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We are having quite a time finding clothes and PJs for our 16
month old boy. He wears cotton diapers and that creates a big
butt. Also he is not gonna be a tall guy. So, we are hoping to
get some suggestions about where to get some pants and PJs
(w/feet?) that can fit him and his cotton diapers. (At night we
use inserts so he won't leek at that also makes for a big
butt). We would really prefer not to get the camoflage fashion
that seems to be a big item for boys clothes, too.
Thanks in advance!
I always had good luck with Hanna Andersson clothes for my son.
The pajamas are not footed but they are what we use. We also
bought big for his pajamas so that they would fit the night time
We don't use cloth at night anymore but we still use Hanna
zippers and stripes every night. Another nice bonus is that they
don't have flame retardants on them.
The website is hannaandersson.com
Hanna Andersson. A little pricey, but roomy and durable. Watch
We are going to a wedding on May 29 in Danville (think HOT!). I am looking for
a dress shirt, shorts, suspenders and a clip on bow tie for 24 mo-sized 1 year
old. I do not want a spend a fortune as he will only wear this outfit once, but I
don't want his clothes to look cheap. I have looked all over the internet and
not found anything. Where can I go to find these things in or near Oakland?
I get almost all my 1 year old's clothes from e-bay and have
had nothing but GREAT results. The clothes have all been in
excellent condition, and are CHEAP (most recently a nice short
sleeve shirt + 2 pairs of swim trunks for $7.50 including
shipping). There are thousands of items for sale, and you
don't have to fight the crowds. Most sellers will use USPS
priority shipping (2 days) if you ask, but I've rarely waited
more than a week for something.
Alternatively, there are a few nice used clothing stores for
kids, including Laura's Closet on College near Ashby, and
Child's Play at the corner of College and Chabot.
Perhaps you can help me find affordable clothes. We have
graduated from the abundant variety of baby-to-24-month sizes
and now I find so little selection in 3T clothes that I find
myself stunned at the lack. I have twins so I have to keep my
costs down, and I don't dress them alike so I do try to find
some variety (although they share all their clothes). Since we
don't have friends with older girls to hand-me-down to ours, up
until now I have shopped the sales at Target, Penny's, Macy's,
Mervyns, and Sears. Stores like Gymboree are just out of our
price range. I notice too, that the Macy's section on Toddler
girls is laughable. They carry about six items which resemble
small versions of clothes for first-grade girls. Likewise, I
find myself surprised in the price-hikes I see comparing how 24
month clothes were priced to how 3T are priced. Where do you
shop and how do you keep your costs down? Should I concentrate
on used clothing stores? If so, do you have recommendations?
Thanks for your help.
Anon mom of twin girls
We find terrific things at Old Navy, or on the sale racks at
Kmart has great clothes for cheap. I buy all my sons clothes
there and they are pretty sturdy clothes. They have all the
characters the kids love like sesame street and disney. I found a
whole short and top outfit for $5.00. They have a very wide
variety for girls as well.
I shop at 2nd hand stores & garage sales almost exclusively for
kids clothes. It's garage sale season, so check out the Tribune
on Fridays for listings that say kids clothes in the East Bay.
For stores, the best deals can be found at:
Cracker Jacks off Piedmont Ave.
Child's Play on College
Fashion After Passion on Webster in Alameda
Bambinos Thrift Shop on College
Silver Moon on Grand
Goodwill on Lincoln in Alameda
signed, Lucky Thrift Shopper
You don't mention Baby Gap or Old Navy. I only buy things on sale
and they can have really great deals--the are also available on
line.The clearance section of Old Navy is my favorite place to
shop! Also, there are plenty of used kids clothing stores around.
hannah's at the top of Solano ave. though the seletion is hit or
miss. I don't shop at Laura's Closet on College for personal
reasons but they have a huge selection. My favorite place to buy
used clothes (and I say that hesitantly, as most of them are
barely used...I've found even things with price tags still on
them) is Lauren's Closet on Park Street in Alameda...it's worth
ebay, ebay, ebay. I just got 9 matches for ''3T twin lot'', and 2187 matches for
3T lot. I tend to buy them in large lots of clothes; surf around till you find
someone whose taste you like that's selling off the size of clothing you like.
It's become a bit of a hobby (ok, maybe an addiction) and you can find great
deals much cheaper than resale!
Most of my toddler's clothing is from Target, JC Penney,
Mervyn's and Sears. So you've already looked in all the places
I would recommend! (Oh, and some from the Carter's and Osh Kosh
outlet stores in Vacaville -- we travel that way a few times a
year and sometimes I persuade my husband to stop!) It is just a
sad fact that there are fewer things to choose from in the
toddler sizes than in the infant sizes. This seems to be true
of any brand in any store. Used clothing is of course a good
idea; garage sales get you the lowest prices, though quality
will be more even in consignment stores and there's more
selection available on eBay. Also worth a look: WebClothes,
through Amazon (for some reason, the shipping charge is lower
when you order through Amazon rather than directly from
WebClothes.com), kidsurplus.com, and various other online
discounters (try a search on Yahoo! Shopping); also Ross and
Marshall's (small selection but good prices); and sale and
clearance items at Old Navy, the Gap, the Children's Place and
Gymboree (at stores or online, works especially well if you can
predict what size you'll want *next* year, so that you can buy
out of season).
