The other week I asked about end of season sales for children’s clothing, who uses them to stock up and what your experiences have been with guessing sizes. They were some great comments here and on Facebook and a few people even emailed me. I’ll share a few of the responses with you:
- I used to shop these sales extensively for clothing for my six children. I also used to store up clothing from thrift stores and garage sales a couple of years in advance for each child. Over time this became a complexity nightmare. I would end up forgetting what I have in storage no matter how carefully I organized it. I don’t think I saved any money because I would end up getting rid of 75% of what I had when I became overwhelmed and began simplifying, or someone would give me clothing and I would be overwhelmed trying to sort out clothing for six children. – Tiffani (by email)
- My best advice is: take advantage of the sale if it is less than half price and only buy 2-3 items of the same kind, this way you can save it for the second kid. – Charlotte (blog comments)
- I used to try and pick up items “for next year”, but now I don’t. It always seemed like when next year came around, we were gifted (generous grandparents!) or received hand-me-downs from nieces and just had way too many clothes. – Melissa (blog comments)
- It’s a must for our family. I never pay full price for our clothes, and buying new is a rarity. When things are purchased new, it’s on clearance. 90% of the time my daughter is clothed in brand names and recent styles for children, but instead of getting them new, I’ll always buy up a size used. Nice when Goodwill has 1$ prices on all clothing under size 4T. Got some adorable Polo jeans that sold for 95$ last year for a whole buck. That sort of thing I’ll always buy for next year. I can always sell it if it doesn’t fit. – Memie (Facebook)
Once again, every family finds what works for them. We’re not all the same, we have different needs, different numbers of children, ages and sizes of children. Some families live in areas with drastic climate changes during the years. Others live in more temperate cities and don’t need to switch out clothing. I also think we naturally gravitate towards our strengths. If you’re highly organized and are savvy with reselling clothing you can turn end of season sales into a money making venture.
Reading about all of these different systems helps me keep my mind open about my own plans.
One thing that will not change: do a thorough wardrobe review before buying anything new.
Before I even made a list of what Henry already had for fall I had mentally, and verbally to Chris, committed to buying 2-3 new pairs of jeans or chords for him.
After determining what still fits, and what is too lightweight to keep in rotation, I think he should be fine as is. No need to add any pants to his wardrobe. So, until those jeans are mid-shin or don’t button up, he’s wearing them.
Wardrobe List for a Toddler
- 6 x jeans/pants
- 5 x pajamas
- 1 hooded sweatshirt
- 1 button down shirt
- 1 sweater vest
- 2 t-shirts
- 3 polo shirts
- 6 long sleeve t-shirts
- 3 onesies
- fleece jacket
- rain jacket
- rain suit
- walking shoes
If our laundry system didn’t require 24 hours + per load we could probably get by with less. We’re a touch over Project 333 requirements but I’m not sweating it. This is what works for us right now, this season and at this age. Our outerwear list feels long but… we don’t have a car. Or a very big home. We’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors through a rainy season. Proper clothing and footwear can make those outdoor adventures fun, instead of cold and miserable.
We are sad to see summer go. The horse tram shut down for the winter the other weekend. No more horse hoof sounds outside our window or tram drivers waving to us as we walk along the Prom. Chris and I took Henry on a few farewell rides. I’m irked I never got a good photo of all of us on the tram but here’s Henry on one of the last runs. We actually used the service both for fun and function: it was a convenient way to get to the park without the stroller.
So who else tackled kid’s wardrobes recently? Anyone drastically reducing for the first time? I switched out my own clothing as well and will have a post about it soon. One thing I really like about the process of unearthing last winter’s clothing: feels like shopping. The best kind of shopping because it’s free and you already have space for it.
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