Either I don’t know how to “nest” correctly, or I didn’t get a chance because Baby Girl came so early, but I’m certainly making up for it now. During my maternity leave, we’ve gone through tons of bins from the garage, bought a new pantry, ordered a new chest freezer for this year’s harvest, and now I’m stocking up on clothes for the kids. It’s hard not to when you have Gymbucks from Gymboree burning a hole in your pocket!
I’ll be the first to admit that before I had kids, I didn’t really understand Gymboree. I guess I thought it was a high-priced kids store for people who just liked the idea of a brand name. But then my aunt gave my son an outfit from Gymboree for his first birthday, and it ended up being one of the first I reached for every time I got him dressed. The shirt was bright red and it never faded, even after countless washes, and neither piece shrunk. At all. That’s a lot more than I can say for some of the other kids’ brands out there that look seriously old after one wash.
So I started shopping at Gymboree, and now it’s my beeline store every time I go to our local mall. Between the phenomenal sales (which seem to be never-ending) Gymbucks and Gymboree Rewards, you can’t beat the prices. If you figure cost per wear, Gymboree is a huge value for kids’ clothing.
Here’s a peek at some of our recent summer wardrobe stock up for our 3-year-old (See the camo rain jacket? That’s his favorite thing, like, ever.)
And, now for the first time, I can shop the OTHER side of the store, too! Dresses, bloomers, tiny tunics…oh, this girl thing is FUN! (And I’ve discovered the ease of dressing a baby in leggings. Love!)
Doesn’t that set with the pink and blue whales and ruffled bloomers just make you die? I think I may have squealed a little when I saw it. I’m not super girly, but after years of trucks and frogs, I’m allowing myself a little squeal time. Not that there’s anything wrong with frogs. We found some of those, too (see below!) In fact, that’s one of my favorite things about Gymboree’s clothing – the details. From appliques and embroidery to whimsical touches that are fun yet timeless, each collection from Gymboree seems to have just enough personality to keep the kids interested and happy while getting a “thumbs up” from parents, too.
During my last shopping trip, a fellow customer started telling me how she likes Gymboree for her 7-year-old daughter because the clothes are so cute, yet classy. Nothing too trendy, everything age-appropriate (no “Diva in Training” t-shirts here, folks. Ugh, I can’t stand that stuff!) She even told me that Gymboree clothing is one of the few things they agree on 100%. (No fighting with a 7-year-old = priceless!)
I’ve come to really appreciate that whole idea of “timeless”, especially since I realized that our Gymboree clothes last longer and are more durable than any of our other clothes. That means that we can use them for more than one season or pass them down and they’ll still be ready for a lot more wear. That’s a big score on the green front since more wear equals less waste and a better use of resources.
…and did I mention there always seem to be something new on the racks? This has the potential to get me into a lot of trouble. Last time I was in the store, I saw the clerk putting out the new Aqua Summer collection. Isn’t this color just gorgeous? I think a certain little dark-haired, blue-eyed little girl might need that tiered dress next time we shop…