Desperate - Need Advice on Clothes for Son and Self

Updated on June 21, 2010
M.P. asks from Gardner, KS
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Hi everyone... I desperately need advice on clothes for my son and I. My son is 13 months old and growing so fast, I have to buy him new clothes every other month! I am also on a diet and have been losing weight pretty rapidly, so something I bought last month will no longer fit... I am in the middle of a divorce and will probably be moving from my house to an apartment soon... I can't afford to spend all this money on clothes!!! I need to look nice for work and my son needs clothes that fit... I've tried garage sales with little luck and the few consignment shops I've tried are as expensive as buying new clothes... Does anyone have any ideas...? Thanks in advance...

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answers from Omaha on

Have you tried going to Pete N' Repeat - on State Line Rd? It's a great consignment shop, has both adult clothing downstairs and kids clothes upstairs.

Children's Orchard has great kids clothes that are cheap too, on 119th and Strang Line in Olathe.

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answers from Kansas City on

Try Childrens Orchard. A lot of their clothes are only $2.99. Some are a little more and some are less. I love that place. It is by Target on 119th Street.



answers from Kansas City on

Childrens orchard is a great place for a fast growing baby. If you take in the clothes he just grew out of they will give you a better disccount. All of the clothes are name brand and in great shape. I can't really tell you where to shop, but there are a lot of clearance sales on right now.



answers from Kansas City on

E-bay for clothes is great for yourself - I find awesome shirts and jeans so cheap - the only problem is that the shipping is pricey so it is always best to buy several things from one buyer and they combine the shipping. For your son the children's orchard on 119th by that Target is awesome. That is the only way that we could afford to clothe my daughter - the prices of clothes is ridiculous for children. If you don't want to go the e-bay route I would say that the clearance rack at Target is always great - Tide with color safe bleach is expensive but well worth it to make your clothes last longer and I always hang up my jeans and not put them in the dryer and they last years.



answers from Kansas City on


You are in luck that September is a huge month for large consignment garage sales, which should have clothes for your son. I've been hitting these sales this past year for my son and have found excellent deals. They have racks and racks of clothes in all sizes. Bring a laundry basket when you shop.

1.September 6-8 @ VFW Hall 1205 Ott in

2. September 14-16, 2007 at the Overland Park International Trade Center (6800 W. 115th Street, Overland Park, KSÂ 66211)

3. September 20-23 - Metro North JBF Sale -

4. September 22nd from 8:00 am till 1:00 pm. - Mothers of Multiples Garage Sale - First Church of the Nazarine, 11811 Stateline Rd (119th & Stateline)

5. OCTOBER 19-21, 2007 - Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66111 -

As for clothes for you, my husband had found this website that looks like it has good prices: I also think that Goodwill store on 135th & Murlen is good.

Good luck!


answers from Kansas City on

Hi M.,

Congratulations on doing great on your diet! Have you heard of 1/2 off 1/2 ? There is a store that sells name brand clothing at 1/2 of 1/2 of the prices and most of the times they have a rack with 99 cents bargains! I love it, It is in Lenexa, I 35 and Quiviera, you have to take the road that goes under the bridge, I believe is Frontage road or Lenexa Drive.
OK her is how you get there, The road is the same one where Costco is, but to the North. If you are going West on 87th Street, you take a right in the first road that goes under the bridge just before getting into I 35, you go South for a little bit and you will see it on your right, it is huge and you need a lot of time to spend there since many of the things are damaged, but you can find great things at bargain prices.
If You are coming form the South, take the same road that you take to go to Costco, comming from 95th right before Pflumm, pass Costco and keep driving until you find it on your left, just before reaching 87th street.
Sorry I don't have their address, I just know how to get there!
Best of luck! They also have kids stuff and the best day to go in on a Wednesday morning, they have new stuff every day but more on Wednesdays!

Mariana Abadie



answers from Kansas City on

I've found that Goodwill (off Santa Fe/135th and Mur-Len next to Hobby Lobby) is a pretty good place to get inexpensive baby clothes, and sometimes even stuff I can wear.



answers from Kansas City on

As you're buying things for you that no longer fit in a short period of time, consider consigning them, as well. Also, consider thrift stores.



answers from Kansas City on

There is a big sale coming up in a couple of weeks, its called Just Between Friends, and will be in Overland Park. You can sell the clothes he has out grown, and use the money to buy some that will fit him now, and maybe even some bigger sizes to get him through the winter. All of the clothes are individually inspected before they are allowed to sell, so you can be sure there are no stains or holes. I have always gotten really nice stuff for my son at their sales. You can check it out more on the web at


answers from New York on

Try a site called GumdropSwap ( You can swap from anywhere in the US by sending the clothes your kids outgrow to this kids boutique in CT. An option if you want to get some value out of all the money you spent instead of flat out donating. As long your things are in good condition they don't turn down anything because of brand, size or season. They take everything unlike resale store like Once Upon a Child! They give you points to shop on the website and send the clothes that fit your kids. It's great if you don't have time, patience or know how to do consignment, Ebay, craigslist, tag sale, etc.



answers from Kansas City on

Sara Jessica Parker's new line of clothing called "bitten" is available at Steve and Barry's in the Great Mall in Olathe. Nothing is over $20 and she designs business clothes as well as casual. For your son, I would recommend Goodwill. I have found a lot for my son there with tags still on them. Someimes you have to search a bit, but it's worth it. It's all the same after you wash it anyway, so why pay more? Hope this helps.

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