But now that I live in the land of REALLY expensive fashion for kids of all ages, I find myself really missing Hanna Andersson. Which looks expensive on the surface, but really it's not. I love the classic "it's a daydress, it's a playdress" for little girls:
|It's a Playdress It's a Daydress, sale $30|
However, it's little boys' clothes where Hanna really has given me my money's worth. Because in my experience, their clothes are so sturdy, and so timelessly designed, that the economics of a typical Hanna purchase go something like this:
[[(Retail price) - (Outlet discount)] / (Number of kids in your family)] - consignment profit
... assuming you are fortunate enough to live near an outlet (say, in Portland, Oregon), which I once was. And the outlet prices are pretty darned good, especially if you shop a few years ahead of when your kids will be wearing the clothes, and you're not too picky on colors. Even without outlet or online-clearance prices, Hannas have always been a good deal for our family. As long as I'm buying for my oldest boy, each item will be worn by at least three kids (five, if the color/style is unisex enough), and everything I've bought has remained in good enough condition to resell at consignment for 25% or so of the original price. In other words, these originally $48 sweater and $40 jeans:
|Open Spaces Sweater Hoodie, sale $38|
|Five pocket slim jeans, $40|
end up costing only about $30/kid even if only the boys wear them, and even if I don't sell them at the end. The math is even better if the girls wear them too. I love it when I can be cheap, and the kids can look their cutest, all at the same time.
Now if only Hanna sold decent winter coats, I'd be stylin'.
Un-disclosure: This post is not an ad, I am just a big fan. In real life, Hanna Andersson gets MY money, not the other way around. All images are from Hanna Andersson.
Linked to Gettingaheadblog.com's "Frugal Tuesday Tips."