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Top Tips :: Finding Affordable (and CUTE!) Baby Clothing

One of our readers, papa to little Olive, reached out to us asking for some of our favorite places to find inexpensive (under $25) but cool clothes for babies.


Like anyone is going to notice what this cutie is wearing—all you can do is stare into those gorgeous eyes…

Baby clothing can definitely be expensive but there are some great options out there to keep your wee one looking as adorable as ever without you ever having to dip into your kiddo’s college fund to pay for it. We are big fans of thrifting. You can really find some great basics and, of course, our favorite vintage kiddo goodies. But if you’re looking for online shopping that is affordable as well as cute, here are some of our favorite tips:

1. Dwell Studio at Target
We’ve found surprisingly cute stuff at mainstream stores. Target is a favorite. Their Dwell Studio for Target has really great onesies and outfits that are super cheap—like two pieces for under $15!  I gotta say, I’m particularly in love with the bus t-shirts.

2. Little Miss Matched outlet!

The Little Miss Matched outlet is full of goodies that are worth snatching up when you can. They often go as low as 80% off. I so love the terrific splashes of color—most of these pieces are under $5!

3. Etsy: Baby legwarmers

A lot of parents love baby legwarmers and a little onesie for their wee ones. They give you the warmth of tights, are adorable to look at and making diaper changing easy peasy. Etsy has a slew of people making inexpensive baby leggings. Check out Piccolo Creation‘s sweet argyle friends:

We also like these striped cuties from Bella Crawlers:

And  these great butterfly ones from Eggo in the Oven. or these green cuties from BabyFrills.

4. Ebay!

Of course we love vintage but we are also very pro-cozy here at ModernKiddo. No itchy lace, no scratchy wool or polyester and nothing too binding. Heaven forbid the thing needs ironing or dry cleaning. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t great vintage items that are terrific for babies. The Peach spent a lot of her first year in very simple cotton dresses from the forties. Here she is in one of my favorites:

I think I spent $2.00 on it. Now we’re talkin’! There always seem to be a lot of girls dresses for small babies that would be terrific particularly for the summer. Of course little knitted vintage sweaters are usually so soft and often made of easy wash nylon fabric from the seventies.

Ebay listings change all the time, but look for “lots” (multiple items in one listing). Check out this group of six items with a starting bid of $3.00 from Ebay seller, Favorite Memories.  Not too shabby…


And have you seen this gorgeous lot of knitted items from Ebay seller, 9000pam with a starting bid of $4.00?  The yarn alone would have cost around $50 let along the hand knit cuteness of it all.

Those are my tips. What are your suggestions for Olive’s Dad? I was thinking about Thredup.com, but have you tried it? And of course Gilt is a great place to scoop up spendier brands at lower prices. They have some really cute stuff.

Because this little girlie deserves a wardrobe as cute as she is!

UPDATE FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY

Hi guys! Alix here chiming in too. We’ve got some amazing tips flying in. One of my faves comes from Amber, which is something I firmly believe in too. Don’t be afraid to splurge here and there but don’t be afraid to try seemingly conventional shops for cheap basics. Get leggings and onsies in bold bright colors from mainstread retailers like Old Navy, Target, American Apparel, Children’s Place etc Then splurge on really cute shoes or dressies for little girls and fun tops or even wee cardigans for boys. Also, many mainstream brands will often have sneakily cute designs. My friend Jenny/frecklewonder posted a photo of her girl Dotty in thee cutest little jammies with amazing woodland creatures that looked like they were plucked out of a vintage storybook. “WHERE did you get those???” I was expecting her to name some trendy brand but her response? “The Kohls baby shop!!! Can you believe it?” So always keep your eyes peeled, friends. Treasures lie everywhere if you are crafty!

Ok, so here are 5-10 on our Top 10 Tips!

5. HIT THE SALES!

I love to find adorable duds at slightly slightly spendier shops and then I monitor their sales. I have scooped up some fabulous goodies for Wolfie this way! Here are a few shops that have GREAT sale sections:

I think these sweet animal silkscreens from Colette Kids are really fun and bold. They have a great sale section.

These Scandanavian prints are all the rage lately, and I’m still not tired of them. Check out the sale section at the fabulous Ittikid’s online shop.

We are also big fans of Polarn O. Pyret—more for their fantastic toddler and big kid clothes, but they also have reeeally cute baby basics. Check out these cuties (currently all on sale for $20 or less) available in sizes 4-6 months and up!


