Shopping in itself can be quite a task but when you are shopping for your children it seems like an all-day adventure. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when shopping for children’s clothing. These factors include price, quality and durability as well as multi-purpose use.
You obviously want to get the most bang for your buck when you are purchasing clothing for your children. If you have multiple children in your home then you hope that you can store the clothing and pass them down to younger kids
When storing the clothing you will want to wash them and then fold them nicely. Store them in an air-tight storage bin and label the bin with a post it note or sharpie marker. Write the size of clothing and the season. This will help you stay organized.
The best time to shop for your child’s clothing is when there are sales. If you have a favorite store that you really like shopping at then make sure you follow them on social media and sign up for email alerts. If the store offers an app then download that as well. Many times those apps will feature coupons that you cannot get anywhere else. When you take advantage of store sales then you can usually get far more clothing for the same price if you went on a non-sale day.
You will want to keep your daughter’s wardrobe versatile so that she can wear the clothing for most occasions. When purchasing girls shirts you should stick to ones that can match several pairs of pants, capris, shorts and skirts. If you get ones that are heavily patterned and only match one specific bottom then you are limiting her wardrobe and the uses out of those shirts. Boys clothing is typically much easier to match to multiple pieces at once since most of the boy’s clothing line is the same colors in repetition.
Another great way to save a lot of money on children’s clothing is to purchase resale. Many resale shops also offer discount days where you can save money on the already low prices that resale offers. In some cases if you search the racks you can even find pieces with original store tags on them. This means you are getting brand new for a small fraction of the cost.
If resale shopping isn’t your thing but you don’t mind second hand clothing then join a local kids clothing swap. This is an event where local parents get together with clothing that their children have outgrown. They often meet at someone’s house where light refreshments are served. Everyone puts their clothing into piles and each person who shows goes around and selects pieces for their own children. This is a great way to get rid of clothing your child or children do not wear anymore and obtain new pieces for their wardrobes.
The clothing that you do acquire for your child should be durable. You do not want thin fabric with bad stitching. This will often only wash and wear a few times before it comes apart. You will spend more time mending pieces then you really want to. Better brands will typically last longer. It is more economical to purchase second hand of a high quality brand then brand new of a cheap brand that will not last. You should also make sure that the pieces you add to your child’s wardrobe can be worn through several seasons with the proper layering techniques. This will expand the wardrobe and stretch each dollar spent.