In February, I self-imposed a ban on shopping for kid stuff until Bug’s first birthday in March. Now that she’s one, I may continue to shop. However, I am being more frugal and discerning than ever. Like everyone, our budget is tight and I am also getting overwhelmed by the amount of stuff my little girl is accumulating. I was reminded of how much I want her to appreciate more than her fabulous clothing, when I noticed the clear starry sky last night, with Orion shining bright. Not bad for a Northern Virginia night with nearby lights of the Vienna Metro station lighting up the sky.
So where am I shopping these days? I’m so glad you asked:
- Consignment Sales. In the fall I discovered children’s consignment sales. I found great deals on designer clothes and like-new toys for a fraction of their cost new. Many blogs and Web sites have compilations, so I won’t recreate the wheel here. Check out Kids Consignment Sales and Our Kids for links to loads of sales.
- Local Kids Clothing and Gear Shops. Within and near Vienna, there actually are a few choices for buying kids stuff – no need to necessarily trek to the big box stores miles away. Paddington Station is a small consignment shop in town. The Tabby Cat opened in September in Oakton, and offers unique gifts and more high-end clothes (I love the Tea Collection of clothes that they carry). There’s also Baby Blossom close by in Fairfax, which has lots of baby gear items. The Vienna Quilt Shop also features some handcrafted children’s items – located on Maple Ave on the way to Tysons.
- Online daily deal sites. We’re likely all familiar with Groupon or Living Social. I recently learned about Certifikid, which is like either of those sites but just for kid-related things. They currently have a deal on birthday parties at Childtime Magic Party Place in Vienna.
So I’ll save my pennies a little, then go forth and spend. How about you? Where are you shopping these days locally for the best deals?