Saturday was my kind of day. Time spent with Mabel and my sister, Meg, a new hair cut, a fair, lunch out, shopping, saving money.
After a morning haircut for me, we met up with Meg and spent the early afternoon at at the local hospital’s Kids Fair collecting helium balloons, petting a police dog, looking at a firetruck, and getting one of these (http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/pio/safechild.htm).
After re-fueling with lunch out, we made out way to Once Upon A Child (www.onceuponachild.com). If you have a child and have never been to your local Once Upon A Child, get on with it! They have everything from clothes to toys to bedding to strollers to potty seats to safety gear to hair bows to, well, you get the idea.
Whenever Mabel is in need of something- like T shirts or a rocking horse- I make Once Upon A Child my first stop. We’ve made out there great in the past (especially during the 10 for $10 end of season clearance sales) and yesterday was no exception.
I got everything you see below (name brands like Gap, Children’s Place, Carter’s, Tea Collection, Zutano, etc.) for $25! Cannot beat it.
Meg, being the generous aunt she is, got all of this:
…AND 10 onsies for her college friend who’s expecting in September for $19! Aren’t those skeleton bones PJs adorable?
I definitely tell all parents I meet to find their local Once Upon A Child or other children’s resale shop and always start there.
Other tricks I’ve used- Freecycle (www.freecycle.org), local neighborhood listservs, Craigslist, Goodwill, and tag sales.
What do you do to save money on kids’ stuff?