Sep 11 2013

Shopping for my kids’ fall wardrobes this year

I wanted to get going on the fall/winter wardrobe thing for the kids, even though it’s been record-busting-hot where I live. I took a quick inventory of last year’s items to see if anything still fit, and what else I might need to keep my kids clothed and warmed through the winter.

I really like dressing them in t-shirts and adding a zip-up sweater or hoodie to add warmth. That way, they can wear the t-shirt year-round until they outgrow it/ruin it and just add the sweater when needed (which is even now if my son is blasted with frigid air conditioning in a store or restaurant!).

My first stop was a small semi-annual consignment sale. I went at the beginning of the sale, and returned during 1/2 price time. There, I was able to get some nice things for Vivie, but it was a bigger challenge to find anything for Johnny. I did find a winter coat for him. Oh, and I got a few things for the baby.

I ended up consigning some unwanted clothing and toys, and unfortunately the money I earned just wasn’t worth the time I put into tagging and hanging everything. But, the money earned did help offset what I spent at the sale (I spent more, though).

My next stop was a kids’ resale store near me. The prices were a little higher than at the other sale, but the quality was nice and there was a bigger selection of clothes for Johnny. He’s at that awkward stage where some 5T things fit, but some things he needs the little boys’ department instead, and the fit is slightly different there from what I’ve found. Aww…he’s getting so big!

After that store, I thought I’d try my luck at a recent sale at The Children’s Place. I used Ebates to get 2.5% cash back, had a coupon code, and bought many items that were on sale at the time — things like jeans and other basics. I earned some “Place Cash” with my order, good for $20 off a $40 purchase during a certain time frame.

Unfortunately, I didn’t read the print closely enough and I thought it was a $20 off voucher. I thought I could get $20 off a $20 purchase like you can with Kohl’s Cash. Whoops.

Today I redeemed my Place Cash, but first clicking through Shop At Home where I can get 4% cash back instead of what Ebates is offering (why didn’t I check that sooner?!). I was bummed to see that I couldn’t stack a percent-off coupon code with my Place Cash. Lame. I still think I got decent deals, though.

With that second order, I bought underwear, winter boots, socks, pajamas and the sort. Hopefully, what I’ve purchased should last through uh…I guess April. I bought a few things a size up in case there are growth spurts, and I may end up needing to buy a few other things mid-season/for their birthdays if that’s the case. Oh winter. You are so long. Summer growth spurts are more convenient.

I’m hoping we’ll be happy with our Children’s Place purchases, and others.

How about you? How are you updating your children’s wardrobes this season? And your own wardrobe? 



5 Responses to “Shopping for my kids’ fall wardrobes this year”

  1. We went to a local thrift store and I was really disappointed with the quality. I ended up finding a couple shirts for my girls but the majority of clothing was stained or torn. Why would people donate clothes that really needed to just be put in the trash and why the store even bothered to put them out, I just don’t understand. We’ve gone there before and had found plenty of nice clothes. So anyways, I was a little disappointed. My mom took my girls shopping for their birthdays and bought them new shoes and some clothes and we still had a lot from last year that will fit. Usually around January I’ll clean out their closets again and probably need to do a little more shopping to replace items that are worn, stained or outgrown.

  2. 5T?! How is he that big! I can’t believe it. :(

    I love shopping for kids’ clothes!

  3. I’ve tried volunteering and consigning at various times at different consignment sales and neither seemed worth it to me. I have a friend who volunteers every single time b/c she says the girls clothes get picked over – but I just haven’t noticed a difference in shopping early or shopping late. Maybe b/c all I buy are t-shirts and shorts for boys and those are pretty basic!

    I have liked getting all of the season’s shopping out of the way in one fell swoop though and have just found a better selection with almost as cheap of prices at local consignment stores for kids.

    I have shopped Gymboree when my MIL has given me gymbucks but I don’t love their heavily appliqued clothes. I’ll have to check out The Children’s Place. We have one of those at the outlet mall near us but I’ve never really been there!

  4. Experience has taught me that shopping for children is very difficult. Things I buy usually are too big or small to fit in that season and end up going to waste. How do I manage, then, you ask? My sister passes along lots of wear-able hand-me-downs that I use. Apart from that, generous family members gift us clothes too. Of course, I can’t always rely on that and have to learn the art of shopping someday…

    Since children grow out of their clothes quickly, it’s best not to spend too much on branded items and to wait a bit for end-of-season sales to buy items for the next year. Helps save a lot of money.

  5. I’m making a list of things my son will need for the winter. We’re lucky in that my cousin gave me her little boy’s entire wardrobe, so we have most everything. Just need some winter boots, a hat, gloves, and a pair of snowpants. Any recommendations on brands for winter boots that are good for being outside for a long time? We’re in Chicago, so likely Pittsburgh weather is fairly similar and I thought you might have some good suggestions.

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