Three Cheers for The Little People!

August 28, 2013 by Mom the Muse  
Published in Shopping

There are advantages to being small, regardless of what people say.

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It’s expensive, raising two girls, but in my case, I do have a bit of an advantage in that both of my girls are very small, even though they are now high school and college age. While they normally shop in the junior’s section at most department stores, there are times when we are able to get by with various items in the kid’s section, and what a savings that can be.

Just yesterday, I was able to purchase a denim shirt for my daughter at Walmart for less than $8.00.  Denim shirts and vests are big this year, and nothing is inexpensive anymore, so I was thrilled to find that a girl’s XL was just about the size of a junior’s small.  Sure enough, when I got home, my daughter tried it on and it was a perfect fit.

Many times, items designed for kids definitely look like they were designed for kids, so I have to be careful that the style or detailing does not give away my little secret.  Fortunately, many name brand labels offer kid’s sizes that look identical to the adult’s.  For example, we were able to save around $30 each on Sperry shoes and also on Tom’s. My girls, who wear a size 6 in women’s shoes, were able to wear a girl’s size 4, and nobody will ever know the difference.

It seems that lots of the bright neon colors that are so popular now are available in the kid’s section, too.  I found a great pair of girl’s sweats in neon pink that will work perfectly with one of my daughter’s cheerleading shirts.

I have noticed that some children’s items are made much shorter in the torso, also, so I have to watch for that.  Tank tops and T-shirts from Wal-mart are particularly short at times, at least in the girl’s department.  Many times, a V-neck or pair of sweats from the boy’s section work just fine, though.  I have discovered that some tank tops from K-mart are much longer in the torso, and a girl’s XL (14-16) works well.  I found a neon pink tank top there today for only $2.00.  I could not pay so little for one at a thrift store!

So, if you happen to have smaller sized junior, consider checking out the kid’s department from time to time. You never know what you may find or what you may save!

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