Parents are always looking for a bargain. Especially on clothes. I mean, no sooner do you get them into a new pair of jeans or shoes then it's time to go shopping again.
Sure it's great to pass clothes and shoes back and forth between family and friends, but that's never enough. So I thought I'd check out a couple of the kids consignment shops in the area.
Umm... and the kids aren't the only ones I found things for.
PolkaDots and Fifi's Frocks and Frills are just about 3 miles apart on Western Ave., so it's easy to hit both of them in an afternoon and still have time for the mall if you wind up empty-handed.
I checked out PolkaDots first. It's in the Park Place Plaza in Guilderland. Half of the store has a pretty good selection of girls and boys clothes, books, equipment and shoes.
They also sell some cute and trendy maternity clothes at good prices. No muumuus here. This is nice stuff. Also, brand new Melissa and Doug toys sell for 10% off. The other half of the store sells new, boutique clothing and home good at new, boutique prices.
The other shop, Fifi's Frocks and Frills merged with Fifi's All-Stars last year. This store offers a small but varied selection of children's clothes, shoes, and dressy stuff.
But this place isn't just kids stuff.
What I was really impressed with was the women's section. Plenty of eye candy... and shoe candy. Like these Michael Kors Sandals
and this amazing pair of brand new, gold Gucci pumps.
Hmm... mama needs a new pair of shoes.
Alas, at $199, they probably cost more than all my shoes put together, but it's more the 50% off retail. I'd probably never wear them. Just put them on my mantel and bask in the warmth of their golden glow.
Both stores avoid discount labels like Target, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart. They look for brands like Baby Gap, Gymboree, and Hannah Anderson (and several boutique brands I have never heard of).
While some of the prices in both places may be more than I would spend at Target or the Baby Gap sales rack, most of the stuff was pretty reasonably priced. Particularly the shoes.
I went into these stores looking for crocs for my son. Real 'Crocs' (as opposed to Wal-mart 'krox' ) were selling here for 6 dollars --they're $25 retail. Unfortunately the ones I found were two sizes too small and purple. The brand new wellies for $8, however, were a steal.
Neither of these stores are places you should go with a "must have" list. You are not always guaranteed to find what you are looking for. But if you go in with an open mind you're likely to walk out with a couple of great deals. And maybe enough extra cash for a latte on the way home.
Fifi's Frocks and Frills
1811 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203-4629
2563 Western Ave
Park Place Plaza
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