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Q & A with Tara McSherry

Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:40:26 PM America/New_York

Tara McSherry is a hand embroiderer living just outside of Chattanooga, TN with her husband and two boys. She says that whenever people call her an artist, she just laughs.

“I’m incredibly practical,” she says. “I don’t paint, I don’t sculpt. I think of myself as utilitarian. I’m more like a carpenter, but no one would deny a carpenter is an artist at some point.”

We wanted to find out more about her artistry and her inspiration – so we did.

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Purge with confidence

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 6:30:27 AM America/New_York

For many, January is the month parents tackle closet cleaning and sort through clothes for donation, or possibly resale. The biggest decision– to involve the kids, or not.

If they are small, then it’s a job best done alone. But if your children are older, they can help.

Mindy even asks her kids to do most of the work, making three piles: a giveaway pile, a “maybe” section for things that they might have outgrown or aren’t sure if they like, and a “keep” pile.

“I ignore the keep pile and do a swift look through the giveaway pile to make sure they didn’t just put all their church clothes in there,” she said. “Then we’re left with the “maybe” pile. I usually talk through that one with them. Somehow, it is always the smallest one, too.”

Rachel keeps a plastic laundry basket at the bottom of the closet.

“If they try something on and it doesn’t fit, they put it in the basket,” she said. “Once the basket is full, I send it on to cousins and friends. If it is monogrammed or otherwise special, I keep it in a box at top of closet with the thought I will one day have it made into a quilt.”

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Special occasion dressing doesn’t have to be a drag

Monday, December 28, 2020 12:16:01 PM America/New_York

Some parents have children who don’t mind dressing up for the holidays and some parents just get lucky. 

“We took Christmas pictures in early November and my then 2.5 year old decided it was another dress up for trick or treating,” Lauren said. “We told the photographer to ask her to say trick or treat instead of cheese. Worked like a charm!”

There are some tried and true methods to get the kids on board with holiday attire. And one of the first is to try and find clothes that are both cute and workable.

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From man to man to zone defense: parenting two or more kids

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 9:10:47 AM America/New_York

As someone who hit the breaks at two kids, I am always in awe of those who go for three or more children. People say that you are transitioning from man to man to zone defense, but I’ve always thought it looked more like herding cats. At any rate, I wanted to know how on earth they do it. So, I asked.

Every mother I talked to said that one thing is mandatory – readjusted expectations. Especially when the kids are small, it is just a matter of getting through it.

“My advice is to lower your standards, and then lower them some more and just roll with it,” said Sarah. “Early bedtimes are critical. And always have snacks.”

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Our Cup of Tea: 6 Posh British Children's Brands We Carry

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 6:44:12 PM America/New_York

If you want your little prince or princess to look just like the fashion authorities of Kensington Palace—by that we mean Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, obviously—then you’ve got to turn to the British baby boutiques that outfit them. The Brits have always had a special way of dressing their little ones, and it’s not all that different from the sweet Southern styles we’re used to. Think tartan plaid, pea coats, pretty pleats and plenty of smocking…all topped off with some British flair, of course!  

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When you think of  traditional handmade clothing, there’s a good chance that embroidery pops into your head. This ornamental sewing technique has been in the textile game for centuries, with early examples dating back as far as 30,000 B.C. It has been used in clothing, décor and art throughout the world ever since, especially in the Middle East, South America, Eastern Asia and Eastern Europe. Traditionally, embroidery takes the form of colorful, elaborate designs, perhaps showcasing bright florals, complex geometric patterns or narrative designs.

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Traditional Children's Clothing Dictionary from A to Z

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 6:53:26 PM America/New_York

When you’re perusing the web for adorable heirloom-worthy children’s clothes, you might come across a few terms that sound a bit puzzling. Boutique and homegrown clothing brands often use traditional patterns and sewing techniques that have been in the family for generations, so some of the lingo might not be in your lexicon just yet. No worries! The team at Bagsy is here to help you understand all the ins and outs of traditional children’s clothes, so you can choose hand-me-down worthy styles that capture that traditional, Southern, nautical, New England or preppy something-special. Here are all the terms you need to know.

