Maternity Clothing for the Discerning Frugalista

Here were my ideas for today's post:

- why I haven't written lately (i.e., my house was filled with adorable tiny house guests that were intent on destroying it)

- general insecurities (i.e., I spent the entire weekend stressing about an optional "strength assessment" at my new gym only to cancel it like the big sissy that I am)

Both are lame, so I am opting to share some Chicago preggo/parenting resources that currently live in a word doc on my desktop.  I am in no way benefiting from passing along this information - just figure some of you are as lazy as yours truly and would appreciate a little list. First up, maternity wear.

FOUND YOURSELF PREGGO?

Congrats! (hopefully). Once you get through the sausage-phase it will be time to get some of those fun maternity clothes you have been pretending you won't need. I went shopping thrice, melted down twice and finally pulled the trigger because I was too embarrassed to walk around in my husband's gym tees. When you reach that point, below are some shopping options to help ease the process.

Bellydance Maternity – they have an annual sale where people go nuts and knock each other out with their bellies.
1647 North Damen Avenue; (773) 862-1133

Be Bye Baby – lots of classes for soon to be, new and not so new moms. Plus maternity clothes and nursing bras.
1654 West Roscoe Street; (773) 404-2229

Bellybum Boutique – pretty cool people in this store. Soft clothes for baby and mama. Plus toys and other accoutrements that my husband told me we didn't need. Jerk.
4347 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-868-0944

Consignment sales - I recommend following them on Facebook to receive regular reminders. Most offer early-bird passes for a price and one time "new mama" early shopping. Keep the kids at home. For reals. It's often crazy town and you want to be able to drop some 'bows if need be. Also, the second/third day is usually 50% off tag prices. Large equipment, shoes, bikes etc are usually pretty picked over at this point.

Babies Tots and More – 2x/year…bigger each time. Lots of good items.

- Bugaboo Children's Consignment Sale - 2x/year. I hesitate to share this one because I really like it and I am bitch like that. My girlfriend and I go (usually on the second day). It's far enough away from the city that it isn't really nuts and there is a nice selection of items. I have seen maternity clothes there, but it's worth calling/emailing in advance to confirm before you make the trek.

- Growing Cents of Style --2x/year -  Barrington

- Here Whee Go Again - 1x/ year - Highland Park

- Moms of Multiples – Evanston. Shit gets real here. Real fast.

- Check out other IL consignment sales here

Destination Maternity Lots of locations in Chicago.  Pick up bras, tanks, shirts, suits etc. Moderately priced.

Gap Maternity - Try on clothes in their Baby Gap store in Lincoln Park or flagship on Michigan avenue. They have a nice section and it's always easier to try on than order and send back. TIP: Google "gap printable coupon" and bring that sucker in with you. And, if you have a Banana/Gap/Old Navy card - use it on Tuesdays for 10% off your total purchase.
1740 N Sheffield Ave;(312) 944-6792 & 555 North Michigan Avenue; (312) 494-8580

Motherhood Maternity  Nice selection of nursing bras (especially for the busty) and the preggo tanks really stood up to a lot of washing (more-so than Old Navy). Plus tees, sleepwear, nursing stuff etc. Ooh, and their leggings were GREAT; I pulled those suckers right up to my bra with no problem (and no rolling down like cursed Spanx).
1730 W Fullerton Ave; (773) 529-0564

Old Navy Yes! They have a little corner of maternity clothes in their Lincoln Park store. Yoga pants, jeans, tanks and tees. I bought a lot of stuff here since I knew I was going to probably pitch most of it after my little terrorist, I mean treasure, arrived. TIP: Make sure you google "old navy printable coupon" before you head in. And, if you have a Banana/Gap/Old Navy card - use it on Tuesdays for 10% off your total purchase.
1596 N Kingsbury Street;(312) 397-0485

 A Pea in a Pod - I was too cheap to shop here but they have cute clothes!
835 N Michigan Ave;(312) 640-6606 & 111 N State St;(312) 629-9151

Salvation Army - what?  Yes. If you are in a thrifty mood, they have a sizable (no pun intended)  maternity section. Check the regular jeans rack for maternity jeans too -- sometimes you find premium brands for rock bottom prices. Only caveat is you can't try clothing on. Well you can, but the mirror is in the front of the store. Also, they are moving to a HUGE new facility next door in the coming months.
2270 North Clybourn Avenue;  (773) 477-1771

The Second Child- In addition to offering racks and racks of children's clothing, books, toys and equipment (exersaucers, Bjorns, other necessary crap), The Second Child has a nice little selection of consignment maternity clothing. When I perused the racks, I spotted brands including Sevens, Citizen, AG and Ella Moss ...for a fraction of the list price. Plus the regular Old Navy, Target etc. brands.
954 W Armitage Ave; (773) 883-0880

Target - Target seems to have added to their maternity section in recent years. Plus they carry the Bellyband at a lower price than Pea in a Pod/Destination Maternity. And they offer a nice selection of nursing tanks and bras. TIP: Don't forget your granny panties! I did and my husband had to go shopping with his mom to pick up a few pairs  for his lovely bride. Read his short list tips for new dads here.

Check out Zulily online for flash maternity wear sales plus other fun stuff for you, the kiddo or the house. You have to sign up and get daily emails but I snagged some nursing bras on the cheap. They did take a little time to get to me but whatever.

And there is always my aunt's attic with Sears' maternity samples from 1992.

Acid washed overalls? Check.

Acid washed overalls? Check.

??????    What did I miss? Let me know and I will happily add it to this list. ??????

So there you go, mamas. Next up is a list of kids' clothing stores in the Chicagoland areas, good places for haircuts and playcafes so you can drink coffee while your kid steals other kids toys.

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