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Old 08-04-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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This is our situation, too.  We have no one to get hand-me-downs from, and though I have looked at second-hand shops around here, I have never been impressed--they charge a lot for cheap stuff that is already falling apart.  I also just don't have time to constantly check up on these shops (they are not nearby, and we only have one car so weekends are the ONLY time I can do errands, and even then I'd rather be doing something else).  I keep toying with Hanna Andersson but, I don't know, they just seem so pricey even if they do hold up.  I ended up going with LL Bean and Land's End.  We've had really good luck with these before and they are slightly cheaper than the Hannas.  Other than knit, legging-style pants, I have not had a lot of luck at Target.  The threads/stitching seem to always come undone and sometimes the cut is off, which is frustrating.

 

In case anyone is curious, I got this dress in every shade: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/66383?feat=627-CL1 and two more from Land's End http://www.landsend.com/pp/JerseyDress~223936_1187.html?bcc=y&action=order_more&sku_0=::CPS&CM_MERCH=IDX_Girls-_-DressesSkirtsSkorts&origin=index.  I also got some tights, some lined jeans, some turtle neck shirts, some Moc style shoes, and some knitted leg warmers from Etsy.  I only buy clothes twice a year for dd.  Whatever we buy in the Fall has to last until Spring (I just layer turtlenecks, sweaters, and leg warmers in the winter).

 

Thanks, everyone, for your insight.  It was much appreciated and quite helpful!


Those dresses are so cute!! Thanks for the link

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We do the children's stores in our local mall and the children's sections in the big stores there during sale seasons.  We also do Ross for a few things but they don't usually have much for kids that my dd likes.  For shoes I do Payless.  The shoes are cheap there so it doesn't bother me to have to get more every few months.  Usually my dd needs new shoes anyways because her feet grow quickly.  We sometimes do the sale section of LLBean also.

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oh, and if you have a giant eagle, I usually try to purchase the gift card through there so I get fuel perks as well.


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I rarely hit up malls, as the indoor thing really bothers me and they smell funny.  Really they do.  But I just went and I found so many great deals.  I went to the one on the south side of SA and apparently people don't go to shop there, just hang out so the racks were full and the clearance was unreal.  Of course when I came out someone was trying to open the door of my van but that's what  you get for great deals I guess... Too bad they didn't get in, I'd love to get a new car with better A/C...   Dang!  Next time I'm taking the mustang.  A horrible purchase by my husband when he turned 30, 5yrs ago.  Like we're going to fit three kids in that thing!!!

 

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My kid is an only child with no hand-me-downs so I buy everything for him. I live in a full 4 season climate so we tend to need lots of different things.  I never pay retail and only buy new at huge discounts.  I agree with the previous poster about second-hand stores, go with the idea of finding "something" not necessarily what you need right now.  I have never had luck at Goodwill/Value Village types of places but huge success at small independent consignment stores where I could put together a 3 piece outfit for about $12.  

 

One of my favorite brands is Children's Place but I only buy at the outlet mall when they are having a big sale. I did a lot of Carter's, Osh Kosh, and Hanna Andersson over the years too but he is now outgrowing most of the stuff in their stores.  Now I'm heading towards Land's End and L.L. Bean and REI products, quality over quantity is how I like to do it.

 

I have always purchased good deals in advance even if it might take him 2 years to grow into it.  My kid has gone through a ton of clothes over the years and most of them were dirt cheap because I bought some ridiculously price clearanced item long before he could wear it.

 

I know you have girls, but we went with the Sketchers brand for shoes for a few years because they held up so well but then he said they were making his feet hurt.  So we went with a pair of Merrells for the past 6 months and just bought him a pair of Keens yesterday.  Yep, I insist on LOW prices for clothing but will pay full and high prices for shoes!  None of us tend to have big shoe wardrobes, mostly just the basics and what is necessary but high quality and comfort.

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I am not judging you here, but I am honestly boggled by how people find money to buy new clothes.  I shop second hand for myself and my children. 