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  • Appliqué—The French art of appliqué includes creating traditional adornments that are used to bring dimension, color and personality to kids’ clothes. The technique requires a sewn-on design in a different material, creating a layered and ornamental look.
  • Bishop Dress—These are the loose-fitting, free-flowing and pleated dresses you’re probably thinking of when you think of Southern or traditional girls’ clothing. Usually, they are smocked around the neckline and may have raglan sleeves with elastic and ruffles.

Bishop Dress

  • Bloomers—Perfect for newborns and infants, baby bloomers are diaper covers or bottoms that can be worn beneath dresses and skirts. They are often ruffled.
  • Bonnet—If you know one Southern baby item, it’s probably the bonnet. These are traditional kids’ head covers that are tied under the chin and often feature a ruffled brim.
  • Bubble—Think of bubbles as a mix between a romper and a dress. They typically feature a standard romper shape (with no legs) and a poufy, bubbled bottom.
  • Gingham—Traditionally speaking, gingham is a lightweight, woven cotton cloth in a checkered white and blue, white and red or white and pink color. These days, it refers mostly to the checked pattern and not so much the cotton fabric.
  • John John—These adorable boys’ rompers get their name because they were an outfit staple for John F. Kennedy Jr. (nicknamed John John) when his pops was in the White House. They are usually shorts length, sleeveless garments similar to overalls.

John John outfit

  • Layette—Traditionally, the word “layette” refers to a set of clothing for newborns, usually encompassing a go-home outfit, pajamas, onesies, undershirts and more. Today, layettes often refer to infant pajamas or sleepers only.
  • Longall—In Southern apparel, you’ve got your longalls and your shortalls. Longalls are essentially long—and often long-sleeved—versions of the John John. They are one-piece boys’ outfits that typically feature a collar or are sleeveless and can be worn over a collared shirt.
  • Peter Pan Collar—Nothing screams traditional charm like the Peter Pan collar! This is a type of collar featuring rounded ends that meet in at the front, often added to dresses, button-up shirts and rompers.

Peter Pan Collar

  • Pleat—Pleats are the little folds or creases often added to dresses and skirts to create more dimension and style.
  • Seersucker—Seersucker is typically a striped fabric that has an alternating flat and puckered surface. It’s traditionally worn in spring and summer.
  • Shortall—Shortalls are—you guessed it!—short versions of longalls. They’re one-piece romper-like outfits featuring shorts, usually with a short-sleeved or sleeveless design.
  • Smocking—Smocking is the quintessential adornment of Southern baby clothes! This is an embroidery technique used to gather fabric so that it creates a stretch. It looks like tight, textured pleats and often features an ornamental stitching pattern. Smocking is often added to dresses and rompers for boys and girls.
  • Tab Dress—Tab dresses are gaining tons of popularity among practical parents. These cute little girls’ dresses are equipped with built-in tabs that can be swapped out for different occasions, so you can get several occasional styles from a single dress. Some parents use the tabs to create monograms without ruining a dress’s hand-me-down potential.
  • Tartan—Like gingham, tartan is a traditional pattern that you’ll often find on more formal and classic children’s apparel. This Scottish plaid has crisscrossed lines, usually in traditional red, green and yellow.

So, there you have it—your complete dictionary of commonly used terms in traditional kids’ clothing! If you have any questions whatsoever about a specific shape, adornment or fabric on any piece of clothing in our selection, you can always give us a shout and we’ll do our best to hunt down the answer for you.

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Ultimate Guide to Consignment Shopping for Kids

Friday, October 19, 2018 10:00:00 AM America/New_York

Consignment shopping is one of the best things that picky parents can do to save a little dough without sacrificing standards. In fact, buying used clothing alone can save consumers $1.6 billion per year collectively, and with so much second-hand splendor to behold, there’s usually little compromise required.

Oh, and did we mention the obvious reason to go used? Kids grow. This means that it often doesn’t make a whole bunch of sense to shell out thousands on brand-new clothes simply because they’re brand-new. You can get like-new for less when you only expect them to be able to use it or wear it for a month or two.

