I need an afforadable place to go clothes shopping for four kids who are in need of clothes and shoe

Gretchen - posted on 08/29/2009 ( 104 moms have responded )

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I'm looking for an affordable place to go clothes shopping for four kids who are in need of shirts, jeans, shoes etc. Does any one have any ideas that maybe affordable for a mom on a tight budget? Help please.

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Rose - posted on 08/30/2009

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Look for clothes on freecycle. www.freecycle.org. It is free to join. All you have to do is pick them up. You take what you want and freecycle the rest. Walmarts and Targets are great also. Kmart has lay away. Gordmans has lay away and so does Marshalls, And Big Lot. I kmow most of the places I had 6 kids. Try yard sales too

Kathy - posted on 09/20/2011

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www.thredup.com It's new and you get a box of clothes (usually 14 items) for 15, that includes shipping and handling.

Shelly - posted on 08/30/2011

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Garage Sales and Thrift Stores. I go to Goodwill and Value Village all the time. My kids wear Hollister, AE, Pink and many other name brands bc I can get them so reasonably.

KRYSTA - posted on 08/28/2011

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salvation army .... i get my kids new clothes for birthdays and holidays n stuff but if they need a quick pair of pants or shirt or wjatever .. i go to salvation army ! thye have nice clothes some even still have the tags on um !! try there if u want !

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Patricia - posted on 10/12/2012

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Someone mentioned Kohls'- it is a ripoff. They raise the prices and then put them on sale. You can find better stuff elsewhere. I say hit the consignment stores, thrift shops, craigs list, Target, Walmart, Old Navy has some great sales, Ross, Marshalls.

Valerie - posted on 07/18/2012

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Well, I personally like Crazy 8, Gymboree, and Gap kids for the youngsters. But for an 8-12 year old girl I'd say P.S. for Aeropostale, Aeropostale, sometimes Hollister, Forever 21, and Old Navy. For a boy, I'd reccomend the first two and the last one.

Ashley - posted on 09/20/2011

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I usually get my kids a mixture of new and used clothes. Jeans, pants, shorts, swimming trunks - those all look the newest from thrift stores. Unless they're from 1997, nobody will be able to tell you didn't buy them new. Prices run about $1-3/piece. Don't buy anything if it doesn't look new or close to new. If you only get 4-5 good pieces from one thrift store, I consider that a good trip. In my area we have TONS of thrift stores so if I only get 4-5 pieces from each one, I have a lot of clothes at the end.



Think of it like a treasure hunt. Yes there's a lot of crap to sort through to find those brand new jeans from TCP or that brand new top from Gymboree.



Private thrifts have nicer things than the major ones like charity-run thrifts like Goodwill and Salvation Army. Nicer, newer stuff and they more actively reduce the prices of things to make room for new stock.



I don't recommend buying used shoes. But Sears and Kohl's had the best prices/sales on shoes unless you are ok with Wal-Mart stuff. If you have older kids they probably won't like that.

Roxanne - posted on 09/15/2011

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i love the clearance area in Old Navy..i've gotten my daughter an entire outfit or less than $5 once.

Mary Pauline - posted on 09/13/2011

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hi, this site sell cute things for mums and bubs up to 90% off https://www.zulily.com/auth/create/ if you are in US

Christie - posted on 09/08/2011

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I LOVE The Childrens Place. I shop alot online and use coupons they email me all the time. They put out alot of 20-30% off coupons and do not require a min. purchase. Also, I buyalot of season ahead items off the clearence racks. Last night I bought my daughter a bunch of shorts and tanks for 1.50-3.00 at Walmart and The Childrens Place. Always start with the clearence rack in EVERY store and website. I go straight for the clearence rack and save alot of money that way.

Terri - posted on 09/04/2011

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A really good way is to go during sales with a coupon. If you're really savy you can buy off the clearance racks a size up for the next year. I find a lot of stuff by going to several different stores and getting the items that they adversise to get you in the store. I then leave after getting the great deal and go to the next store for the items they advertise to get you in. I have a lot of fun like this and the kids really like going to different stores a lot. It keeps them interested because you're constantly moving.

Danielle - posted on 09/02/2011

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I was at WalMart yesterday and they are selling shirts and shorts cheap, like between $3 to $7. I used to buy a couple sizes larger whenever they have those kinds of sales.

IsabElla - posted on 08/30/2011

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ive noticed sears (which has a kid vantage program that replaces worn out or torn clothing free...which comes in handy when u hand em down from one drawer right into the next younger kids drawer) and there clothese tend to be less then walmarts especially durring a sale....macys too love there clearance racks.... also check ebay you can get a huge lot for around 20 30 bucks enough for the whole year and usually good descent name brands

Donna - posted on 08/30/2011

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chilren's consignment sales, the clearance racks at JCPenney's, Dillard's etc.. Old Navy has some great sales. But most of all go online to sign up for coupons for these places and try to find the coupons that will let you use it on any item whether it is a sale item or not.

