Big outlets such as Target, Walmart, Old Navy, Gap Kids, Costco and Sam's Club all have a huge selection of children's clothes. From sweatpants to bathing suits to pajamas, these retailers have it covered. To get even heavier discounts at places like Old Navy or Gap Kids, visit their websites for Internet-only exclusives. Target and Walmart have clearance sections in their stores. Try shopping at the end of summer for deals on bathing suits for next summer; likewise, shop for fleeces and winter jackets in spring for the best prices.
Children's boutiques are popping up all over the place. They offer select lines unavailable at most large retailers. Their outfits are as precious as they are pricey. These are perfect spots to pick up clothing for special occasions but not an entire wardrobe. Some places can even special-order outfits and arrange for embroidering on clothing. You also can shop these stores for ideas and visit a fabric store to create your own designer duds based on looks you spotted.
Stores devoted solely to the little ones really get it right. You can buy your child's entire wardrobe at these stores. Items might run a bit pricier than a Target or a Walmart, but not necessarily. Employees at these stores are often more helpful and knowledgeable about sizing and durability of garments. You can grab great deals year round at the following retailers; Pumpkin Patch, Gymboree, The Children's Place and Janie and Jack.
You can add interesting items to a child's wardrobe with recycled and reused clothing. Check out your local secondhand shops and consignment stores for unbelievably priced kids' clothing. Sometimes a child needs an outfit for just one event, such as Halloween or a painting party. Used clothing is an option for these types of events -- they won't break the bank, and they can be recycled again afterwards. Truth be told, no mom survives without a couple great hand-me-downs from friends. Keep the chain going and offer your friends some of your kids' clothes once they are done with them. Wasting space in your home trying to store unused clothes does no good, but those same clothes can be a boon for the family of a child who fits them.
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