I feel lucky that where we live we're able to second-hand shop quite successfully, but I know in other places (I'm thinking where my parents live, for example) there's a different "2nd hand culture", and in those shops you just end up paying waaay too much for stuff that's already quite worn-out.  I think it must vary a lot depending on where you live.


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I am not judging you here, but I am honestly boggled by how people find money to buy new clothes.  I shop second hand for myself and my children.  My children and I wear hand-me-downs whenever possible.  I do buy some new clothes at local clothing stores, on the internet, or at Target or Sears in the next-biggest town (we are rural).  I am cheap, though.  I just can't spend more than $20 on any garment as a general rule, and if I get that high, it's usually a pair of pants for me.

 

Anyway, I have some friends and family that hand me down stuff for the kids, and then I shop mostly second hand, but also at K-mart and Target, etc. if I need a specific item.  When my grandparents give my kids birthday or Christmas money I will buy Hanna Andersson for them -- I love how they are natural fibers, well-made, ethically produced, and they last forever.

 

I have mostly been concerned with finding soft-soled, sturdy shoes for my kids so far, and I have been happy with Target (often Circo) for that.


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oh and I buy new stuff, but I do NOT buy anything even remotely close to 20 dollars, unless it's a dress/pants for me.. but even that is a rarity. My kids usually don't get anything over 10 dollars, and for that it's normally jeans..


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Does anyone buy from LL Bean? I guess it's harder to catalog shop for kids than adults. I'm just wondering, I know they don't have a lot in selction or style - kind of bland but I would think the quality would be good. I'm thinking of buying DS a few staples, things that he is hard on like jeans and maybe a sturdy jacket, he doesn't need a winter coat where we live, one well made, in between jacket ought to do it.

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We live about an hour from the Branson outlet malls, so we head there twice a year to shop.  I tend to buy really good quality items for ds1 in hopes that the other two will be able to eventually wear them.  We have some outfits that I bought from Gymboree in 2006 that ds3 is wearing now and they look practically new!  The Gap Kid's outlet is by far the best as far as quality and outlet pricing goes, but we also hit up the Gymbo outlet, the Old Navy outlet, TCP outlet, and the Carter's store (I LOVE Carter's).  I've purchased shoes from the Stride Rite outlet before, but they, literally, fell apart before spring.

 

I also like Target for basics (solid t-shirts for layering, pajamas, although Carter's usually has amazing deals on pjs, socks, undies, etc).  I also tend to buy all their spring/summer shoes there since we live in cheap flip flops.  I've bought shoes (non-sandals) there before and was pleased with them, though.

 

I like Land's End for winter outerwear.  I almost always find a coupon code floating around online for them and I don't mind spending $70 on a really warm down coat when I know ds1 will get two winters out of it and it will be used by ds2 for at least one more (and it is still in such good shape that I bet ds2 gets 2 winters out of it and ds 3 gets at least 1).  When you factor that out over the course of its use, it turns out to be $14-23 a year.  I could've easily spent that buying a cheap coat from Target or Wal-Mart each year.


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Does anyone buy from LL Bean? I guess it's harder to catalog shop for kids than adults. I'm just wondering, I know they don't have a lot in selction or style - kind of bland but I would think the quality would be good. I'm thinking of buying DS a few staples, things that he is hard on like jeans and maybe a sturdy jacket, he doesn't need a winter coat where we live, one well made, in between jacket ought to do it.



The few things I've bought for dd through LL Bean have held up really well.  I've done both jeans and coats, and I have been really impressed.


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Love the LL Bean dresses from a PP.

 

We get a lot, too much really, of clothes for DD from a friend. I have noticed that lately the clothes are getting to be a bit, meh, older looking than I'd like for DD, so I am keeping an eye on what we get from that friend and keeping the simpler shirts/shorts/jeans and giving away the rest. I just am not a fan of half shirts over tank tops for the 5-to-6-year-old set. And shoes with heels? irked.gif YMMV, of course. I still like Osh Kosh and Carters for DD. Carters tops seem to be well made and hold up against my messy eater's spills. thumb.gif Once in a while we'll go to H&M, Old Navy, the Gap for sale items if we are near a mall. H&M has super cute, age-appropriate dresses that aren't too frumpy. Lands' End sometimes, same for LL Bean. Their clothes always seem so boxy to me, although that shape does still work on DD's body type for now.

