Back to school is happening soon, and if you are looking for a way to slash those prices on clothing for your kids, you might be frustrated. Buying a $20 t-shirt for a child might not be practical for you, especially if you have more than one child to buy for, but what can you do to get the hottest looks for your kids on a dime? A lot, actually!
Make the fashions yourself
Instead of buying those looks in the store, do this: Pick up a few basic t-shirts for $4 each at Target or Wal-Mart and bedazzle or bejewel them, or you can get fabric paint and stencils in packages at craft stores to paint the looks you like. Slash the bottom of a girl’s t-shirt and tie the slashes to make a fringe shirt, which is all the rage this Fall. Get creative and make the looks for half the price.
Shop thrift stores
Often you can find jeans for kids or designer clothes at thrift stores that just need a bit of repair or cleaning. Shop thrift stores and look for these types of clothing. If you find a pair of jeans from Calvin Klein but they have a hole in the knee, they’re still worth the $5 you’d spend because they are designer and holes in pants are very “in.” Did you find a dress you like, but it has a spot in the corner? Buy it and paint a design over the spot.
Revamp what you have
To do this, you need to think outside of the box. Have you seen the trend of tights under shorts? That was all about finding new function for the clothes already in the closet. You can do the same thing, and your old pieces will be able to go from Summer to Fall with little to no purchasing of new pieces. Those old slacks with a torn leg hem? Cut them into wide leg capris. What about that old cardigan? Cut off the sleeves and now it’s a vintage style, oversized vest that looks cute with leggings and flats. Get creative and use your basic cutting and sewing skills to your advantage.
Trade out old pieces for new
There are stores waiting to buy your old name brand clothes. Those stores will give you cash or store credit that you can use to get some new pieces. This is the perfect way to put your kid’s closet to work for you to get those new styles for nothing.
Get tech savvy
Check online sites for some of the best deals and use your smartphone to help out! You can save just by signing up for text alerts on items you need. Check out brand sites and see what they have to offer. You don’t even have to shop around or look for coupons by doing this.
Many places have a “sales tax free” weekend around the time that school is set to begin. Here in Georgia our Tax-free weekend is August 1-2. Take advantage of this holiday and save a bundle on not paying taxes on school clothing.