The weather here in Northern Indiana has been crazy the last few weeks. We had several days of record breaking high temperatures, making it feel like July in the middle of March! I’m not complaining (and even did some imagining of what it would be like to live in an area of the country where it is usually this nice and warm in March), but it did leave us scrambling a little bit to dress our kids in weather appropriate clothing.
All the sudden they went from wearing winter coats and snow boots, to needing t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops and sunglasses — almost overnight.
Luckily, we had a few things in storage, and were able to supplement a little to get them through, and I wanted to share a few of my tips for dressing young kids in cute, and affordable, clothes.
I would say that 90% or more of my kids clothes are used. Buying used clothing for kids just makes sense
, because they go through them so quickly, and it's really easy to find high quality, used children's clothes. My kids have been known to ruin clothes on occasion, and when they're used, it doesn't bother me nearly as much as if I had bought them new. Besides all this, buying used saves both money, and resources, because they don't require brand new materials, energy for production and manufacturing, or transportation from across the globe. I shop kid's consignement stores, mom-to-mom sales, thrift stores and garage sales and usually find more than enough clothes to outfit my kiddos in brand name, quality, and cute clothes each season.
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What tips do you have for dressing your toddler for less?
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