Friday, September 11, 2015

How many outfits does your kid need? {Just Between Friends of Everett/Monroe Giveaway}

I recently asked online "How many outfits / clothing items are necessary for children? How many shirts, pants, shoes, jackets, special occasion outfits do you try to have per season?"
My hands down favorite answer came from a friend;

"When it's time to get dressed - never enough.  When's it laundry time - too many."
Truer words have never been spoken!!

But in all seriousness, it's really hard to balance between enough clothes versus feeling like you're prepared for anything. I personally have a ton of totes packed away from Penny, expecting to be able to use them on my second daughter Ruby, but Ruby hasn't even gone through half of them because of their size difference. Because I hate the look of overstuffed drawers so much is just sitting in storage for a someday baby. 

But, if you've followed The Pierogie Mama for a couple years you know that I've been cashing in on Just Between Friends consignment sales for purchasing the clothes that we're needing for the following season and consigning the clothes and toys that we are done with.

So what did my sample of moms respond with what is their perfect balance of "just enough" clothes to get their child through a season?

  • 7-10 shirts
  • 3-4 pairs of paints
  • 2 dressy outfits
  • 5 pajamas
  • 2 weeks worth of underwear and socks
  • Seasonal items: one rain jacket, one warm winter jacket, a couple pairs of swim suits, a pair of sandals and sneakers. 
It can seem really hard to limit clothes, especially when the outfits are so cute! But considering the cost of brand new clothes and how quickly children outgrow them it doesn't make sense to have a huge investment in tons of different outfits once your child has outgrown the super messy stage. Babies are an exception because pukes and blowouts can happen at any moment and I've been there when it's outfit change #7 of the day!

This fall I've been taking a close look at what clothing items we have for the girls to last us through the rest of the year. I've still got a ton of items left over from Penny that were meant to be passed down to Ruby; more than she will ever wear. Mason Jar Values, another local blogging mama, shared her ingenious way to give the perfect balance of how to organize her children's handmedowns

"Once sorted, if they don’t fit in the drawers, we don’t keep them, passing on the goodness."
-Rachel, Mason Jar Values

So smart! I utilized this idea and now we have neatly organized drawers and I've set aside two piles - clothes to pass on to friends and clothes to consign.

This Fall, just like you'll find me several times per year, I'm shopping at the upcoming Just Between Friends of Everett/Monroconsignment event for babies, children and maternity. I love shopping there to fill in those gaps for the upcoming size for Penny and where I don't have quite enough for Ruby. In sales past I have saved as much as 72% off retail on my whole purchase! That is huge when you are buying clothes for each season!

I also encourage you to go through your stock pile of clothes that you might be saving for your "someday baby" and glean out the outfits that you may not use again or bring down the quantity. Consigning with JBF is totally worth it because you get 60-75% in return for your consigned items, which is a lot more than many other consignment options. I've consigned 3 times and each sale I bring home at least a couple hundred dollars. The process is also very streamlined; so once you get your items tagged ahead of time it is about 30 minutes to drop off your items and about the same amount of time to pick them up at the end of the sale.

So mark your calendars for the upcoming JBF Everett/Monroe Fall Sale Event, and keep scrolling down because I have another surprise for you...

Thursday Oct 1 2015
12:00p - 7:00p *Prime Time Shopping* Limited tickets are available
12:30p - 7:00p  Pre-sale for consignors (free entry)

1:00 - 7:00 Pre-sale for first time & expecting parents, grandparents, foster, military and teachers
Reserve here

1:30p - 7:00p Free entry with donation of NEW socks and underwear (4T - teen) to benefit the charity event.
2:00 - 7:00 Public Sale Day 1, $2 entry or get a free pass

Friday October 2 2015
9:00a - 3:00p Public Sale Day 2, free admission!

Saturday October 3 2015
9:00a - 5:00p Public Sale Day 3, free admission!
5:30 - 7:00p HALF PRICE PRESALE! Get your early access ticket here

Sunday October 4 2015
8:00a - 2:00p Half Price Sale - all items without a star are 50% off!
This is an abbreviated schedule; please see the full event schedule here.

Just Between Friends of Everett/Monroe wants to get 4 Pierogie Mama readers in early! Check out the giveaway below and enter to win some pre-sale passes. Please see giveaway regarding full details; passes will not be mailed to you. 

October 1-4 2015

Evergreen State Fairgrounds

Commercial Bldg: 14405 179th Ave SE Bldg #400
Monroe, WA

So tell me - How many outfits / clothing items do you think are necessary for children? How many shirts, pants, shoes, jackets, special occasion outfits do you try to have per season?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by JBF Everett/Monroe. All opinions are my own. 
The Pierogie Mama is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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