Most of you who read my blog regularly probably know by now that I have two crazy little kids. Carter is almost 5 and Kenzie is almost 3. They are so much fun and keep me on my toes all day long. Being a mom is great, but one bad thing about having kids – they are EXPENSIVE! I’d love to dress them in designer duds all day, everyday, but things like preschool, saving for college, braces, daily activities, etc… make that unrealistic. Well, maybe not. Keep on reading…
Some of my favorite kid brands are Crewcuts, Baby Gap, Polo, Splendid, Converse, Adidas, Nike and Under Armour. They all make such cute stuff, right? Well, today, I’m partnering up with the metro area Phoenix Kid to Kid stores to explain how we can all afford to buy our kids items from those brands. Kid to Kid sells new and gently used baby items, kids clothing, toys and accessories. They even sell baby gear (high chairs, strollers, swings, exersaucers, carriers). Basically anything kid-related through the age of birth through 12+, they have it.
Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Kid to Kid store in Peoria, Arizona. My kids tagged along because I’m a mom without a regular babysitter so my kids are usually with me. I visited the store while I was packing for our upcoming trip to the beach in California. I had things like swimsuits, summer clothing, sandals and sand toys on the brain. Let’s just say I was much more prepared after our shopping trip.
My kids ran around the store like a kid in a candy (toy?) shop, which makes perfect sense because the place was stocked. My son quickly spotted a Melissa & Doug dinosaur puzzle and started begging me for it. He’s in a huge puzzle stage right now and I’m all about quiet activities. It was marked $5.99 and was perfect for his age range. No brainer – that one went straight in the cart. We then stumbled upon a couple Green Toys which were perfect for the beach. Sold.
Next, we moved onto clothes and shoes. All the clothes were separated out by size and style (long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, dresses, shorts, etc.). I had an easy time browsing through only the sizes I needed and found all sorts of cute stuff. The shoes were color-coded by size, which also made it super easy to shop. My son found a pair of awesome Adidas sandals for only $4.99, and Kenzie got a pair of pink Converse for $6.99. Added to cart. We browsed the swimsuits, visited the bathroom twice (pretty typical when shopping with two little ones) and checked out the hats.
There was some back and forth with my son and his final shopping selections. I really wanted him to get the green Crewcuts swim trunks, but he begged me for the sharks. I also found him the cutest gingham button down shirts and some athletic gear (which he cutely refers to as “soft clothes”). After much discussion, the sharks won, I got the gingham and he also snagged the soft clothes. I guess that’s where we are at in life.
For less than $100, we ended up with the following: a Spendid dress, a Polo Ralph Lauren dress, the cutest red maxi dress, a matching red sun hat, a girls tutu swimsuit, shark swim trunks, four button-down shirts (three of them were marked down to $1!!), Chaps dress shorts, an Under Armour shirt, an Adidas polo shirt, Puma shorts, pink Converse, Adidas sandals, the dinosaur puzzle and two Green Toys airplanes. Yes, all that stuff was under $100 and in perfect condition.
You may also recognize my kimono, which I talked about a couple weeks back in my Uptown Cheapskate blog post. They are owned by the same company and Uptown Cheapskate is a natural transition when your children grow out of Kid to Kid. A lot of the Phoenix area Kid to Kid locations have an Uptown Cheapskate store right next door, which makes it super easy anytime you clean out your closets. You can sell unused items for cash or store credit.
Don’t forget to check out the local Arizona Kid to Kid website to find out your closest location (hint: They might even have a coupon for additional savings on their website). If you don’t live in the Phoenix area, you can click here to see if there is a Kid to Kid store in your area. Also, May is Foster Care Awareness Month and Kid to Kid offers an additional discount for foster families.
The Phoenix area Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores are all having huge Memorial Day sales this weekend, along with their mega semi-annual sale which runs from June 15-18 (think additional savings and items from $1-3). Pretty sure I’ll be hitting that one up. Here are the sales going on by store this weekend:
- Kid to Kid Peoria: 25% off all shorts, t-shirts and tanks for babies, kids and maternity
- Kid to Kid Paradise Valley: 15% off apparel and shoes
- Kid to Kid Chandler and Gilbert: 25% off swimwear, pool toys and select apparel (register for the Facebook event here to get the discount.
- Kid to Kid Ahwatukee: 15% off apparel and shoes
- Uptown Cheapskate Scottsdale and Chandler: 30% off tank tops, shorts and dresses
- Uptown Cheapskate Peoria: 25% off all shorts, t-shirts and tanks
Now I’ll leave you with some vacation photos of my cuties enjoying their Kid to Kid goodies. Have you ever shopped or sold items to Kid to Kid? Leave me a comment below!