We head to Carters Outlet in Vacaville 3x a year to stock up on
clothes for our soon-to-be four year old daughter. Stuff is
pretty cheap (quality not the best either but that's OK because
things get destroyed, etc. at preschool). We just came back
from the outlets in Gilroy and were happy to find a Stride Rite
outlet and we bought her next size of tennis shoes, dressy
shoes and summer sandals at rock-bottome prices. Old Navy
(stores and outlet) is another good source.
But my favorite place for deals is babygap.com. At least once
a month I look for basic types of things (tshirts (both long
and shortsleeves) as well as nicer blouses. Things go on sale
fairly quickly. The cost of shipping is worth the hassle of
tearing through the stores, IMO. When sales are really good I
buy classic items in larger items for the future. This
fall/winter, my daughter wore Gap cardigan sweaters I purchased
last season for $19 a piece (regular prices were close to
Loves little girl clothes
Well, I happen to be a big fan of Mervyn's and Macy's for
toddler clothes -- with their never-ending sales, it seems like
you can always find clothing at a good price. Perhaps you
should try a different, larger Macy's -- in my experience,
their selection is pretty large!
I buy my preschool daughter new clothes only after checking my
two favorite second-hand stores -- Thrift Town in El Sobrante
and the new Goodwill at Barrett and San Pablo. And when she
does need new clothes I get them at Target; cotton leggings, for
example, are hard to find second-hand because the knees wear
out. Another idea, if your daughters go to preschool, ask the
director if you could organize a clothes-exchange day among the
Try bumping up to 4T, my (17 month old, only 24 lbs) baby fits
(surprisingly) in many 4T tops and bottoms, i just adapt a
little. For tanks I tie a knot in the straps, and she can wear
pants that were meant to be capri as long pants and i figure she
can wear these clothes for over a year or more! I shop Target
and Old Navy...because 4T is in the ''girls'' section, i never
thought to look there...
cheap! fashionista momma
Try Old Navy (www.oldnavy.com).
2 months before my daughter turned 3 she had opinions about what
she would wear. I had bought clothes for my daughter from the
previous year on sale, only to find she wouldn't wear them.
After much angst, she finally was able to convince me that
everyone wouldn't know that she was a princess unless she was
wearing a dress (and NOT DENIM DRESSES EITHER MOMA!) So I
sucumed to her wishes and bought her a bunch of pink dresses
when I figured out her style(I couldn't keep washing the one she
would wear everyday) I put myself in her shoes and thought
about how I would feel if I were made to wear any of the clothes
my mother-in-law buys me. I decided it was important enough to
her to buy her a few things she was happy in. When she turned 4
she became much more flexible about clothes. I didn't see your
orignal post, so I don't know the age of your daughter. I'm
just throwing another possible wrench into buying your daughter
clothes. It doesn't matter the price if she won't wear them
(typical of age 3 and finding their idenity) Some girls won't
wear dresses at all. I couldn't predict which direction my
daughter was going to go in, but it turned out to be ''pink,
The other posters were right on with Ebay-great deals. Target
also has great prices- buy big because they run small. Also for
dresses I've always bought my daughter the size larger and she
can often where it the next year as well.
Pink Dress Buying Moma
Try Sweet Potatoes on Solano in Albany. They have the most
adorable girls outfits I've ever seen. You won't be
Sweet Potatoes fan
Girl's Stretch Pants/Pull-on Pants
Try Cotton Kids on Rose near Shattuck in North Berkeley. They have very
good quality cotton clothing that includes simple close fitting stretch
pants in solids and great prints. They cost $16 I think, but occasionaly
run specials if you buy two or three. We have been very happy with our
Check out ecobaby.com. They sell organic cotton "leggings" in several cute
colors for only $11.95 a pair. They're not leggings in the usual sense of
being tight like bike shorts...they're nice and loose and comfy, more like
sweatpants, in a slightly-ribbed, stretchy fabric. My 2-year-old pulls her
up and down easily. And they're well-made, and have held up beautifully in
We have gotten many pairs of this type of pants for my daughter at Target. If you are lucky,
you can get them on sale for $5-6. They are usually under their own brand, "Honors" or
"Circco." I have also gotten some on sale from Hanna Anderson (check out their website
for sale items) in the $10 range, which I was willing to pay for their higher quality.
I saw these at Target earlier this year, but I don't know if they're
seasonal. I believe you can order them from the JCPenney big catalogue
I found some for my 2-year-old at Nordstrom's in Walnut Creek. I don't know
if they have them for older girls as well, but you could try.
try Target (Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Blvd, two blocks off Route 24,
is best local store, but they're also in Pinole on I-80 and San Leandro on
880) or target.com Laura
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