I’ve spent enough time as a nanny to know that keeping kids in clothes that fit is almost a job in itself. That’s why expensive children’s clothes have always been a silly concept to me. Your child may be a terrific kid, but does he or she really need an $80 pair of shoes?

The change in seasons is an ideal time to outfit your kids in all the latest trends. There’s nothing wrong with that — just make sure you’re savvy about it. Here’s how to do it.

Online deals

Totsy.com and Zulily.com are two of the top websites for moms with a fashion sense and tight budget. Each site runs about a dozen daily deals on items every day. The items typically cost 60 percent less than retail, and customers have three to four days to take advantage of the deals.

However, to use the deal sites, you have to register an email address with them before you’re granted access, which means you’ll get about two emails a day from each site.


Shopping consignment sales can be time-consuming, but what you’ll spend in time you will save in cash. To find consignment stores in your area, visit consignmentmommies.com.

On March 13-16, Charleston Repeats will host a huge consignment sale of baby, toddler, kids, teens and maternity items at the Omar Shrine Convention Center in Mount Pleasant. The organization says it takes in only “upscale” and gently used items.

These types of sales tend to draw a competitive crowd, so be sure to get there early. The sale opens to the public at 10 a.m. Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, the doors open at 7 a.m. and all merchandise will be half off until 3 p.m. Plus, those who sign up to volunteer will be able to shop the sale before it begins at a pre-sale event on Wednesday. Go to charlestonrepeats.com.

Think ahead

When you’re shopping, try to buy clothes that fit your kids a little bigger so they can get more than one season’s wear out of them. If you’re planning to have more children, buy items in neutral colors such as tan and yellow so you can reuse them.

Also, be realistic. Buy fabrics that are resistant to stains and wrinkles (not linen, for example) or are washable. They’re cheaper and will last longer, which means you can resell the clothes once your child grows out of them.

Email Abigail Darlington at Charlestonsavvyshopper@postandcourier.com. Find more ways to save by liking our Facebook page and visiting the blog at charleston savvyshopper.com.