As a working home keeper, earning two incomes does not mean spending two incomes! We have a small, monthly cash allowance established to keep three growing children clothed. One of my tools for stretching that allowance is consignment sales. Recently, I shopped a new to me consignment sale in the area. I always save my shopping for the last day of the sale, when most items are typically 50-75% off. I also have the advantage of shopping for older children while most of the other shoppers are competing over infant/toddler clothing and accessories.
My game plan: stick with the basics. For the boys, I look for solid colors, simple patterns or plaids. I avoid jeans and go for khakis (in navy blue, black or tan) and cords. Polo shirts are always a good buy for a casual or semi-dressy look depending on the occasion.
I love scoring uniform pants and shorts as they are durable. But, look quite polished when ironed and creased.
I keep my eyes out for bigger name brands (like my gone but not forgotten favorite, Talbots Kids), but also adore brands like Old Navy and Cherokee. No character clothing - unless it's an absolute favorite and $1 or less. But, favorite sports teams are a buy (especially at a good price!).
For girl's clothing: pretty, sweet, feminine, age-appropriate and modest in length and neckline. Nothing too dark in nature or too flashy. No characters (though Ashleigh is beyond that age now). But, always room for a little fun (like leopard print pajamas with pink trim and sparkly buttons!). Plus, Daddy is always there to offer a discerning eye. Giving the veto to anything he doesn't feel is appropriate or a good value.
I'm already excited for the Fall sale!