I do not splurge on anything really. I am very capable of spending a lot of money, but if I do, I want to get a ton of stuff. I have never been able to buy the $100 purse or shoes. I knew that I would never wear or use it because I wanted to keep it nice, therefore defeating the purpose of buying it. So when it came to clothes that children wear for such a short amount of time, I couldn't bring myself to spend $20 on a pair of pants or $15 on a shirt. And with two boys, I had a lot to buy.
Instead of hitting up Gymboree, Children's Place and Baby Gap, I spent lots of time at Valueland, and Once Upon a Child. Thankfully, Eric was very supportive of this idea of thrifted clothes, which made it a lot easier.
The only downside to this method is that you may find something in a size you don't need, or there just might not be a lot of good finds in the size you're looking for. I'll admit, Eric had to veto a couple of the items I bought and most of what I purchased is pretty basic (I have lots of solid thermals). But there are some finds that are just great. Here are a few of my favorites...
But please, don't get me wrong, I did buy all of their socks and white onesies new, their winter coats (I couldn't find their sizes used), and I couldn't resist a couple of hoodies at Target. Plus, they wear a lot of new clothes that were given to them after coming home. Buying new clothes is sometimes necessary and it's always really fun. I just couldn't bring myself to spends hundreds of dollars on clothes that they would grow out of in a matter of weeks. And I plan on purchasing the majority of their clothes used until they are a bit older, and don't grow out of things as quickly. Until then, I spend my free nights popping into thrift stores, and if I'm lucky, I find something me for too ;)