admittedly am not a huge fan of scouring garage sales as the boutique clothing is few and far between but if you are looking for some basics this is a great way to go.
5. Clothing co-ops – get a group of friends together with your own ‘issues’ with buying upscale kids clothing and organize a shop/buy night for you all to buy each other’s goodies. It’s new to you!
6. Buy off-season. Right now most Winter clothing is 50-70% off so you can buy ahead for next year.
7. Sell your kids gently used clothing on eBay. I find that consignment stores don’t pay enough to make it worth my time so I would rather just donate, but my finer items I sell on eBay and then just use those funds to buy next season’s new wardrobe. It’s kind of like free that way, right?
8. Buy quality to hand-down or sell. As much as I love a cute Target top or cardigan – I also know it’s usually just like throwing money down the drain(don’t tell them I said that). I can usually find a similar(better) item at Crewcuts or Gap or Boden on sale that really doesn’t cost that much more but will last through wash after wash and still look awesome to resell or hand down thus costing less in the long-run.
9. Learn to sew! Upcycling is huge right now.
10. Keep current on store coupons and what will stack and only buy on sale. There are many times that you can stack coupons and sales. Always wait for a sale.
11. Host a party for a brand of clothing that you love. House parties are on the rise again. Brands like Matilda Jane Clothing have local trunk keepers – so invite your friends over and you can earn free clothing for yourself and your kids!
Have fun shopping!! Do you have any other tips you use to buy the best for less?
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