6. THREADLESS KIDS
I looove their shirts and onesies. They are playful and whimsical. Sometimes a little more on the hipstery side but always quirky and fun. If you are lucky enough to live in Wicker Park, Chicago you can hit their actual store front, but for the rest of us we’ll have to shop online at Threadless Kids. Best of all they have fantastic sales and all onesies, tees and hoodsies (a onesie with a hood, doncha know!) are only $9 clams.


7. eBay Japanese Leggings

Ebay seller BabyGearStation carries these super adorable Japanese baby leggings with sassy bums. They’re only $3.99 a pop! Crazy cute….

I’m sure there are many many more places to get cheap goodies….we’ll keep doing these posts as tips roll in!

Oh and one last thing…when you feel like a splurge. How cute are these adorable onesies from  Jasper Wren? I love the fairytale kinder vibe of these Black Forest cuties, but the octopus with the ‘stash is my favorite!



HAPPY HUNTING!

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  1. Amber Liddle says

    I love the Dwell line at Target! I think the key to a good kid’s wardrobe is spending money well. Like buy cheap tshirts that are going to be covered in goo, but spend your money on adorable shoes. Of course I’m all about etsy, and vintage. Thrifting in rich areas–rich moms get rid of really awesome stuff (I was a nanny and was amazed at what was in the Goodwill piles!!)

    I was going to try thredup but it seems a bit scary. You don’t know what will be in the box and most of what I saw was brands like Circo and Old Navy, which are cheap to begin with. I’d rather just buy what I know I like from there anyway, you know?

    • Dottie says

      I totally agree, Amber! Thrift stores and used clothing stories are the bomb! I just picked up some great items for Georgia there too!

      VERY interesting feedback on ThredUp!

      • 3 ring circus • heather says

        i just need to chime and i say that i met amber through swapmamas! we actually swapped kids clothes! i no longer trade through swapmamas i just trade clothes locally with my friends! that is why most of pip’s closet is hand me downs!

  2. kodie says

    my go-to source is definitely thrift stores. it might take a while to find a really good one, but once you do, it’s like hitting the jackpot! mine is just a few minutes from my house and carries a lot of name brands. every holiday, there is a 50% off sale. so i can hit that up and walk away with a bag or 2 crammed full of almost new clothing for next to nothing. (latest score I’m most proud of – skinny jeans from Baby Gap from last season – $1.50!!) you have to be careful of course, and look everything over to make sure there are no stains, tears, etc. but the savings are definitely worth it.
    my other source is consignment sales. there are several Just Between Friends sales in my city and the one closest to me is ridiculously huge. everything for sale has been inspected before it can be placed on the racks, so it should all be in good shape. the only downside is that sellers come up with their own prices, so some items are really affordable, while others are way overpriced.
    good luck! and have fun dressing up that cutie!

  3. Eartha Kitsch says

    Thrift stores for sure! I don’t even have kids but I go through the racks and score amazing pieces – some vintage and some new, usually in perfect shape – to give to my friends and relatives with kids. There’s some good baby thrifting in Nashville maybe.

    • Dottie says

      So true–I founds some awesome vintage toddler clothes from the Peach at the DI in SLC. And she loves those dresses!

  4. Katy H. says

    Wanted to throw in my ThredUp experience…

    Their Facebook community is pretty active. If you post that you’re looking for a specific size and flavor, chances are a member will swoop in to build you a box. All of the boxes I have picked so far have been in great condition and fit with my style preferences (because I only pick boxes with pictures and full descriptions – no surprises!) However, I listed a few boxes of nearly-new separates (mostly Gymboree, not cheap) and never received a review or feedback from the boxes. Chaps my hide that I spent a lot of time documenting the contents and got no review for my effort.

    That brings me to the downsides. The site relies on honor systems, the “Golden Rule” and the honesty and integrity of its members. Frankly… you can’t control what other people do, or trust people as far as you can throw them sometimes, and there seem to be no consequences for members who are dishonest or just plain lousy community members.

    In general though, for $15.40 (a medium flat-rate USPS box + $5) it can either be a value for the brands you get or you could be overpaying. It’s worth it to sign up (for free) and cruise the brands regularly, you just have to be smart about it.

    Have fun shopping for your sweet Olive!

