Buying anything, including clothes, out of season can make huge savings for the clever shopper. The key is to have a rough idea of how much your child will have grown by the time that season comes around again. For example, going shopping in October for summer clothing may seem quite batty, but it’s when you’re most likely to get the best bargains.
A word of warning though – this tactic isn’t recommended where perfect fits are important. It’s pretty much impossible to know how large your child’s feet will be in six months time, so stick to clothes rather than shoe shopping in advance.
As any member of the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) knows, their Nearly New sales are a godsend for new mums. The quality is usually excellent and sales are held throughout the year. For information about when the next sale is being held near you, check out their website by clicking here.
When it comes to children’s shoes, a perfect fit is important. The best way to get quality shoes at bargain prices is to look out for established companies who have a sale shop near you. Clarks factory shops are a good place to start – their staff are all trained to the same standard, but the stock is usually a third of the price in their high street stores.
The relentless rise of Tesco continues apace and it’s hard to ignore the lure of fabulous children’s clothes at knock-down rates. It’s up to each consumer to make their own informed decision on whether supermarket chains can pay their overseas workers an adequate wage and still make a profit on a £3 pair of jeans. That said, the quality and styling of children’s clothes in stores such as Tesco and Asda are getting better all the time.
Rather than being buried under a growing mound of outgrown clothing, many parents are turning to ebay to offload hardly worn clothes at knockdown rates. Look out for clothing bundles – a quick trawl found sellers offering 50-90 items of toddler clothing for as little as £15.