GGordmans 1500 S. Randall Rd., Algonquin, 847-458-2701 701 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, 847-680-1817 2639 Aurora Ave., Naperville, 630-428-3601
A discount retailer that takes up to 60 percent off department store merchandise, with daily new arrivals. The children’s section has a seating area that plays kid’s movies and carries brands such as Carter’s and Puma, with many glitter-rific tween choices as well. The toy selection is spotty, but occasionally great.
KK&G Fashion Superstore Visit kgstores.com for locations
Discount store with clothing, shoes, and accessories up to 70 percent off department store prices. Boys clothing runs toddler to size 20, girls toddler to size 16. The casual clothing is meh, but it’s a good place to snag deals on little suits and dresses.Kohl’s Visit kohls.com for locations
Get bang for your buck with the reasonably priced baby and kid clothing, size newborn to 16 for girls and newborn to 20 for boys, from brands such as Carter’s, Levi’s, Nike, and Osh Kosh B’Gosh. Also shop shoes, coats, and toys. Nursery furniture is available online.
MMarshalls Visit marshallsonline.com for store locations
This discounter offers up to 60 percent off current and end of season designer merchandise. In the baby and children section, score particularly good deals on winter coats, sneakers, and toys like Legos, Thomas the Train, and Play Doh.
TTJ Maxx Visit tjmaxx.com for locations
This discount retailer carries baby and children’s clothing and shoes at up to 60 percent off. Although the selection changes constantly, department store brands can include Ralph Lauren, Tea Collection, and Nautica. (Check the selection of layette in particular.) Although the shoe collection is often a disorganized jumble, it’s worth sorting through for deals on toddler and children’s shoes.Tuesday Morning Visit tuesdaymorning.com for locations
Expect discounts on name brand products and don’t miss the blowout sales. New merchandise arrives weekly. The toy selection is outstanding, particularly during the holiday season. Big ticket items like KidKraft train tables and kitchen sets and Radio Flyer toys are priced at 30 to 50 percent below retail, with other toys like Playmobil sets and baby toys similarly discounted.