I have twins. Boy/girl twins to be exact. There is a contract you have to sign right after their birth that you agree to dress them up real cute so everyone oooos and ahhhs when you walk down the street. (not really but sometimes it feels like it)
Hello my name is Mandy and I am a kids’ clothing addict. I freely admit that my kids dress better than I do most days.
If you are like me then it’s around that time of year where you start thinking about your kids fall clothes. You might be thinking, “ok I really need to go through that box in the basement and start sorting through the clothes they can fit into this year”. Then after you do that you might be me and think that half of it they can’t wear now that they have grown a foot in a year (what have I been feeding them?)
And if this is you (or me) you might be feeling that pang to go shopaholic crazy. I’ve already admitted it above, but children’s clothing really is an addiction…promise!
I’m not really sure how this happened. But I will say it didn’t happen overnight. It gradually became worse and worse. But, before you give me a hard time about their closets, I have another little confession I’d like to make:
I don’t pay retail for their clothes.
Let me repeat: I don’t pay retail for their clothes.
There is a PLETHORA of ways to have your kids in designer digs and get out at a fraction of the cost. And I’m about to fill you in on this wonderful magical world.
1. Consignment Sales
If you have never been I’m either about to terrify you or make your week. This is hands down the #1 place to start. You can start with http://www.kidsconsignmentsales.com/ and find local sales in your area. The gist is you can get high name brand clothing at 50-75% off retail. And let’s be honest, it’s kids stuff. Most of it has never been worn or lightly worn- especially when you are talking about baby or toddler things. And from there you can pick your sale – some are church sales, some, like Encores, are the mothership consignment sales and super-huge(and kinda terrifying, or awesome). And some, like Little Sprouts, are a niche sale and only sell high end designer clothing. Oh and they also have 50% off days too. See where I’m going? As long as you are picky and take your time getting the “good” stuff, it’s well worth it. Start here.
2. Buy/Sell/Trade Boards
Did you know these existed? I didn’t either until about a year ago. Facebook is home to many Buy/Sell/Trade boards that are brand specific. There are several for Gymboree, a couple for Matilda Jane, Jelly the Pug, Persnickety, and many as well for only higher end boys clothing. So what is this exactly? You post a picture of an item you want to sell. Another person that wants that item puts their paypal email in the comment box. Seller then emails buyer a PayPal invoice and item gets shipped directly to them. It’s kind of like ebay but much more personal and brand specific. My favorite links are listed at the bottom. Again with this…great deals. You have to be quick though. Some of these mommies are hard core.
Did you know there was a whole underground world of buy/sell/trade of kids boutique clothing items on here as well? It’s such an easy-peasy way to shop. It’s kind of the same thing as the Facebook boards but through Instagram. I have been a buyer/seller here for almost a year and met such a wonderful group of mommies and my kids have way too many clothes. Ha, ha! Seriously though, it’s so easy and there are so many shops out there now you can just follow a few and see what’s out there. And if you are wondering about the condition of items on the Buy/Sell/Trade boards, the condition is required to be listed on each and you are welcome to ask questions and ask for more photos. Most things are final sale, but you are getting such a great deal on high end items. Again, I have listed my favorite shops below.
There is always a children clothing market on ebay. You can get some good deals. But I just don’t have the time to wait around on auctions. I have toddler twins, natch.
Last but not least, make friends! If you are a fan of the home party clothing brands, like Matilda Jane., make friends with your trunk keeper. She has two consignment sales each season and has an entire basement full of Matilda Jane at awesome prices. She is also on top of any 40% flash sales they might have and emails me pronto.
So, there you have it. A poor girls guide to dressing your kids like little dolls. Yes, it may seem silly, but they are only young once! It’s such a small window of time when you are allowed to dress them before they start picking out “who knows what” to wear. Happy shopping!!
Facebook pages to follow:
Instagram shops to follow: