Save big bucks on brand name kids clothes

Gap, Children's Place, Talbots shirts. Gymboree skirt.
Gap, Children's Place, Talbots shirts. Gymboree skirt.

Anyone who has a child knows clothing him or her is one of the biggest expenses you will face. Especially if you are in my position, where my daughter, 4, is my only child thus far and hand-me-downs are limited.

Two Baby Gap sweaters
Two Baby Gap sweaters

For years I longed to dress by precious little girl in Baby Gap, Gymboree, LL Bean, etc. However, since I had to buy a new wardrobe for my growing child every few months, my bank account wouldn’t allow it. How could I justify a pair of $35 jean for a toddler who would outgrow them in a matter of months? So instead, I shopped Target and Old Navy – which was more reasonable, but still added up as well.

Then finally a light bulb – CONSIGNMENT!

Baby Gap shirts
Baby Gap shirts

I found a great consignment store in Warwick – Simply Kids on Route 5. It was the best of both worlds – I could dress my daughter in all of the name brands I wanted (Baby Gap, Talbot Kids, etc.) and save even more money than I was while shopping Target and Old Navy.

2 Gymboree sweaters, 1 talbots sweater
2 Gymboree sweaters, 1 talbots sweater

I have been doing this for several seasons now – and I am constantly amazed at how much quality, brand

name clothes I get for so little. I recently went shopping Saturday and spent $119 for fall/winter. I got three bags of clothes – including 4 pairs of Baby Gap jeans, several Baby Gap tops and sweaters, a Talbots sweater and jean jacket, several Gymboree sweaters and pants, Carter’s pajamas. I can go on and on.  And let me tell you – You would never be able to tell these clothes are second hand – sometimes they even have the tags still on them! I’ve even gotten a Halloween costume and clothes for dance class at consignment.

Talbots denim jacket
Talbots denim jacket

So, here are a few pointers I have figured out while saving money with consignment:

  • Go right when the new season comes out – this way you get the best picks before the supply is picked over. I am on an email list for my consignment store – so I know when the new stuff is in.
  • When you need to buy a new wardrobe (ie: back to school) start with consignment, then if needed, supplement at other stores. For example this summer – I bought most of her clothes at consignment but needed to go to Target for some cotton play clothes for camp.

    Baby Gap Sweater, Gymboree Skirt
    Baby Gap Sweater, Gymboree Skirt
  • Know your brands. If see a pair of Baby Gap jeans for $4.99 – I know that’s a great deal and I buy. But, if there’s a Circo t-shirt (which is a target brand) for $2.99 – I don’t. Why would I buy a used shirt for $2.99 when I can get a new one for $4?
  • And don’t forget – once your child outgrows the clothes – you can always sell them back to the store

Not convinced? Consider this – all of the clothes you see in this entry, all name brands, cost just $119. I think that’s proof enough. 

4 pairs of Gap jeans. 1 pair Gymboree cordoroy
4 pairs of Gap jeans. 1 pair Gymboree cordoroy
Gymboree fleece sweatshirt
Gymboree fleece sweatshirt
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