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Thoughts on buying children’s clothes August 13, 2011

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When my 6yo son, Adam, was younger, I bought a majority of his clothing at garage sales (not including shoes, underwear, and some outerwear). As he’s gotten older, it’s gotten more difficult to find clothing in his size at yard sales.

Gradually I have shifted over to buying his clothes new. It’s been interesting to discover which stores give me the most bang for my buck. In the past, I have bought a lot of jeans and t-shirts at Target, because their prices are reasonable to begin with and their clearance prices can be really fantastic.

However, I’ve slowly realized that shopping at higher-end clothing stores can be just as affordable, especially if I use coupon codes and cash-back sites like Ebates or Shopathome. I just got an email from Children’s Place showing that you can get jeans for $10.20 (toddler sizes less expensive) and graphic tees for $4.25 when you use a coupon code. Need to factor in their $5 flat shipping charge (occasionally I can get free shipping) but also factor in cash back through Ebates.

Time will tell if jeans from Children’s Place are any better than Target jeans, but there are certain clothes at Target that I don’t care for anymore — like their Cherokee t-shirts — so it’s fun to see what I can get at other stores for comparable prices.

 

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3 Responses to “Thoughts on buying children’s clothes”

  1. Sabrina Says:

    I have started shopping for my son and daughters clothes on Ebay. I look for lots. I can normally get 4 or 5 pairs of jeans, some play some nice for around 7$ plus 5$ shipping. Not to bad but it depends on what you want.

    With whats about to happen to the dollar (save your nickels) I am stocking up on the kids clothes a few sizes larger so that we wont have to buy them in the next few years. Imports will be MUCH more expensive so any of that Made in China stuff is going to be a problem.

    The older they get the harder it is to find clothes at yard sales because people dont really buy them so people dont put them out, they just donate them… I have done this very thing. Though since the dollar is having problems I expect we will see many more yard sales and MANY more items being sold rather than donated.

  2. glip Says:

    Thanks for the tip – I often get neighborhood hand-me-downs for my girls and then supplement with clothes from Target and Marshalls. I have to say that the hand-me-downs from Gymboree and The Children’s Place continue to do really well…I think they’re built to last. Good to know that you can find ways to make them affordable new as well, especially as they get older!

  3. thats a good tip! I’ve been thinking I should look into one of those rebate programs or whatever they’re referred to! : ) as a mom of 3, 2 of which are boys, who are notoriously hard on clothes, let alone ones to pass down… I’d like things to last through the 2nd boy if it’s possible! And I feel like with target they get worn fast, sometimes.


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