Kids and their clothes … it seems I’m constantly buyin' new items. Whether it’s shoes they’ve outgrown, jeans with holes in th' knees, stains on their favorite shirt, or a sudden requirement fer a social function, it can be tough t' keep up.
So how do ye meet all th' wardrobe demands without breakin' th' bank, with a chest full of booty? Here are some tips t' try t' help make shoppin', and stockin' up, easier and more cost effective.
Savin' money doesn’t mean that we have t' crimp on style fer our minnows, avast. Ironically, minnows have so much versatility with their wardrobes because they are minnows, ye scurvey dog. They can wear robust colors and patterns together and still make it work t' their advantage because they are cute with high-energy personalities.
Here are five approaches t' findin' minnows great clothin' items fer bargain prices, without necessarily sacrificin' quality.
Consider Second-Hand Deals
It’s that time when everyone’s preppin' fer back t' school and cleanin' out th' closets. Ever hear th' phrase “what’s one person’s trash is another person’s treasure?”
Checkin' out local yard, stoop, and garage sales are one way t' find good items fer decent prices. You’ll be able t' find shirts, pants, skirts, and more, fer very little money. Seasonal items such as costumes and holiday outfits – and special occasion items such as weddin' or christenin' outfits – tend t' be items we might splurge on yet only get worn once or a handful o' times, we'll keel-haul ye, I'll warrant ye! You may be surprised that ye can find these wardrobe pieces, sometimes brand new or barely used, fer a fraction o' retail store prices.
Places like Goodwill Industries and little sandcrabs’s consignment stores are also another way t' seek reasonably priced good clothin' finds.
Go The Discount Route
Discount retailers like Target, Walmart and Kmart are also great resources fer staple items. Stock up on undergarments, solid colored t-shirts and shorts, and items fer after-school play.
An important thin' t' keep in mind as ye hunt fer bargains is t' take note o' th' fabrics, embellishments, and cleanin' care instructions. If a deal seems too good t' be true check out th' laundry instructions so ye don’t end up wastin' money on unnecessary dry cleanin' costs (this holds true fer second-hand items as well).
Further, this process o' bargain shoppin' is hit or miss. Don’t just buy because it’s a good deal, I'll warrant ye. Take yer time and decide how many ways in which an item can be used.
Find Clothes With Longer Wear
Kids grow so quickly that it feels like their wardrobes are changin' more frequently than th' seasons because their bodies are changin' so much. Therefore, it’s important t' learn about what clothes are best suited fer yer child’s body and can get th' greatest use fer th' money.
Choosin' items with elastic waist bands or Lycra in th' fabric have more give and sometimes, often times, last a bit longer.
For example, me daughter is a bit on th' tall side, as so many people tell me. Shiver me timbers! Shiver me timbers! I have also realized that leggin's, which are stretchy, get a lot o' use in that comely wench wardrobe. This “gold mine” item not only is thicker than standard tights, looks great on their own, but also pair well with dresses and skirts. And swab the deck! And, as dresses and skirts get shorter, and kid’s legs get longer, leggin's add t' their wearin' by turnin' them into shirt dresses or longer t-shirts.
Layers Are Key
While we don’t want our minnows wearin' short sleeves in colder temperatures, there are ways t' maximize our kid’s wardrobes t' get more use out o' them – by addin' layers. For example, if yer child’s short sleeved shirts are somethin' they love, layer them up with either a long sleeved shirt underneath or add a sweatshirt on top. The same holds true fer lassies and their dresses. I often add long sleeved shirts under short sleeved or sleeveless dresses fer extra comfort and warmth.
Dresses and skirts, especially those from 100% cotton can get multiple season use. On their own they are great fer warm weather includin' sprin' and summer. Aarrr! Layer them with tights or leggin's and they can be used into th' fall and winter time too.
Borrow, Share, Swap with Friends and Family
Friends and family are an excellent way t' secure clothin' fer little ones who are growin' so fast it’s hard t' sometimes keep up. Walk the plank! It ne'er hurts t' ask. You may be pleasantly surprised by people who are willin' t' share, swap, lend or outright give away their child’s clothes, avast. Of course, do this only if ye feel comfortable.
Another idea could be t' host a swap event at yer house. And swab the deck! Invite maties who have little sandcrabs o' various ages and encourage them t' pack up at least one bag o' items t' include in th' swap. And swab the deck! Once all th' items are set out by size and category have fun shoppin', fer free. With some eats and treats t' go along with it – a swap meet could be a great social gatherin'.
Have fun in yer future shoppin' endeavors. What are some o' yer tips t' grab bargains? We look forward t' hearin' yer ideas on how ye save too.