[ADVERT]I don't know about you, but my idea of a bargain is a good quality item bought at a fraction of the usual price, rather than a cheap and poorly made item for the same kind of price. That's why I make regular pilgrimages to designer kids clothing sales to stock up my daughter's wardrobe. That way, she's dressed in fun and funky looking clothes that wash and wear well, but for the same kind of price that you'd pay for similar outfits at K-Mart and Target. In other words, we get the designer looks without the hefty price tag.
If you want to do the same, check out my top picks of Sydney's kids designer clothing sale events.
SOOKibaby & SOSOOKI
SOOKIbaby and SOSOOKI hold pop up warehouse sales
SOOKIbaby and SOSOOKI specialise in good quality, funky clothes for the trendy 0 -7 year old in your life. Their trademark is bright colours and bold motifs (think cupcakes or babushka dolls for the girls, and rinos or scooters for the boys), along with great details such as pleats, bows and ruffles that really set their clothes apart from other brands.
Of course, this kind of quality doesn't come cheap, but (at least) once a year, those kind people at Sooki hold a pop up warehouse sale, where most items are reduced by 60% - 70%, with prices starting at just $10. Not only that, but if you spend over $100, you also get to choose from a number of funky free gifts such as wrapping paper or a set of gift cards.
Unlike many sales that just last a few days or a weekend, the Sooki sale last about six weeks (or until they run out of stock), which means you don't have to break your neck to get there within a short window. You can take your time and go when it suits you, even making repeat visits if you like.
In true pop-up fashion, the sales change venue each time, but so far I have been to sales at shop fronts in Rockdale and Kogarah. They are pretty well organized affairs (if a little tight to get around with a pram), with all the stock hung in rows in size order and topped up every day. This sale is definitely on my annual pilgrimage list as far as kid's clothing sales are concerned – I've picked up so many really cute things for my daughter for a snip.
The sales are not held at specific times, so the best way to find out about them is to sign up to their newsletter or join them on Facebook.
Plum Babywear hold regular warehouse events
Australian-owned Plum Babywear is apparently one of the country's most loved and trusted children's and baby brands. Their hallmark is well designed and well made separates for the baby about town, including everything from basics like socks and onesies, to dresses, shirt, hats and swimwear; all at what they describe as 'realistic prices'. It's true that their prices aren't unreasonable on a normal day, but during their sale events prices go down to as little as $5.
Plum Babywear warehouse sales - prices start from as little as $5
Ordinarily stocked in stores including David Jones, Baby Bunting and top boutiques Australia wide, they hold sale events a couple of times per year, often somewhere in the eastern suburbs or, most recently, Alexandria. The events usually start on a Wednesday and go through to Sunday. Whilst not as distinctive a brand as Sooki, their clothes are well made and wash well, and for $5 a pop, you can't really go wrong. My one gripe would be that there always seems to be more in stock for boys than girls, but if you sort through, you can still pick up a few decent bargains for the little ladies in your life.
As the sales are held at random intervals. The best way to hear about them is to sign up to the Plum newsletter, via their homepage, or join them on Facebook.
Junior Sample Sale
Junior Sample Sale events feature a host of designer brands under one roof
Junior Sample Sale is a sale event that happens a few times a year, and instead of featuring a single brand, there are stalls from a whole host of designer kids brands, all under one roof, and all up to 90% off the recommended retail price. The events take place at Sydney Boy's High School in Moore Park, and the next sale one is planned for Sunday 28th October. Some of the brands that will be on sale are Tutu Du Monde, Boaobab, Garvalin, Absorba, Peggy, Scruffy Dog and Oobie, all clearing samples, seconds and previous season's stock at a fraction of the normal price. The bargains aren't restricted to just kids' clothes – there are also shoes, toys, gifts and treats for mum such as nappy bags, and maternity wear.
The next Junior Sample Sale is on 28th October at Sydney Boy's High School
Curiously, they charge an entrance fee (of $2 or $3), but last time around I picked up a beautiful pair of Spanish leather shoes for my daughter for $30, instead of their rrp of $135, so I figured that the entrance fee was money well spent. The other thing is that it's only on for a day, so if that date doesn't work for you, you'll miss out. On the plus side though, parking in the school is free and fairly easy, so that's one less thing to think about before you shop.
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