Budget Savers for Back to School

Outfitting your family in style with help from local consignment shop, Once upon a child

Outfitting your family in style with help from local consignment shop, Once upon a child

In a few weeks, the kids will be heading back to school, our pocketbooks will be feeling the squeeze as we spend money on clothing and essentials for back to school. We asked our friends and family where they go shopping and found a few sources that help keep the family budget intact. Here's our list of local events and shops for our budget minded families. Happy Shopping! 

Consignment Shops

Consignment Shops are a haven of goodies, often you can find amazing deals on brand new clothing at huge savings and they are one of my favourite places to shop!! They also help to reinforce the idea about sustainability and why shopping second hand is beneficial to the environment.. win/win!! 

Clothing Supplied by Once Upon A Child , This outfit total for Brand New Runners ($10)  New Osh Kosh Fleece Lined Jeans ($7.00) and Hoodie ($6) , came to $23  

Clothing Supplied by Once Upon A Child , This outfit total for Brand New Runners ($10)  New Osh Kosh Fleece Lined Jeans ($7.00) and Hoodie ($6) , came to $23  


Once Upon A Child
A fantastic location with shops around the city, OUAC offers families an affordable solution to shopping mainstream. We popped into the Sherwood Park location, to see what we could put together for school on a budget. In less than 20 minutes, the staff helped us to pick out several items including shoes to complete our ensembles, all under $30 and mostly name brained clothing. 

INSIDER TIP: Look for the coloured sticker tags for big savings as much as 90% off! We found a boys Gap dress shirt, that was 90% off! Marked at 9.00 but with the sticker, it will sell for 0.90cents!! And sign up for their emails for promotion and sale dates 


Another Edmonton favourite, this store is about to celebrate 39 years in business! It's a hidden gem on the south side of the city just off of 51st Avenue. The store itself is divided in two, half being Kids Stuff Etc.. and the other half is dedicated to adult clothing on the My Favourite Aunt's side of the shop, that also includes a home decor section!
On the right-hand side of the store is Kids Stuff Etc, clothing is sized from Newborn to size 6x, making it a great place for preschool families as they prepare for their early learning years. The store carries a good selection of shoes, clothing, books and backpacks.

Insider tip: Check the back by the consignment desk for their 50% off rack, items are regularly added.  If you're shopping with your teen, I noticed they carried clothing from Hollister, Gap, and American Eagle, and a few pairs of Converse in their shoe section

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LOLLIPOP PARADE CONSIGNMENT was started in April 2011 as an online store, they carry brand name children's clothing from size 2 through to size 16 for kids and teens, they're a great alternative to still shopping consignment from the comfort of your home and then pick up locations are arranged throughout the city. Visit their facebook page for details. We recommend going through their Notes section to get an idea of how to purchase or consign items.  www.facebook.com/LollipopParade


Weehelp Foundation // August 18th, 2018
A not for profit group that collects and sell clothing, that helps to raise funds for the Stollery. The next big event is August 18th, there is an admission fee of $2.00 and you'll need to bring your bag but this is one of the most worthwhile shopping events. You can expect long lines and bring cash! You can visit weehelp.ca for more information on times and location or visit their Facebook page under Events. 

Peanut Butter & Jam Playgroup // September 22, 2018
This year's swap is held at 258 E Rhatigan Rd NW in Riverbend on Saturday, September 22 from
 9 AM - 1 PM. There is an entrance fee of $2, and free admission for Riverbend Community League Members. Depending on the sellers, there is a variety of sizes for kids, typically ranging from newborn up to size 6/7. The group also hosts a sale in the spring. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details. 
Insider Tip: Some years it is lined up, there is space in the aisles for strollers, but always easier without. Bring your own shopping bags is always a good idea and cash only, there is no ATM in the hall. PEANUT BUTTER FACEBOOK PAGE  for more information

Tamarack Outgrown in Sale // October 13, 2018
This event is held in both the spring and fall, where individual consignee's sell clothing ranging from newborn to size 14, selling a range of items, from winter coats/boots, toys, bedding and baby equipment. This year's event will be held at A. Blair McPherson School, 430 Tamarack Green, on October 13th and will run from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, there is an entrance fee of $2 per family.

Insider tip: Cash Only, bring that classic blue Ikea bag for your purchase, this event has an amazing turnout and can be super busy. To keep up to date on the event follow their Facebook page at TAMARACK OUTGROWN IT SALE

Edmonton Kids Swap and Shop

Official Frugal Edmonton Mommy
Strollers and Strawberries (buy,sell or trade group)
Natural Parents Marketplace