Annalyn’s birthday is in October, which falls a little too late for new fall clothes. We’ve learned that we can hold out for the bulk of her cool weather clothes, but we have to break down and buy some things to get through the first few weeks of fall.

Over the tax-free weekend, I bought a few pair of pants along with glue, crayons and safety scissors. And this past weekend, we visited the Carter’s outlet store where, of course, the whole store was 20 percent off.

As we head into a new season (and my daughter has grown at least a foot, I swear), I’m reminded of two things. One, I’m powerless to resist the cuteness that is a soft pink blanket sleeper with a monkey face on it – or a satin Christmas dress with white and pink polka dots. And two, for being so small (even when you’re looking at 5T – yes, 5T!), kids’ clothes are kind of expensive!

I guess the problem is that we have to pretty much round up an entire new wardrobe every four to six months. And it can add up.

One way to avoid some of the damage to your wallet is to shop garage sales. I got several super cute fall/winter outfits this summer at a garage sale. I was actually selling a few things, along with several other girls from church. I was so excited that one of my fellow sellers had a daughter older than mine – and good taste in clothes!

[For the record, I did make more than I spent. In case you were wondering. Not that my husband asked as soon as I got home.]

Another way to save money on the seasonal wardrobe upgrade is by participating in consignment sales. My friend Hillary has written a hilarious how-to post for rocking consignment sales, including a reminder to bring sharp elbows and a smile: Tips from the Consignment Sale Guru.

I also read another post recently at Longbrake Living, a top ten list of consignment sale strategy and practical tips from Mary-Carolyn.

It just so happens that my friend Keri is part of a huge consignment sale this coming weekend. Keri has twins just a few months older than Annalyn, and she’s active with a mothers of multiples group. They put on a great sale, so if you’re local – and would like to outfit your kiddos for less than retail – check it out.

The sale is one day only, open to the public and costs just $1. You’ll find tons of gently used clothes, shoes and outerwear, maternity clothes, car seats, bedding and furniture, toys, books, videos and much more.

Children’s Fall Consignment Sale
King of Kings Lutheran Church
1701 NE 96th Street, KCMO
September 11, 2010, 8 am – 2 pm

How do you save money when buying children’s clothes?

I suppose I should mention another way to clothe your children in style: win them on blogs. I won the adorable pillowcase dress on Annalyn (in the photo above) from The Finer Things in Life. It was made by Hot Tots Boutique, and I simply LOVE it!

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