Maternity wear can be so expensive! Most expecting mommas want to dress well during their pregnancies but are intimidated by having to buy expensive items they will only wear for a few months. I am totally in that boat especially when it comes to dressing for work. I want to look good but I don’t want to invest heavily into a temporary wardrobe. I’ve learned that with just a tiny bit of effort, you can have your cake and eat it too when it comes to dressing your best on a budget. So, here are my tips for finding maternity clothes clearance items:
-Before you begin your search for maternity clothes clearance items:
1. Make a list items you need to purchase. If you aren’t sure, check out this resource: 8 Essential Items for a Maternity Wardrobe
2. Survey your closet for items that can be easily converted to maternity clothes. Check out: 8 Items in Your Closet that Convert to Great Maternity Clothes
3. Find ways to update your wardrobe for free. Check out: 5 Places to Find Free Maternity Clothes
-Get to know stores’ sale and clearance cycles. I refer to this as “Macy’s pricing”. Macy’s has very frequent weekend sales so the joke is that if you need something from that store, don’t buy it during the week, wait until the weekend. Stores like that make you wonder if their inventory was ever the price they claim it was because you know you can always get it “on sale” if you wait a few days. Motherhood Maternity and Pea in the Pod (Motherhood’s higher end sister store) are guilty of Macy’s pricing. Sign up for their e-mail list and you will be notified each time there is a sale or special event. I am on their e-mail list and I feel like there is a special sale or clearance event every week.
-Get in the habit of browsing clearance racks before even bothering to look at the regular priced merchandise.
-Consider a consignment store. Every major metropolitan area has a maternity clothing consignment store within a reasonable distance. There are no better places to find maternity clothes clearance items! Maternity wear consignment shops are the best because you know that the clothing sold there was work very briefly and it’s now a mere fraction of the original cost.
-Look for a baby/ kid stuff swap in your community. Moms gather at these events to “swap” or sell gently used baby items. You can often find maternity wear at these swaps. Find the ones in your community on meetup.com, Facebook and Google.