Looking for back-to-school clothes for your kids? There are plenty of children’s clothing brands promoting Labor Day sales, but how good are they really? Here’s my take:
Carter’s / OshKosh (owned by the same company) is having a 50% off sale plus an extra 25% off of purchases over $50. The 50% off is automatic, but use the code code LABORDAY to get the extra 25% online or print the coupon from their website and bring it in-store for the same 25% off deal for $50+ and 15% off if you don’t reach that amount. They also have an in-store promo where you get a $10 credit with a $40 purchase, so you if you bought $50 in store you could get 25% off plus the $10 credit. (split transactions, anyone?)
Mini Boden via PlumDistrict. Mini Boden is offering 15% off plus free shipping on orders over $50, but the real deal is that PlumDistrict is having a flash promotion where you can buy a $50 voucher to Boden for $35. So I bought the PlumDistrict voucher and then used that for most of my Mini Boden order, and then you’re at a 40% savings without taking into account any sales they might have. I ended up getting a really nice winter coat for my daughter for $38, and it’ll last through two Boston winters and still look great.
Old Navy is “Everything up to 50% off” now through Monday, in-stores or online, but I found a lot of “up to” and not a lot of “50% off”. For example, I need some toddler long sleeve shirts and technically all of theirs are discounted but the discounts are $16.94 to $16.00, $8.94 to $8.00, and so on. I like Old Navy for basics like leggings – the clothes won’t last long but it’s cheap, perfect for growing bodies – but it just kind of annoys me when a store advertises a big sale and then the discount is 4%. Really, Old Navy? You can do better than that. I found Gap/Baby Gap’s Labor Day sale to be similarly iffy (they are owned by the same company).
Could’a been a contender:
Hanna Andersson tends to offer deals on one type of item at a time on their website, so it says Labor Day sale but today that means pants are 25% off and tomorrow that will mean another category. They do have some good deals on backpacks if you still need one, and there are some cute girls dresses in clearance if you want to stock up for next year. My feeling with Hanna is that if you can get to an outlet, that’s way better (Many of you have read my old post reviewing their outlets and already know how I feel about this one). I got a promotion email for the outlets for up to 60% off, and their outlets tend to have good prices anyway, so I may be braving a trip through the crowds this weekend.
Gymboree has 40% off of everything, plus some additional markdowns, so if you’re a big Gymboree fan it might be a good time to stock up. I’m not a huge Gymbo person – I tend to do the high/low thing of buying basics inexpensively (there’s no way a plain white top is going to escape damage so why not spend $5 instead of $20 on it?) and spending more for some high quality items at brands like Tea, Mini Boden, or Hanna Andersson (using coupons and deals to make these more affordable). But if you love Gymboree style it’s a good middle point.
Tea Collection has fall styles on sale online, but the big sale from last season’s line is over, so to me it’s not worth it. The better deal here is to buy Tea through Nordstrom – they have a lot of Tea on sale for 50% off so the prices are lower (both in-store and online)