A Growing Cents of Style!

Mar 5, 2011 | Fashion, On Motherhood | 18 comments

Don’t I wish that I came up with that!  
A Growing Cents of Style is the name of the designer baby/kids resale extravaganza I attended last night!
It wouldn’t be entirely truthful for me to say I don’t care about “labels.”
If I didn’t I suppose I wouldn’t want a Louis Vuitton someday…
In many ways I don’t care but as far as quality there are some things along the way of construction, design and uniqueness that you just aren’t going to find at Target… besides, what a relief to be able to buy some things that AREN’T made in China!
It’s been two years since I have had the chance to attend this sale! I have been saving in a ball jar for this one and boy did I score big last night for the chickens!  The girls made out like bandits and Aidan did O.K. but there just wasn’t the selection for boys size 6-8.  Aidan likes to look a bit “Dapper Dan” too and isn’t really down with the whole skull t-shirt thing. 
 I am raising the kids to have a sense of style .  Classic with a touch of hilarious whimsy – which is why Aidan wears Wellies and a John Deere sock cap all summer and Amélie is known for wearing a vintage pill box hat to the grocery store.   I don’t know if that’s “OK”, I am sure not trying to teach them to be materialistic… just that how you dress DOES say something about yourself and how you respect the people around you. So far both of them have a clear idea of how they like to look and I appreciate that.  With how shabby many kids look today I figure I am doing the future generation a favor!  HA!
The next sale is in September and I hope to attend… as a new or expectant Mom I will be able to shop a day early like last night!  But I am due September 15th so we’ll see!
Check out this loot!  (This is just part of it!)
Clothing at the sale is marked at least 25% less than it’s original price.  I’ve been doing a little research this morning of labels and prices on the internet and I am guessing I bought over $1,000 worth of clothing last night.  (For a song).  Ralph Lauren Polo and Gap plaid for Aidan and a darling red Jacadi dress for Amélie!

I checked out Baby Lulu online this morning… this was a $60 dress… I got it for $9.  And how about that robin’s egg blue and brown number for Hoolie!  You should have seen her face when I put it on her!  Reminded me of her big sister’s appreciation for pretty things.

Hoolie’s Gymboree rain coat… so classic and such a hoot cause I have NEVER bought anything at Gymboree in my LIFE! Ten dollars!  AND the biggest find of the night… hold on to your designer socks girls…
A ROTHCHILD wool coat, never worn for Amélie!  HOLY CRAP!  Retails for $150.00… drumroll…  I paid $15.00!
Amélie, Hoolie and MY GRANDDAUGHTERS WILL WEAR THIS COAT and Amélie is thrilled to have a coat and muffler that looks like Madeleine!
Just like her Momma, Amélie needs a little funk with her classic so that’s where the hot pink and black ensemble comes in… we also have Janie and Jack and green toile sleeveless romper (Gymboree) for Hoolie and a darling Savannah skirt for Lee.  $27 for the four.
Finally, my little Jackie -O.  This is what I mean, this is her “stye”… is that so cute or WHAT!~
Now, I am brainstorming on how in the world I could put together a similar sale for us big girls.  Wouldn’t THAT be fun!?


  1. Joannah

    OMW! You scored!!!

    I love Baby LuLu. I have something I bought when I was adopting, and I’m pretty sure it’s in that same print. So pretty!

    Now, was this event something that friends of yours put together? I’d love to go to that kind of thing. We do have some kids’ consignment shops around here, but I doubt that I’d find things like you did. Way too many kids dressed in skateboarding apparel around here. I think it’s fun to have a sense of style and an eye for a good deal.

    Way to go, mama!

  2. Stephanie

    They are all great, but that blue coat and striped dress are beyond cute, and the girls make great models!

  3. Mandy

    you sure are sly girly-putting in that “I’m due in” line! CONGRATULATIONS:) and great finds….

  4. Lisa@Pickles and Cheese

    Wow!! You got some unbelievably good deals on some gorgeous things. Great photos today of your adorable kidlets!

  5. Julie

    Wow! What great finds! Love the Jackie-O style and that Rothschild coat is amazing. Believe me, if you put together a similar sale for us big girls, I would gladly make the trek from California.

    Your models are adorable, and congratulations on Chicken # 4.