Jean - posted on 08/24/2011

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If you live in an area that has a Once Upon A Child, they are a great used clothing store. Burlington VT, and Eden Prairie MN both have them. I usually walk out with a bag full of clothes for $15 to $30 dollars. They also have great baby stuff, cribs, strollers, etc.

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I do sales at Old navy, Ross and Target and sometimes Walmart! Also 2nd hand children's stores are always good too. I have found brand new cloths never worn there and at thrift stores.

Lori - posted on 08/23/2011

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There should be a community clothes closet in your area. You could check with your Chamber of Commerce or local churches. Also there may be a reuse store or thrift store. Good luck.

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Consignment sales/shops, Goodwill stores, etc. Keep an eye out for clearance items at ALL stores--you can sometimes find really great deals on nice things in dept stores too (I've gotten $24-26 blouses for $2-6 at some clearance sales). BTW, I have 4 kids too and if you can find someone with kids older than yours, ask for hand-me-downs.

Lonnie - posted on 08/23/2011

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Try the semi-annual consignment sales event in your area. It's called Just Between Friends. Everything is clean, sorted and safety inspected!

Latasha - posted on 08/20/2011

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Thrift stores most of the time sell really good pairs of jeans that look like new because most of their clothes are donated so check them out.

Amanda - posted on 08/16/2011

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the best places are thrift stores, consginments shops anything like that. They have great gently used clothing and sometimes even new ones too. and you get them for a great price

Melanie - posted on 08/12/2011

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I buy from garage sales, consignment or thrift stores and at JBF sales. Just Between Friends is a consignment sale that takes anything related to children, clothes, toys, furniture, even maternity clothing. They check all the clothes for stains or rips. You can even find some things that are new. Look up JBF on the internet to see if there is one near you. It is time for the fall and winter sale now.

Mary1959 - posted on 04/09/2011

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yes
good will is great place to for kids clothes
my son and daughter love lot of the skirts from there

Sylvia - posted on 04/09/2011

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Well, personally I am a big fan of Goodwill :) We also have a great store here in Canada called Once Upon a Child -- it's like a Goodwill store except that it's all kids' stuff and they're a bit pickier about what they put out on the racks. They pay a small amount for the items people bring in, which also means they charge a bit more, but you're still getting your $30 Gap jeans for $7.50!

Jenn - posted on 04/07/2011

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I shop on eBay and local resale shops like Kid-To-Kid, very clean, great condition brand name clothes/shoes at a fraction of the price retail. Also Once Upon A Child is another large resale. You can take old clothes/toys/equipment and they will give a store credit or cash back. I always take the credit (it is usually 20% more than cash) and apply it to "new" clothes. Also, Target. I never pay full price at Target! Always go to the endcaps for their shoe sale. I always look for the next size up or if they can get use out of their current size for another couple of months and the shoes are $5, I'm all over it. The clothes get marked down ridiculously low! Even more so at a regular Target than a SuperTarget. They are good quality, trendy and super cute! I got both of my girls little jackets for fall for $2 each. TWO DOLLARS! Bargain shopping makes me happy :)

Mary1959 - posted on 04/07/2011

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try
consignment shops, yard sales.
Also even if have son and daughter and wear same size
buy thing they both wear and share

Kim - posted on 09/09/2009

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i don't know where you're located but Zellers and Sears here in Canada normally have great deals, and if your kids wear out the clothes before they grow out of them, they'll replace them for you in the same size... I also find Bonnie Togs has good deals and Old Navy...

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Try craigslist.org.
Also look for church or mom group consignment sales in the area. They are great!

Curtrina - posted on 09/08/2009

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I know it can be hard shopping for four kids. My parents did it for 6. The way they did it and I still do is head for the clearance racks. You can find plenty of shirts and sweaters. Find a few pairs of jeans or skirts and shirts can make any number of outfit combos. Among shopping at places like walmart, burlingtons, kmart, even macy's and sears. The clearance rack is my friend. You can get the essentials and a few of the big names without breaking the bank.

Rene - posted on 09/06/2009

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have you tried DD'S, it is a discount store and you have to take your time looking through the clothes and shoes, but it's well worth it. They have stylish clothes and the average price is $5 to $15. I love it I buy most of my daughters clothes there, they are even cheaper than Walmart and much more stylish.

Jenny - posted on 09/05/2009

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With 3 kids and only 1 income I am in the same boat as you are. When my 6 year old started school, I went to walmart.com and checked out the clearance section. I got alot more for my money that way.. Very good deals..

Sammantha - posted on 09/05/2009

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Where do you live? There is a 2nd hand store where we live that has all name brand clothes for children newborn to 12 years called "Once Upon a Child" I spent $300.00 but came out with more clothes than I could handle including shoes and it was all "GAP , CHILDRENS PLACE, OLD NAVY, GUCCI BABY, BABY PHAT, MOSSIMO, BONGO,JUICY COTOURE, NY BABY, TIMBALAND and more" you can look them up online, I believe they have a nationwide franchise.