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Not only that, but there’s a thrill factor to scouring online consignment shops, antique stores and flea markets. If you’re already a certified member of the consignment club, then you know the rush and excitement of finding that perfect (and perfectly priced) piece after months of searching. If you’re new, we’re here to help you experience it for yourself with this helpful consignment shopping guide! All of the following tips can be applied to clothing, toys, gear and more.

Tips for Buying Used Children’s Clothes, Toys and More

It just so happens that we’re experts when it comes to consignment kids’ clothing, so we’re a fantastic resource for anyone looking to ramp up their little one’s wardrobe for less. But these tips can help you nail all kinds of consignment shopping for kids, whether you’re looking for used sports equipment, used toys or used designer clothes. There are a few important tips you should know when buying second-hand kids’ gear:

  • Know What You Want…Sometimes—It helps if you go into your search having a good idea of what you want to purchase. The auction and used online markets tend to be oversaturated, so if you know specific brands and collections, you’ll have better luck finding the perfect style for less. This is especially important for special occasion outfits or more expensive toys and gear.
  • Be Open-Minded—While specificity is important sometimes, when you’re not looking for something specific, you’ll discover new and exciting items that you’d never have considered for your little one. If you’re somewhere in the middle between “I know exactly what I want” and “I have no idea what I want,” then you can’t go wrong when you shop at stores like Bagsy, where you’re getting curated consignment children’s clothes that have been selected by our team.
  • Shop By Brand—An important part about second-hand shopping with specificity is knowing the top children’s brands. When you have a little bit more wiggle room in your budget (i.e., when you’re buying used instead of brand-new), you’ll be surprised to find that some of the higher-end brands are suddenly within your spending comfort zone. This strategy allows you to buy higher quality goods for less.

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  • Double-Down on Discounts—We know you’re a savvy shopper, so you probably already know some of the tricks of online shopping. Make sure that you search for coupons and take advantage of sales—this can take some low prices down even further, which means you can get more for less. Follow your favorite consignment shops on social media so you’re always in on the sales and deals.
  • Know Where to Shop—Some consignment kids’ shops are better than others. Look for those that professionally choose and market items themselves rather than marketplaces that allow anyone to sell whatever they want. Look for stores like Bagsy that are highly rated, focused on quality brands and that accept used clothing that you can resell when you’re done with them.
  • Bookmark the Best—Treat online consignment shopping like you would your favorite brick-and-mortar stores. Stop in often just to see what’s in stock. Naturally, each shop’s selection will change regularly based on what comes in, so you’ll want to revisit on a regular basis to see if something comes up that might suit your shopping goals at that particular moment.
  • Buy a Size or Two Up—Did we mention that kids grow? Unfortunately, they won’t be able to wear that oh-so-adorable smocked dress forever! But in the consignment world, you’ve got to grab it if you see it or else it could be gone in a flash! Make sure to grab it even if it’s a size or two too big at the moment.

 

little girl new clothes

Getting the Most Out of Every Dollar

At the end of the day, shopping second-hand is a great way to ensure that you get higher quality at a lower spend. Whether you go the consignment route for everyday staples or more expensive items, like dressy clothes and sports equipment, you’ll find that your budget feels a whole lot bigger than it would if you bought retail. The result is a well-outfitted child and happy parents without strained budgets!

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6 Reasons Moms Love the Beaufort Bonnet Company

Thursday, September 6, 2018 3:01:39 PM America/New_York

On your quest for the cutest Southern baby clothes, you’ll undoubtedly come across The Beaufort Bonnet Company. Rooted in the South Carolina Lowcountry, this boutique brand brings all sorts of Southern charm to baby’s wardrobe. As their name implies, the signature piece from Beaufort Bonnet is their adorable, heirloom baby bonnet featuring sweet touches like carefully chosen, decorative buttons and smocked inserts, but they also make traditional kids’ clothing and swimwear.

Beaufort Bonnet’s accessories and clothing are oozing with classic charm, but that’s not the only reasons why parents adore them. They’re also made for practicality and function, so they often become fast favorites among savvy parents. Here are some more reasons why moms adore this heritage brand.

