Children grow quickly – too quickly, as many Toronto moms could tell you. On top of that, they have a way of attracting dirt and stains. Constantly keeping their wardrobe up-to-date can be more than a little pricey. Spring isn’t here yet, but we have faith it isn’t too far off. When it arrives, many of us will discover that our little ones don’t have any warmer weather wear that fits. What’s a Toronto mom to do? Never fear, today we have five tips to help you find fabulous kids fashion that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
Five Affordable Kids Fashion Tips
1. Buy Ahead at End-of-Season Sales
With spring colours taking over the local mall, stores are clearing out their winter gear. If your little one’s winter coat is looking a little worse for wear, or their snow boots are getting too tight, now is the time to buy bigger sizes for next winter. While January and September are traditionally the best months for sales, many stores run them year-round, so keep your eyes peeled and think about what you’ll need when the first flakes fall next winter.
2. Shop Consignment
When it comes to great kids fashion on a shoestring, consignment shopping is where it’s at. While you can find some real treasures at thrift stores, the hunting is a little harder. With consignment someone else has already sorted through everything and chosen the treasures. You’re paying a little more, but you’re saving time. Some moms consign their own children’s old clothes at the same time as they search for new kids fashion. It’s another way to offset the cost of that new pair of pants.
3. Head Online
Online shopping can be a great solution for moms. Don’t want to take your wiggly toddler to the mall so that he can make a grand escape attempt that leaves you pulling your hair out? With online shopping you can easily search for kids fashion during naptime without even having to change out of your pajamas. Many retailers have sale sections on their websites. Sometimes the selection is also better than it is in-store, if you’re shopping with a major retailer. You may also be able to sign up for their newsletter so you can hear about sales and other deals as soon as they start.
4. Follow Your Favourite Stores on Social Media
Some stores announce sales, or offer special discounts or giveaways, to their fans on social media. If there’s a brand you really love it makes sense to check in with them on Facebook, Twitter or even Instagram from time to time to see what’s happening. Businesses want to reward their followers. If you’re one of them, you may just be able to score some great deals on kids fashion.
5. Invest in Solid Pieces
Buying more expensive pieces may seem counter-intuitive when you’re on a budget, but by investing in quality you can actually save money in the long run. For instance, a $20 pair of leggings that lasts for two years is actually a better buy than a dozen pairs of $5 pairs of leggings that each last for a couple of months, at most. Investing in quality is especially important when you’re shopping for outerwear like coats and shoes, that take a lot of wear and tear.
How do you find kids fashion on a budget? Share your tips!