 

We've had good luck with leggings from Basic Brilliance in the past, when DD was a toddler. I haven't looked much but also haven't found any leggings in stores we shop (Target, Kohls, etc.) so will likely turn back to BB for some new pairs this autumn. I plan to use DD's old pairs on DS this fall, especially under snow pants. They are so much easier to slip on over leggings than bulky jeans or cords! http://www.basicbrilliance.com/girls-cotton-leggings.html

 

For shoes, we did See Kai Run until this year, when I just couldn't justify the wear and tear vs. the price. DD just got a pair of what look like pretty durable, and are washable, sneaks from Stride Rite. After having to return a pair of sandals that just plain broke after a few weeks of wear and having the fabric rip out of the toe of a pair of not-very-old sneakers (both Circo brand from Target) I am less likely to go cheap on shoes for her since she is hard on them more now than when she was younger. (Or we just picked the least-well made pairs at Target!).

 

Lots of family/friends have given us hand-me-downs for DS, and I have a good amount of gender-neutral stuff saved from DD for him. I'll probably approach his clothes/shoes the same way: spend on shoes more than clothes, except for winter coats. We need good quality winter gear here to ward off cabin fever! It sounds ridiculous to talk about Columbia brand winter coats for toddlers, but we do a lot of winter hiking, and it keeps them warm! Campmor.com has great off-season deals.

 

 


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We buy some LL Bean clothes. Dresses, fleece jackets, a couple pairs of pants, everything has held up really well. And their lunch boxes get a thumbs up from me as well. 


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We have lots of stuff from Target, Kohls, JCPenny, Old Navy, and Gymboree. Oh and my 6 year old has discovered Justice, so we have several things from there, too.


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Just went back to school shopping this weekend and we had a great time. We have decided to change DS1's school from the uniform-requiring magnet school he has gone to for K-1st to our neighborhood school which does not have a uniform policy. That meant buying a whole lot more of "regular" school clothes so we went to GAP kids, Gymboree, and Macy's. We do jeans, mainly, at GAP because they fit my slim DS well. I like tops from Gymboree, and DS loves Polo so that is why we have to hit Macy's. They are all having pretty nice sales right now. I like to buy shoes at Nordstrom shoe department because they have excellent customer service. The boys get a balloon and I get a thank you note in the mail. I usually buy my boys Geox and Ecco because they are well made and durable. Sometimes Crazy 8 and H&M have on trend items for super cheap. I am finishing my shopping online at 77kids and Hartstrings because since there are no brick and mortar stores here in CA, I can get some unique pieces for the boys this way. 

 

I buy very nice clothes, shoes, and handbags for myself so I would feel really quite awful dressing my boys in what I would consider raggedy clothes (like what I and my siblings grew up wearing) while spending so much on myself.  Also I save some things to hand down from DS1 to DS2 but I try to limit that as well because my younger sister is still traumatized to this day from having to wear so many hand me downs that were raggedy when I had them and were even more so by the time she got a hold of them. I don't want my boys to feel embarrassed about their clothes like my siblings and I did.

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For new clothes, I love Target for the price and cuteness :)  The Children's Place is nice quality, lots of cotton and decent prices if you shop the sales.  I would rather shop at the 2nd hand kid shops like Once Upon A Child.  My absolute fave is hand me downs-Score!  Kids go through clothes so fast, that it makes more frugal sense to me.


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When I do need new clothes that I haven't found in a thrift store I like H&M. You cannot buy online from them though. Their stuff is cute (although recently a lot of hello kitty, but still a lot of plain/blank stuff). Good prices too : pair of organic cotton Tshirts for $10 etc
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