I know you and I live in different cities so I can’t make generalizations, but in MY city it is mid-July. STILL SUMMER. And yet all my favorite stores are clearing out the summer stuff. Some people roll their eyes at summer clearance and school supply sales in mid-July, but I say WOOOO: it’s generally right around this time of year I’m finding out that a handmedown swimsuit isn’t going to last through another kid after all, or that for some reason a child has only two pairs of shorts in his size, or that a 2-piece suit might have been a better choice.
The Children’s Place has their summer stuff on sale, plus an additional 30% off. Here’s an outfit I bought for Elizabeth for just over $10:
Pretty tee, $3.49.
Yoga capris for $2.99.
Breezer maryjanes, $4.19. Elizabeth picked these out and I didn’t think I’d like them, but they’re DARLING. And they were GREAT when she fell into the pool fully dressed and I could just dry off her shoes with a towel instead of air-drying them in the sun for hours.
At Old Navy, I bought swimsuits for the boy children in the next couple of sizes:
Boys Hibiscus-Print Swim Trunks, $4.99 down from $14.50.
I wavered and finally decided against the rashguard swim shirts, even though they were only $4.99 down from $14.50, because I didn’t like the big meaningless 94 on the front. Then, later, when my order was already placed, I thought, “WHAT WAS I THINKING?? Who cares if there’s a number on the front, when the number on the TAG is $4.99??”
For higher-quality (but with a coordinating higher price), I like the Lands’ End Overstocks.
I bought these Terrain Sandals in aqua for $19.99 down from $34.50; they come in seven other colors, too. I have another similar pair of Lands’ End sandals (the Trekker) that I L-O-V-E: unlike my other thin-plastic-soled sandals, they feel like walking in a sneaker. I hope I love the Terrains as much.
Lands’ End has a few super-good deals on swimsuits, too, which I didn’t need because I JUST bought some, but this girls’ Tugless suit (in several fabric choices) is $9.99 down from $26.50.
This women’s custom suit (you can choose cup size/type) is down to $12.99 from $91.50, holy crap.
Like Lands’ End, L.L. Bean has a good overstocks section, which is where I found this darling suit for $8.99 down from $24.50. I bought it for Elizabeth, and it is even cuter than I’d expected.
They also have their baby/toddler unshrinkable tank dress marked down to $8.99 from $22.50, and I’m going to buy one as soon as I can decide which cute pattern to choose. I was thinking I’d buy it extra-roomy and maybe she can wear it over a shirt when the weather gets chillier. Which I guess it will, IN ANOTHER COUPLE MONTHS.