How do you normally deal with clothes shopping for your little ones? Last fall I started doing one main shopping purchase for Jax’s wardrobe, then I filled in the holes with any clearance or thrift store finds I come across. We did Old Navy for his autumn clothes while they had a $6 sale on long sleeve shirts. This spring I did a Target.com order to get him some 2T shirts and shorts. The shirts were all $4 – $7, the hoodie $12 and the adjustable-waist cargo shorts were $9 each. At the store, we added the orange hat and green clogs.
I like to choose a basic color pallet for him each season to make the bulk of my purchases go together. This spring I chose bright colors (especially orange, yellow and green) and gray and denim for neutrals. Jax is starting to have opinions on his clothes and he loves the really bright ones. He is in love big time with the yellow robot shirt and green shoes. He really likes the sew turtle polo as well – my love of sea turtles is rubbing off on him!
I still need to find him some comfy sandals in gray, and some thrift store jeans to cut off into more shorts (store bought jean shorts are so pricey!) Don’t even get me started on my wardrobe (or lack there of)… I need a money tree before I could hope to fix that situation!
Here are some links we’ve come across recently:
- 10 ways to dye Easter eggs. When did you start dying eggs with your toddler? Is 2 too young?
- Here are 12 DIY jewelry organizer ideas…
- Abacuses in the nursery. I recently bough a large one for $1.75 at the thrift store. I was only going to paint the frame red, but now I might paint the beads after seeing these!
- Here’s a little trick for staying clean as popsicle season approaches!
- I love this DIY suitcase dollhouse. You could also make the rooms into a quiet book.
- Here’s how you make your own fabric buttons without a kit.
My next quiet book page is all done and waiting for me to get sewing machine time today so I can sew the page together and take pictures. Keep an eye out for a post later today!
I finally did my fall clothes shopping, and here is what I got! We went to Kohls, and everything was 40% off or more. Since I was tying to get less items, I chose a palette of colors I could mix and match. I went with gray, brown, natural and rust.
The sweater coat was on sale for $28. I love it! So soft and simple without being boring. I think it has the vibe of Anthropologie or Free People) two stores I CAN NOT afford! I think this sweater will go with everything. The other sweater I chose was only $13. It is a lightweight stripe in rust and natural. Really pretty and good for layering.
I really needed long sleeve layering shirts. I went with rust, brown and gray. I went up in size from xs to s to get a little more length. I hate when shirts ride up!
My “splurge” ($34) was a new pair of jeans. I’ve love my flap-pocket jeans for years, but after wearing them several times a week under my belly throughout my pregnancy, they now have a hole in the butt. I went with an indigo wash with a flared leg. I’m ready for a break from all the skinny jeans! The belt it came with looks cheap, but I don’t have to wear it.
What colors are you into this fall?
How much do you spend on toddler shoes? I always want to spend the least amount possible when it comes to clothes for Jax – he grows out of them so fast! But, is it a good idea to go cheap when it comes to shoes?
I am just starting to build a fall wardrobe for Jax (obviously nothing from last year when he was 6 – 10 months old fits him now) and got lucky with some good shoes from the thrift store for only $2.50 a pair. When looking at new shoes in the stores, there are certainly cheaper options for $15 – $20, but for little feet still getting used to walking and running, are they a good idea? You want them to be built in a way that will support their feet in the healthiest way possible. But I don’t want to spent $46 dollars!
I was in Nordstroms with Jax (we park there at the mall because they have the best bathroom with a nursing room) and paused to check out the sale rack of shoes. I saw these green sneakers a size up from where he is now and couldn’t put them down. I took Jax out of the carrier and let him run around in them. They stay on but with tons of room and actually fit his thick feet. And: So. Stinking. Cute. And $20 off! I always check online on my phone before buying things, and everyone had them for $45 or $46.
What ultimately made it impossible for me to put them back on the shelf was the fact that Jax’s Halloween costume will be head-to-toe green. And I plan to make the top half a hoodie he can wear as a coat past Halloween. I’m so in love with them! It makes the fact that his hand-me-down orange sneakers are getting too small a little easier to bear.
So, while it felt painful to buy shoes for $26, I do realize they are a great deal, really good for his feet, and perfect for both his costume and wearing every day. But I’m cheap and don’t like to spend that much on *my* shoes. When I do splurge, I end up with good shoes that last a long time. I need to find that balance between quality and value.
What do you think, dear internet? How much are you willing to spend on your little ones’ shoes? Any favorite pairs?