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  Anyone can pay retail for high fashion. These local shops offer great deals—without making you schlep to the outlet mall.  
     
  BY SUSAN AVERY  
 

 

If you want to pay retail for high-end kidswear, there’s plenty of opportunity to drop some serious coin around the city. If you’re looking for designer duds at bargain prices, a good number of discounters are out there as well. While some of them may not want to be known as off-price shops, the fact is, when you can pick up a pair of $50 Tractor jeans for $12, the term less expensive is an understatement.

• Start with the semi-annual sale at Space Kiddets in the Flatiron district. Every January and June, it holds a 50-to-70-percent-off sale of both in-season designer wear and goods from the coveted cottage-industry houses. If those months don’t fit into your schedule, Space Kiddets maintains a rack of clothing that is 70 percent off the previous season’s prices throughout the other ten months of the year.

• A huge selection of discounted kidswear at Burlington Coat Factory includes mostly middle-of-the-road clothing for those knock-around days.

• At Century 21 (in the financial district and in Brooklyn), those with a craving for grown-up labels on a miniature wardrobe will devour the European lines: Dolce & Gabbana and Versace, to name two, which are at least 40 percent off Madison Avenue prices.

• If you want to brag that you shop in Chicville, check out Children’s Resale, on the Upper East Side. Don’t worry about the used factor: Owner Myrna Skoller accepts only the best of the best, i.e., high-end French lines Jacadi and Bonpoint.

• A couple of blocks away is Good-Byes, where mothers who lunch drop off designer clothing that their private-school kids have grown out of. Recent acquisitions include Ralph Lauren, Petit Bateau, Catimini, and Lili Gaufrette.

• If you don’t want to spend money on things no one sees, you’ll find barrels of basics—underwear, socks, onesies, and pajamas—at Kidstown on 14th Street for bargain-basement prices.

 
     
 
From the Fall 2003 edition of the New York Family Guide
 
     
     
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