  5. RocketGirl75 says

    Great post, and just in time! I do ebay quite a bit for staples like overalls and basic jumpers. And I’ve found some cute things on Amazon, of all places–like these solid-color preemie gowns: http://www.amazon.com/Solid-Color-Gowns-Small-Preemie/dp/B0037Z60L8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=apparel&qid=1300984719&sr=8-1

    Prices for new preemie clothes are downright criminal, but when you’ve got a teensy one in the hospital it’s tough to get to a thrift store or troll ebay (and hope it arrives before she grows out of preemie and into newborn!). And everything is pink and blue, pink and blue. Snorey snore!

    …Which is why it’s so spectacular to have friends like Dottie to head to the thrift shop and find some fun preemie getups for you!

    • Amber Liddle says

      ugh, preemie clothes are nonexistent!! We found all girl stuff at the consignment shop–we have a boy. I thought about putting him in flowers anyway :)

      • Dottie says

        I have to say, preemie wear is the toughest thing to find and crazy expensive.

        The only line that I really really like for preemies is Zutano, but at $25 for a onesie I’m having a tough time being OK with that…

        http://shop.zutano.com/

  6. Alix says

    Excellent tips! I’m going to add a little update to this post in a bit with one of my fave tips—SALES!!!!! I had/have my fave sites that are very cute/stylie little duds but aren’t necessarily cheap (but great quality and designs). I make it a habit to check their sales and usually scoop up great buys for much less.

    Also, searching eBay for brand names is a great idea. Not to generalize, but the fancy moms who are buying fancy brands usually take great care of clothing and i have been able to score some really cool stuff that is ever so gently used!

  7. Amber Liddle says

    Ooh, I forgot to add that the clearance section of Happy Green Bee is amazing and cheap and I love their stripey stuff.

    http://www.happygreenbee.com/index.cfm

    • Alix says

      Oh cool! I’ve never visited them before, i’ll have to check ‘em out!

    • Dottie says

      Whoa! What a great find, Amber–thanks for sharing!!!

  8. Donaville says

    I love thrift store finds. My sister volunteers at the local PTA Thrift Shop in La Habra, CA where clothing (all ages/sizes) is always $1 each and a lot of days clothing is 50% off the price – so it’s quite easy for me to spend only $20 there and leave with bags full of clothing.

    I’m also a recent fan of Crazy 8 (http://crazy8.com). They’ve got great sales going on right now.

  9. Farrah says

    Those these purple striped leggings from Little Trendy Baby are super cute, but $35.00 international shipping for a $3.50 item (especially being so SMALL) is absolutely INSANE!!! WTF? That’s a really good way to lose sales and they should smarten up!

    • Alix says

      Yeah that’s pretty steep!!! Living in the states, I don’t think Dottie or I noticed the international shipping rate. I just emailed her to see if it was an error!

    • Dottie says

      Yeah–that price does seem a little nutty! I’ll ping the lady for an update.

      • Farrah says

        Thx ladies! I hope she did make an error or else I wouldn’t call that affordable at all!!!

        • Alix says

          HI Ms Farrah….you know, she never got back to me so I revised the list and pulled her from it! Thanks for bringing that to our attention. $35 is scandalous!

  10. Mark (Olive's dad) says

    Thanks for all the tips everyone! We picked up a couple of things from ittikid and we’ll be checking out the rest of the suggestions.

  11. Amber @ Amber, Dom & Baby Make 3! says

    If you live in Chicago the Threadless Kids shop on Division has an AWESOME bargain bin in the back of the store. I snatched up several newborn/3 months onesies for $5 each! Score!

  12. Jessie ( Olive's Mom) says

    I wanted to follow up regarding our purchase from ittikid. We received our order, and realized one of the items needed to be exchanged. Their website states that you need to email or contact them within 3 days of receiving your items in order to return or exchange. I emailed them the very same day, and followed up that week with 2 voicemails. Today it has been exactly 1 month since I contacted them, and I have yet to hear back from anyone regarding our our exchange. I will certainly NEVER order from them again, and if I can ever get a return phone call, I’m going to just send the item back for a refund at this point.

  13. Kim (Eggo in the Oven) says

    Was just told about you featuring my L’Eggos in this post! Thank you! :) I continue to do my best to make affordable but adorable baby clothes! Definitely find me on Facebook too! :)

  14. krista says

    i’m on the constant search for baby boy clothing without cheesy sayings or sport themes. my favorites are h&m & old navy for the basics and zara.com the super cute stuff. h&m & old navy are always inexpensive and zara.com has great sales. i also love consignment sales & have gotten some of the most amazing deals.

  15. Bean and Me says

    These prints are just adorable. I love the leggings with the print on the tush. So cute

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