Lisa - posted on 09/05/2009

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I think schools should have a clothes exchange. Everyone who has kids has clothes that the kids have outgrown. It doesn't even have to be in a school. Perhaps just a community. Every income bracket likes to save money. As long as the clothes are clean even knees out can be passed on to someone with some sewing capabilities. Just takes a little leg work to get it organized.

Laurie - posted on 09/05/2009

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I have been shopping the clearance racks to buy my kids clothes. One piece at a time! Go to Target,Wal-Mart and all the other places the moms mentioned!

Shelly - posted on 09/05/2009

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Wal-mart has come a long way! Their clothes are stylish and cheap. Depending on your budget, I'd look into Stride Rite for shoes. It is an expensive up front cost about $50-$60 a pair), BUT you can get a full year (12 months) out of the shoes assuming they don't grow out of them. I've been using this method for a while and I swear I only buy shoes once a year except for dress shoes for Xmas and such, they its Payless all the way! Check out local outlet malls also. We have one in Texas and I spent about $200 for 2 girls for almost all of their clothes for the year. There were Adidas, Vans, Jansport - nice things, but shirts were $2, $5, outfits for $12, etc...

Kristi - posted on 09/05/2009

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As well as the places listed here, if there's a Children's Place store near you, I HIGHLY recommend them. Very cute clothes for a great price. My son is a very picky dresser and he really enjoys shopping there, and my wallet doesn't mind it!

Karen - posted on 09/05/2009

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Sears is always good too. But try to join a freecycle orginaztion near you. On the site you can list items requested and post items no longer needed. It is a good place to look for extra clothes, shoes and other items that others do not need/want anymore. Go to www.freecycle.org to find the group closest to you.

Holly - posted on 09/04/2009

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HI my name is HOLLY i have 3 boys 9years old , and 6 years old and 24 months here in a cupple of days ! HAVE you ever checked out KOHALS ? I think they have assume deals! I bought two pairs of shoes for $ 34.00 ! I say try KOHALS , they also have a web site check it out !

Tara - posted on 09/04/2009

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Kohl's clearance is great. I always do great there and Walmart also has good prices.

Natasha - posted on 09/04/2009

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Once upon a child is a great place to get clothing and other baby needs. Google for one close to you!!

Nichole - posted on 09/04/2009

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Quoting Gretchen:

I need an afforadable place to go clothes shopping for four kids who are in need of clothes and shoe

I'm looking for an affordable place to go clothes shopping for four kids who are in need of shirts, jeans, shoes etc. Does any one have any ideas that maybe affordable for a mom on a tight budget? Help please.


 



Have you tried your local Thift Stores and Consignment shops. I love them and they are very affordable w/ a lot of name brand items.

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For MANY of the clothes that I buy for my children I go to either Kid2Kid or Plato's Closet (for teens). They are used, but I'm always shocked at what people get rid of! My kids have beautiful clothes!!

Mary - posted on 09/04/2009

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www.cookiekids.com has awesome prices on school uniforms and regular clothes. My son doesn't need uniforms so I got his clothes at kohls since they always have some good sales. His jeans were regular 24.99 on sale for 9.99 so just watch those kohls ads.

Kristine - posted on 09/04/2009

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I have friends that have kids around my kid's ages and we do a lot of trading when we can. Goodwill and second hand stores can also have tons of good things if you regularly check them. One thing I like to do is hit clearance sales. At the end of winter for example, I will go buy coats and boots and big ticket items like that at the end of the season. Usually I buy them a size bigger, sometimes can be more depending on which child I am buying for and this saves me big time. I do it at the end of each season and almost never had something go to waste. If something don't fit, then I will pass it on to someone that needs it. I bought a complete snowsuit and coat that was originally $60 for my youngest a few years back for $10 on clearance at Sears and it lasted him almost 3 years because he's little and don't grow much.

Cindy - posted on 09/03/2009

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I was able to purchase my daughter's entire summer wardrobe (age 4) at Childrens Place (in store and online) for about $60. There sales are great...right now their summer stuff is $2.99 and I usually purchase now for next summer. I would also check out Just Between Friends Sale (http://www.jbfsale.com/home/) for a sale in your area. Huge consignment sale. There is also another huge consignment sale in my area called WeecycledWardrobe (www.weecycledwardrobe.com).

Julie - posted on 09/03/2009

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check out your goodwill stores. sometimes you can fine the tag still on the clothing.

Cassie - posted on 09/03/2009

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Ross and Once Upon A Child are my go to stores for my kids. They have awesome deals on clothes. I am now in the habit of refusing to pay more than $10 for a pair of jeans for my son. Also, Ebay usually has people selling "lots" of clothes. For example, type in "size 7 boys jeans lot" and it will bring up all those that are selling. My husband is the Ebay king and usually gets pretty nice stuff for cheap cheap cheap.

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I do the salvation Army stores for my daughter as she loves designer clothes. If you go on a wednesday, at most it is half price. That and I love ocnsignment sales.

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