I am a bit picky. I like soft, 100% cotton clothes without words or appliqued things on them. Nothing cutesy. I prefer bright and colorful.
Any advice? I've checked out all the local consignment shops, but didn't get too lucky.
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 11) in a small house with a lot of love.
If you put your name on their mailing list they send coupons about 2x a month for additional 20-25%off. They have some kind of sale every month and I usually head for the 70%off part of the store, so with the coupons I get items for as little as a $1!!!
Try to look up their store.
I've recently begun surfing ebay and have gotten some really good deals on both new and used clothes that are in excellent condition. It's a little overwhelming, like drinking from Niagara Falls with a teaspoon because there's a ton of listings, but since I know I want one-piece outfits in size 12-24 months, I can use the search features of ebay to narrow down my categories, then I can do searches for brands I like (Lands' End, Carter's, etc.). I always pay attention to shipping costs and see if I can get lots or more than one item from the same seller to combine shipping. There is a Carter's outlet about an hour away from me but since ds hates the car so much it's too stressful to go up there. But a lot of ebaying sellers live near the outlets and sell stuff NWT (new with tags) from the outlets....I figure I'm still saving money over retail as long as shipping costs are low if I buy their stuff from ebay.
Whew, what a novel! I hope you find some good stuff cheap!
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A friend of mine just showed me her Hannah Anderson sale catalog - pretty reasonable prices - lots of stuff at 60% off. It has great clothes for both boys and girls and lots of bright bright colors, stripes, solids, etc.
I forgot to note that we also shop the Bargain Barn? at Rugged Bear. I LOVE Rugged Bear clothes, they're all cotton, very well-made, durable, bright, no silly appliques, etc. Is there a store out in western Mass?
I do quite a bit of shopping on e-bay myself and have purchased large lots (20 items or more) for as low as $20 and find a lot of great outfits for lounging to wearing to an event.
Most of my weekends are spent yardsaling but it is a hobby for me and look forward to planing and going. Its 'my' time if you know what I mean.
It helps to be a regular - I cruise by once every couple weeks. Some have a special half off day once a month. While some stuff is over-used sometimes it's in pristine condition with tags. I buy what meets my standards and leave the rest.
I still brag about the Hanna's playsuit I snagged for two bucks - there I go again!
I too am picky because I don't want my little guy to turn into a billboard. I use my seam ripper to remove logos (and the occasional small applique) when necessary.
We were lucky and hit the jackpot - one of my SO's friends has a 3 year old boy who was born in December. Since Gavin was born in Jan, he fits into about the same seasonally appropriate things. We came home from their house with 2398752 outfits.
Evergreen- Loving my girls Dylan age8, Ava age 4 and baby Georgia (6/3/11).
I like Hanna Andersson (sp?) and Gymboree. (That's when the grandparents are buying, ha ha.) Great quality, and they tend to have plain basics and bright colors. I've also found things at cheaper mall-type stores like Target.