Crazy 8 is the newest sister company of the Gymboree Corporation, offering fashion forward clothing, shoes and accessories for newborns to kids size 14. They follow the same concept as Gymboree, with adorable, themed clothing lines for each season, but at a lower price point. Wardrobe basics start at $7.99. Special occasion outfits and outerwear are priced up to $34.99. Crazy 8's clothing lines are appropriate for play or dressy occasions, and from personal experience, hold up well. Here are a few tips for making your child's clothing budget stretch further when shopping at Crazy 8 stores:
Sign up for email notifications
You can join the Crazy 8 email list through their website or in stores. Expect a welcome coupon in your first email to use on your next in-store or online purchase. You will also receive notifications of sales, promotions and special events.
Shop the semi-annual sales and Savings Pass earning periods
Two times a year you will have the chance to save 30 percent on the entire store, including clearance merchandise. You cannot combine coupons with this sale, but you can score great deals when you shop the clearance racks. During Savings Pass sales you earn 15 percent off with each transaction during a designated time period (typically two weeks).
Clip Crazy 8 coupons from magazines
Look for 20 percent off coupons in Family Fun Magazine, Parenting, and PLUM publications. Just remember, you can only use one coupon per transaction.
Connect through social media
Learn about upcoming promotions and connect with other Crazy 8 fans through Facebook and Twitter. Use posted discount codes to score free shipping or learn about special markdowns in a featured category.
Shop the clearance racks and bins
This may seem elementary to most, but the best deals are on the clearance racks. Crazy 8 adds a new collection to each department every two to four weeks. If you see something you love, wait a few weeks, and it will most likely be marked down to make room for new inventory. The bins located next to the cash registers have items up to 90 percent off.
Ask the sales associates for help
At my local Crazy 8 store the sales associates are very friendly and willing to help locate sizes. From my personal experience, there are a lot of clearance items in the back that cannot fit on the sale floor. When I ask for a certain size or style, they always try to help me find it.
Use discount gift cards for payment
Purchase discount gift cards for an average 20 percent off face value to increase your savings. Search for discount cards through auction sites or discount gift card retailers such as Plastic Jungle.
Resell items in good-to-excellent condition
Crazy 8 fashions sell for close to retail through consignment stores and online auctions. Keep them in good shape, and you can earn enough money to purchase next season's wardrobe!