  6. WhiteWhispers2u

    Fantabulous Finds! Your Children are Darling and Congratulations on baby to be How exciting!
    Yes these kinds of sales are awesome! I know they do them often around here & even trade decor, clothing as well as sales.
    Sure you could organize one for adults I’m sure it would be a hit.
    In Montana we had a co-op and we would trade items, order organic foods in bulk and split it up.I miss that here in Oregon.~Cheers Kim

  7. Theanne and Baron

    Absolutely fabulous! What a deal for such fantastic finds! Excellent models! So cute!

  8. Rachel

    What? Another baby?! Yay!! Congratulations & well done. 🙂

  9. Kalee

    First off I am doing a (in my head) happy dance that we were all right and you’re pregnant again! Congratulations!

    And second, way to score on the good, long-lasting clothes! You picked some really lovely pieces. And Amelie just cracks me up, I LOVE her style!

  10. cityfarmer

    oh, Jackie is right …

  11. à la parisienne

    I love Hoolie’s robin’s egg and brown dress, and LOVE Amélie’s black & white striped dress-very chic.
    Jacadi and Janie and Jack make the most sophisticated children’s clothing. I would love to find a sale like this one!

    Congrats on all of your loot!


  12. A Joyful Chaos

    That wool coat is absolutely adorable, and what a bargain!

  13. Renata

    Hi Angela
    I love the buys you got – I just love that little red dress.
    Oh & CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I don’t know how I missed your announcement previously (or is this the first one), but I am so excited for you guys – another blessing!!!
    Hope you have a wonderful day & are keeping well

  14. Victoria

    Would it be really bad to let Amelie do some kid modeling? Just in print I mean. I’m probably a bad mom for even suggesting it.

    Wish I could’ve gone. Baby girl outgrows all the clothes too quick though.. and so far, nothing too stylish yet. Sigh. Next year. If I had known about it I would’ve saved some dough.

    I want that nautical dress, too. and PLEASE tell me those are not HER glasses?? Smashing.

  15. Coco Coterie

    Funk with classic is always a good thing. 🙂 xox Alexandra

  16. The Not So Perfect Housewife

    Oh my goodness.. she is an adorable little thing!! Girl you are truly blessed..
    Deals & an adorable family!!

  17. fionasmosaic

    We never had much money in our 27 years, but I always thrifted, resaled, garage saled, etc. And our kids always looked wonderful! I even had a girl at church ask me if we were rich! I said, “NO, but we’re rich in the important stuff!”

    As for teaching them about fashion etc…..I always taught my girls that they should wear what they like, wether it is considered trendy or not. They came up with a couple of funky outfits when they were little, but now as women they are very fashionable but spend almost ZERO on clothing. Someone asked me the other day about my daughter (she is at the university) and when I said who she was they said, “Oh she is the one that always dresses SO FUN! She is quite the trendsetter at school, but also so very sweet.” The last part was what made me the happiest….but I got to admit, that I was able to teach them to please THEMSELVES in how they dress, and to do it without spending much pleases me no end.

    Great job on your buys!!! You are teaching your kids some GREAT skills in an uncertain economy. Besides all the money you save can go for other important things, also a great life lesson for them.

    God bless!!

  18. Lana K. W. Austin

    I love you, totally and COMPLETELY love you!!!!

    You ROCK!!!

    These are wonderful finds! They are concurrently timelessly classic AND so en vogue!!!

    Gorgeous. Your children are, that is. And the clothes, too!

    Yes, a version of this for the big girls would be divine!

    You are such a Proverbs 31 woman, but with that oh-so-French style and whimsy–superb!!!

    I’m going to go to Paris for the first time in a few months for our anniversary!

    We’re here in Italy now for the rest of the year. I just put up pictures on my blog of our new villa. It’s fantastic in Italy, but the best part is being able to visit myriad places in Europe, like Paris.

    Homeschooling here has been such a treat, too. My 7 year old daughter, Kate-Elizabeth, wanted to go to Rome for her birthday last weekend to see the Colosseum and we did it!

    And you would have LOVED the traditional girly-girl outfit she was in!!!!

    We HAD to go to Rome IN STYLE@!!!

    Keep up the amazing work–your blog is simply fantastic and one of my all time favorites!!!!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Lana Austin


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