Having a little girl is SO much fun! I knew I would love to dress up my daughter, and I really really do!
Yard sale dress – $4.00
End of season clearance shoes –
$5.00 (Old Navy)

Dressing a little girl doesn’t need to be expensive. Actually, it should NOT be expensive. I feel like there is no reason for me to spend top dollar on designer girls clothing when I can get them for pocket change, particularly when considering the fact that children everywhere are hungry, thirsty, not clothed properly, and are lacking basic health care. Personally, I’d rather be thrifty and have money to give to missions and child sponsorship, which I do.


Yard sale dress – $2.00
Shoes – gift from grandma
and grandpa

Rant over. On to cute clothes!


How I Dress my Child for Very Little $$$

1. I accept gifts! 
Well, duh! We’re actually kind of lucky right now because our daughter is the only grandchild on both sides of the family. So thanks goes to the grandparents for the cute clothes!

2. We love hand-me-downs!
Don’t be ashamed to ask and offer. This means when you have some items to pass on, go ahead and ask friends with kids if they would like to have your hand-me-downs. It isn’t an insult to be offered free clothing unless you’re so prideful you can’t see straight. If you’re in need of clothing items, consider posting a message on social media saying something like “Hey friends! My girl is growing fast and we’re needing to buy some new clothing in size 2T. Before I go shopping, would anyone have some hand-me-downs they would want to pass on?” It never hurts to ask!



Yard sale Ralph Lauren dress – $3.00
Consignment sale leggings – $4.00
 (included a sweater dress)
Pink boat shoes – $7.97 at Walmart

3. Yard Sales!
On the night before you go yard sale-ing, check your local newspaper (in print or online) and Craigslist for yard sales in your area. Map your trip out. Start with neighborhood sales and target nicer neighborhoods. Take cash in small bills and know what you’re looking for. Yard sales can be addicting! I love a good bargain hunt.

4. Consign!
I’ve gone to consignment stores for years. Recently though, I’ve ditched consignment stores in favor of consignment events. The consignment stores in my area are super picky and might only be accepting a few very select items at any given time. I like to go to an event where I can sell my items easily. It is a lot of work, but totally worth it! At a large consignment event I usually take two laundry baskets full of my items to sell and end up with over $100.00. Obviously I shop too, but my purchases are always less than what I make. That means I unload some unneeded baby/kids items and get some great things I need for ZERO dollars! Win!


Yard sale Ralph Lauren polo – $2.00
Shabby chic skirt – homemade
($6.00 for materials)
White shoes – $10.97 from Walmart

5. Make stuff!
I’m semi crafty and so I’m working on learning to make clothing from cheap remnants. Almost anyone can easily make small and simple clothing items for little ones. Sewing by hand takes a lot longer than by machine, but at least you can get started without the initial investment of a sewing machine.

6. End of Season Sales!
Hit that clearance rack, mama! I’m quite lucky to have a little girl whose growth and sizes are very predictable. Because of that I am able to take advantage of end of season clearance sales to stock up for the next year. I store my finds in labeled bins and then pull them out at the beginning of a season.


Yard sale dress – $3.00
End of season clearance dress – $4.80
(Kohls – added tulle fringe myself)
Shoes – gift from grandma and grandpa

7. Splurge OCCASIONALLY and Smartly

For certain occasions I will sometimes purchase a special item or outfit at full price. When I do I make sure the item will be something she can wear for a while. They tend to be sort of “statement pieces.” Willow has had a couple of pairs of TOMS shoes (one at a time, not a closet full) and a few special frilly outfits or faux fur vest or jacket (because no one should ever wear real fur). The occasional splurge is ok, just be sure it is an item that will be worn over and over.


I challenge you to dress your kids for cheap! Doesn’t matter if you can afford all new brand name clothing. Kids grow fast and ruin stuff like crazy! It’s always wise to buy cheap and be a saver and a giver.

Yard sale bathing suit – $1.50
End of season clearance dress – $5.20
(Kohls)
End of season clearance shoes – $6.50
(Old Navy)
Consignment sale Elmo dress – $4.00


Have fun dressing your little one!



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13 Comments on 7 Tips for Baby Fashion on the Cheap

  1. Carissa Shaw
    September 8, 2013 at 4:00 am (4 years ago)

    A friend just reminded me about thrift shops! Totally didn't even think to list that one because I haven't done much thrifting. It's another great way to buy great clothes cheaply.

    Also, when you do splurge, BUY LOCAL and support your local shop owners. I love the little locally owned children's boutique in my town.

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  2. AiringMyDirtyLaundry
    September 9, 2013 at 7:52 pm (4 years ago)

    I love dressing my girl too. I mainly shop during sales. Or I do shop yard sales or places like Once Upon A Child.

    Reply
    • Carissa Shaw
      September 10, 2013 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

      I can't believe it, but I've never been to a Once Upon A Child! I must visit one soon! 🙂

      Reply
  3. Cropped Stories
    September 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Great post Carissa! I couldn't agree more especially with taking hand me downs :o) I'm pinning this now! So glad you linked it up to The PINcentive Blog Hop! Hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday!

    croppedstories@gmail.com

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    • Carissa Shaw
      September 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks for the comment love 🙂 I'm a new blogger and having so much fun with it!

      Reply
  4. Brittnei Washington
    September 25, 2013 at 6:58 am (4 years ago)

    Sounds like great tips we as adults can use for ourselves too! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Mommy Monday! xoxo

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  5. Baby coupons
    December 9, 2014 at 12:43 am (3 years ago)

    These are great ideas for parents and guardians and aunties and big brothers and everyone who wants to get something lovely for a child. I think children's clothes can be so expensive. Coupons, shopping at sales and making use of sewing skills help a lot.

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  6. Randy Stephenson
    May 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Carissa, you really have a lot of great tips to find cheap clothing here. I really like how you said to take advantage of the end of season sales. I think that is something most of us forget about and we just buy clothing on a need to have basis. This seems like a good tip to keep in mind when looking to stay within your budget when buying clothes for your little one. http://shayfifearts.com/lularoe-with-shay/

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  7. Randy Stephenson
    May 13, 2015 at 4:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Carissa, you really have a lot of great tips to find cheap clothing here. I really like how you said to take advantage of the end of season sales. I think that is something most of us forget about and we just buy clothing on a need to have basis. This seems like a good tip to keep in mind when looking to stay within your budget when buying clothes for your little one. http://shayfifearts.com/lularoe-with-shay/

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  8. Matorni
    February 27, 2017 at 2:25 am (7 months ago)

    I love shopping at The baby fashion for my own kids. They have some of the cutest shirts there! I buy a lot of my kid’s clothes from there!

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