Thrifty Kids Clothes Finds

As moms we know how expensive kids clothes and items can be. This is why I am so happy that I have discovered mom 2 mom sales. Around our area there are usually three to four sales each season which makes it super easy to find what you need and get it in the sizes that you want. A lot of times many of the clothes have only been worn a few times. I have even bought stuff with tags still on them. I find it great when I only have to pay a couple bucks for a shirt and a pair of pants. Especially since Ray is getting to an age where he is getting more rough and tumble and we are probably going to start getting holes in the knees and stains that will not come out.

This past weekend I went to one of the largest mom 2 mom sales around our area. Since I did not need any more pants or tee shirts for little man I was able to make a list of specific things that I really needed still. Things like tank tops, pajama sets, a spring jacket, and some dress clothes since we have three weddings to go to toward the end of the summer. As you can see I got almost everything that was on my list and then some.

Since Ray’s birthday is coming up at the end of June I was also looking for something that we could use for a birthday present. The Leap Frog books and pen were a great find especially since he is really getting into trying to read his own books and tries to use his finger to follow along with the sentences. This one that I got is the Leap Frog Tag Junior. The crazy part is I got this whole set and “pen” reader for $25! Over all at the whole sale I only spent about $70 and got quite a few things that I needed and a few things that were just too cute to pass up.

Now the only things that I still need are a pair of dress shoes and dress pants. I did find him a pair of shoes, however a size 7 is not quite big enough for his big feet. At least not in a dress shoe that is stiffer and more structured than a tennis shoe.

These types of sales are also great for larger items for expectant moms. There are some things that I would definitely make sure to buy new but for clothes and things like bouncers, diaper genies, playmats, and baby carriers it is a great place to get those things. One thing that my mom and I always do is look everything over to make sure there are no stains on the items and also check to see if you can remove any cloth items and wash them. (This is especially important for bouncers and baby carriers.) A lot of times the women that are selling this stuff are done having babies and really just want to clear up the space in their houses so you can always try and bargain with them. Usually you can talk them down in price. I know I cannot wait to sell some of the stuff that we have accumulated throughout the last three years. (We have to fully be done having kids though before I am going to do that!)

Another great place that I get a lot of Rays clothes is a store called Merchandise Outlet. There is only a handful of stores around our area since it is a family owned business. The best way to describe this store is kind of like a big yard sale. We are able to find clothes for a great price and a lot of times these clothes are from stores like Khols and/or they are brand name items. Recently, my Grandma went into one of the stores by her house and they were putting out pants and shorts in his size. She was able to get me close to 15 pairs of 3T jeans, sweatpants, and shorts! She was also able to get me a handful of tee shirts as well. The best part is that some of them were a little big so we will hopefully be all set come fall as well.

For spring and summer clothes I think I have done pretty well. With the help of all the clothes that my Grandma helped to find as well I know that we are set for a while. It is so hard for me to buy brand new clothes now because I never know how long they are going to fit and I know that as a mom I want him to be able to have fun and get dirty without me stressing out too much about him ruining some of his clothes. If you are not against having your kid wear hand me downs and you are not afraid of a yard sale type shopping experience definitely check out some mom 2 mom sales. A lot of times you can find them on Facebook or right online if you just google it. Having a large group of people just selling kids clothes in one place is great instead of taking all sorts of time trying to go to different yard sales every weekend.

Simple Easter Outfits

Every year for Easter we get together at my mom and dad’s house to have Easter dinner. Since it is not a typical day we usually try to dress up a bit. I thought I would give you a look at our Easter outfits for this year. Whenever I go shopping I am always on the hunt for a good bargain.

I do not like to spend all that much on special outfits for Ray since he will probably only wear the whole outfit a couple of times. (We love it when he gets matching sets that work for a holiday as gifts from family members.) This year his Great Grandma and Grandpa got him an outfit that they gave to him on Valentines Day which is going to work perfect for Easter. I love that it has different layers because we never know if it is going to be warm or cold and I like to be prepared for anything. Especially since he will be participating in an Easter egg hunt this year. I got his little slip on shoes at Target. When he goes outside for the egg hunt he will just wear his little rain boots.

For my outfit, I definitely suffer from guilt if I buy myself anything new. But this year I decided that I need something new since I only have one pair of jeans that fit me and a new shirt to go with the jeans is always nice. My jeans were found at Kohls on sale and I got my shirt at a store called Merchandise Outlet. This store definitely reminds me of a yard sale but my sister and I always find great deals on brand name clothes. This shirt I got for $1.99 which is amazing! The shoes are from Target. I just need some little kind of slip on shoe and Targets 50% off shoe sale was the perfect time to get a pair.

For my husband we just try to make sure that he has a nice pair of jeans on and a nice shirt. Most of the time he wears either Carhartt or Under Armor. I will have to say that some of Under Armor’s thermal henley shirts do not look like something you would workout in so I am ok with letting him get away with wearing it to a family function. Other than that most of the time he just decides what he wants to wear the day that we go. A lot of it has to do with how the weather looks for that day.

I usually love to be super up to date with the trends (former fashion student here) but as a mom sometimes I have to make sure things are functional and that they are able to be thrown in the washer to get cleaned. Now that little man is a bit older hopefully I will be able to start wearing my nicer stuff that I got before I had him, however, he is definitely a rough and tumble boy with everyone he comes in contact with so I may just have to keep revamping my style a bit. This just might mean that I need to do some more shopping!

Hope you all have an amazing Easter weekend!