When my oldest was almost two years old, we took him to get his first holiday portraits taken. (We didn't do it his first Christmas because I didn't think he'd cooperate for a photographer. We just snapped a pic with Santa that year.) I was so excited about getting professional pictures taken, I took him to the mall and bought a cute four-piece suit ensemble for him. It wasn't cheap, but I didn't care. He was my first and he looked so adorable.
Fast forward a few years and now I have two more boys to buy clothes for. I have to be a little more frugal with my purchases - especially for something that they're only going to wear for a few special occasions. The first time I looked at the selection on Cookie's Kids I was amazed at the prices. Even shopping the clearance racks at my favorite discount department stores I haven't found quite the selection they have at Cookie's. I even checked around different department store websites and the price difference is pretty incredible.
Cookie's Kids was founded in 1972, when 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 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. 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, their customers wanted shoes, toys, backpacks and accessories and they were prepared to deliver.
There are now seven superstores throughout the NYC area, in Bronx, Brooklyn and Jamaica and though they previously had different names, they are all named Cookie's Kids. 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.
The Cookie's Kids website is incredibly easy to navigate. There are very specific categories for the kids clothes such as outerwear, dress wear, activewear and more. You can shop by gender, size, color, style, or even by a specific brand name. I had no problem finding matching pants for my two older boys just by using the color search option.
By clicking on the little Alva Kids logo (located to the right of where you select the size of your item) you can be sure that your items will fit perfectly. A box pops up in a separate window to get you started. Once you're registered it even saves your sizes and recommends new sizes as your kids grow.
I seriously couldn't believe some of the prices on the clothes I picked out. Both sets of pants included a belt, and each dress shirt included a coordinating clip-on tie. And when all was said and done I still spent less for those two outfits than I did on the one I bought for my oldest's first portraits.
It wasn't long before our outfits were delivered right to our doorstep. The boys are always excited for mail and they tore right into the package. I was so impressed by the quality of the clothes we received. Nothing was itchy, which is always a major deal with kids clothes.
We don't have any holiday events to go to just yet, so we decided to take our new outfits for a test run at the mall with Santa. My middle especially loves dressing up, and was excited because he now had an outfit like what Daddy wears to work. Even Santa thought they looked especially handsome, and gave them an extra candy cane for looking so nice.
I went with blue so they can wear their new outfits to any special occasion - not just holiday-related. My husband also has a pretty good selection of blue shirts and ties, so they can all coordinate themselves. It's not always easy to find similar clothes for boys who are very different in size, so I was extremely pleased with our order.
I may be biased, but those two boys look pretty adorable, ties askew and all! If you want to see more pictures of my shopping experience you can check out my Google+ story.
Would you like a discount code for 10% off at Cookie's Kids? Just use the code 'ninemoremonths' at checkout! Shipping is a flat $5.95, and they often have discount codes for free shipping on order over $99 as well. For more discounts be sure to connect with #CookiesKids on Facebook and Twitter.