Shopping for seasonal items like winter coats and stocking up on back-to-school apparel basics can be expensive for parents, especially if they have more than one child. Searching for bargains at wholesale prices can help parents reduce clothing costs. If you are willing to invest the time in researching where to purchase children's apparel at wholesale prices and deeply discounted designer clothes, you can find bargains on quality items.
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Visit your city's fashion district to learn about wholesale shop hours and policies for the general public. While most wholesale suppliers will only sell items to businesses, some may have special days when they open up their stores to the public for sample sales. Public retail hours at wholesale shops are often not advertised.
Take a door-to-door tour of fashion district stores to determine which businesses have public retail hours. If you are visiting New York City and want to find clothing bargains, go to the garment district, which is located in midtown between Fifth and Ninth Avenue, spanning 34th to 42nd Street.
Look for flyers and billboards advertising sales. Wholesale shops and showrooms hire people to pass out flyers and wear signs advertising special retail hours and new shipments of merchandise, so as you walk around make sure to pay attention to shop employees handing out leaflets about sales.
Visit websites like The Budget Fashionista that publish calendars of wholesale events in major cities.
Search your local listings for warehouse stores in your area. Call them and ask if they sell children's clothing and if they have a shipment schedule. The website Wholesale Central lists warehouses around the country.
Go shopping for clothes at outlet malls. Many outlet stores sell overstock items at or near wholesale prices. There are outlet mall chains with locations all across the country. As of September 2010, Prime Outlets has 21 locations with several popular children's brands. Premium Outlets has nearly 70 locations.
Go shopping at department store outlets. Major department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom also have outlet stores like Saks Off 5th and Nordstrom Rack that sell children's apparel.
Talk to other parents at your child's school, sports games and your place of worship about shopping for wholesale bargains and sample sales. Informal conversations may lead to useful information about where to find good sales.
Ask your friends if they belong to any invitation-only fashion websites like Rue La La that offer sample sales and warehouse events from famous designers.
Join discount fashion websites. Some websites will allow you to join a mailing list to find out when new invitations are available, while others only offer membership via member referrals.
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