Monday, September 24, 2012

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Shop 'n' Share: Kids' Fall Fashion Separates from Cookie's Kids (#CBias #CookiesKids)


When it comes to shopping for clothes for my children, I try to be proactive.  I am always looking for quality clothing at great prices.  When I come across such finds, I always buy them in the next size up.  That way, I have a good amount of clothing for that dreaded moment . . . the moment when they wake up one morning and find that all their shirts no longer fit right and all their pants are too short.

Well, this exact thing happened to all 3 of my children right after school started.  Right on schedule, the weather here in Massachusetts has started to become quite mild.  After taking stock of what clothing I had on hand, I knew I had to go shopping for more school clothes.  Since I had found such great deals on my last shopping trip on CookiesKids.com, I definitely put this site on my list of places to shop for fall and winter kids clothes.

After browsing the Cookie's Kids website quite extensively, I decided that I should buy one outfit for each of my three children.  I saw some great name brands that my husband and I wear ourselves, like Nautica, Levis, The North Face, and Baby Phat.  For this shopping trip though, I had to stay on a budget because I have quite a bit of holes to fill in my children's fall wardrobes.  So, I followed my usual routine for shopping online, which was to add items that I liked the look and the price of to my shopping cart and then let the children tell me which items they liked best.  My daughter took forever to decide since she wanted everything that was cute and pretty, while her two brothers were all about Marvel Comics shirts, although our 8 year old son did consider this Nautica long-sleeved graphic tee briefly.  After the children chose their shirts, I shopped around for pants that would match each one.

I really enjoy shopping for clothes for my children (don't you?), especially when there are a lot of stylish clothes to choose from.  I wish Cookie's Kids department stores had locations here in Massachusetts.  Hopefully, someday they will grow and branch out from their 7 store locations in the New York City area.


This is what I ultimately ended up ordering . . .


This is what I would have ordered if I was not on a strict budget . . .
Knowledge is Power!

Since Cookie's Kids is based in New York, it only took about two days for my order to arrive even though I had a coupon code from being on their email list for Free Shipping plus 5% off my order.  That is super-convenient compared to some other websites who ship the slowest method possible when you take advantage of a free shipping offer.  I have had orders take 10 days to arrive from some of those other retailers.


The ordered looked good with no errors.  We washed everything in cold water, dried it on high heat, and all the pieces came out looking great!

Our 8 year old loved his Marvel "Cast of Characters" Slider Shirt, as did his little brother.  They had so much fun trying to name all the characters.  The Blue Tab "Scratch" Jeans fit my son well.  Like with most pants, he needed to wear a belt with it and these jeans have a slightly lower rise than he is used to.


Our 5 year old son is wearing the Spider-Man "Spine-Chilling Battle" Slider Shirt and the Mad Game "Border Stripe" Track Pants.  He is crazy about his shirt and cannot wait until it is cool enough to wear long-sleeves to school so he can show it off.  The pants are a size 5/6, which is his current size.  They are slightly long in the rise and the inseam, but I have no doubt he will be growing into them within a few months.  These track pants are a little shinier than I expected, but all my son cares about is how soft and comfy the lining is inside and he loves that they have pockets.


Our daughter was super-excited to try on her French Toast outfit made up of the "Love Eternal" Mock Top and the "Ruffle Cuff" Leggings.  I was a little surprised that both items were listed as "Purple", but the pants were darker than the mock shrug.  Nonetheless, I thought the outfit was pretty adorable and my daughter loved it because it was both cute and comfortable.  She currently takes a size 6, but I ordered a size 6x in hopes that the outfit will last her through next Spring.


What do you think about the outfits we chose?  I think we did pretty darn well buying all three outfits for less than $42!  If you have shopped at Cookie's Kids either in-store or online, I would love to hear about your best finds.


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More about Cookie's Kids . . .
"In 1972, a young man named Cookie and his brother Marvin went into business together. They rented a 1600 square foot store in Jamaica, Queens, fixed it up, bought inventory in Summer and Fall, and opened a day after Thanksgiving with a full stock of holiday toys. The toys were a success and they put the extra money toward buying children's clothing for the next season. When that did well, they bought more clothing. The business was on it's way.

As the brothers Cookie, Marvin and Sonny, who had come in as a third partner in the business, began to open new stores in new locations, inventory expanded. Besides the latest fashions, our customers wanted shoes, toys, backpacks and accessories and we were prepared to deliver.

By the late 1990's there were six superstores throughout the NYC area, and though they previously had different names, by that time they were all named Cookie's Kids. Also in the late '90s came an important addition to Cookie's Kids' inventory: school uniforms. It was the steady success in uniform sales that paved the way for founding CookiesKids.com in 2007, which originally sold uniforms and soon after the entire Cookie's Kids Inventory."


I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and CookiesKids.com #CBias #SocialFabric #CookiesKids.  All opinions expressed are my own.