17 January 2013

Thrifty Kids, Part 1

My lovely girl knocks it out of the park with her hipster/preppy style. It's a cute look, especially on a girl not yet four years old. But then again, she can wear anything.
A deep purple quilted vest from Lands' End by way of thrift shop, a bold navy gingham shirt, and a handmade sweater in heavy kelly green wool, vintage in the first place, now also a hand-me-down from her older brother. Go preppy androgyny!
Button cute red shoes, white socks and skinny jeans...
with a bonus navy and red surcingle belt with navy leather fittings and a brass buckle, also now a
hand-me-down from big brother. I don;t remember exact pricing, but it all (except the socks)came from thrift stores. The whole rig couldn't have cost more than $15. Crewcuts be damned. Kudos to Mrs. G. for assembling the outfit. I only contributed the vest.

If you have kids, then you're a fool not to shop in thrift stores. They me be a gold mine of fine menswear for those persistent enough to dig, but they are easy pickings when it comes to the kids. Kids outgrow stuff, quick. This means that not only is it silly to pay full whack for things they're not going to wear much, but also that thrift shops tend to be full of stuff that hasn't been worn much. And then there's all the clothing gifts that didn't fit because Grandma always buys stuff three sizes too big that gets donated new, tags and all. Most kids clothes I see at thrift shops are $5 or less. Besides, how else are you going to get your kids that worn in East Coast look if some of the stuff isn't, you know, worn in?

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5 comments:

John said...

Cute kiddo! Start them young, and hopefully you'll get a prepster for life.

Anonymous said...

My daughter would complain about the lack of dinosaurs and pirates.

ms. mindless said...

It doesn't get cuter than that. The red shoes are adorable. That outfit could definitely be $400 from the Crewcuts catalog.

Pigtown*Design said...

If you can't bring yourself to go to thrift shops for your kiddles, then check children's consignment shops. They're pickier about what they accept, so you get better quality merchandise, but you pay more.

Amatourist said...

six-month-old on the ground. this will come in real handy, real soon. great series.