Toddler Girls in Beaufort Bonnet Clothing 

  1. Their Bonnets Are Made from an Heirloom Pattern—It’s all about classic styling with Beaufort Bonnet! In fact, their signature baby bonnet is based on a generations-old heirloom pattern from Beaufort, S.C. and features nine buttons and hand-covered roping. For this reason, they are totally reminiscent of old-fashioned Southern styles that you’ve probably seen in your mom’s or grandma’s baby pictures. If you consider traditional baby bonnets an essential part of parenthood, then you need at least one of these charming bonnets in your arsenal.
  2. Their Bonnets Are Lovingly Handmade—It’s rare to find high-quality, handmade kids’ clothing these days, but Beaufort Bonnet still makes things the old-fashioned way as part of their commitment to keeping their apparel authentically old-fashioned. Each Beaufort Bonnet is handmade in the U.S. by talented seamstresses using the original bonnet pattern. They are then carefully adorned with hand-fashioned detailing, so you know that the one you buy for your special bundle of joy will be a total one-of-a-kind!
  3. Despite Their Delicate Look, Beaufort Bonnets Are Easy to Clean—According to the company, Beaufort bonnets and other pieces from their collections are made for parent-approved practicality. Thus, you can easily machine wash them if they become dirty during playtime. To wash, simply unbutton the bonnet and machine wash on cold or delicate. Be sure to lay flat to dry (do not dry in the dryer) and iron if necessary. They may look fragile, but Beaufort Bonnet Company assures us these bonnets are made to be worn.
  4. They Make a Practical Addition to Baby’s Wardrobe—So besides the fact that they’re incredibly cute, there are some sensible reasons why you might dress your baby in a bonnet. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends dressing baby in sun-protective bonnets (along with sunscreen, of course) when outside in order to protect her skin, eyes and scalp from damaging UV rays. These accessories are easy to fold up and toss in your diaper bag or beach bag for a quick cover when the sun feels harsh. 

Two Babies Wearing a Bonnet

  1. Their Bonnets Are Uh-Dorable, Plain and Simple—So you’re big on practicality and sensible styling—great! But we can’t deny that a big reason why moms adore this extra-special brand is because their bonnets and baby clothes are too cute to pass up! Every piece is exquisitely designed and crafted with care using age-old sewing techniques and timeless patterns, so you can use them to dress baby for all sorts of special occasions, including baptisms, christenings, bris ceremonies and baby photo shoots. The prep factor is off the charts with Beaufort Bonnet, and you’ll see it in colors like Plantation Pink, Richmond Red and Nantucket Navy.
  2. They’re More than Just Cute Baby Bonnets—Love the look and feel of high-quality, heirloom baby bonnets? Then you’ll adore Beaufort Bonnet’s wide variety of boys’ and girls’ clothing, including handmade dresses, swimsuits, rompers, bloomers and more dripping with sweet, Southern style. The company has also started producing high-quality and stylish clothes for mom, all of which offer a distinct Southern flair! You’ll also appreciate the company’s collection of matching mommy-and-me outfits. 

Baby in Plaid Dress Wearing Monogrammed Bonnet

Shopping Beaufort Bonnet at Bagsy

Bagsy is your one-stop shop for used Beaufort Bonnet Company clothing and bonnets for parents who are after special investment pieces but don’t want to shell out thousands. Explore our great selection of preowned baby bonnets and heirloom pieces that make your little one look like a genuine baby doll. Make sure to check back often at ShopBagsy.com for the best preowned apparel from high-end baby brands!

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Along with smocking, embroidery and monogramming, appliquéing is one of the most traditional ways to accent kids’ clothing for a special, one-of-a-kind finishing touch. This fun sewing technique is a signature of many of our favorite boutique kids’ brands, including the British favorite Mini Boden.

With colorful, textured imagery featuring all of your little one’s favorite things—cats, dogs, llamas, unicorns, apples and rainbows!—Mini Boden’s clothing appliqués bring a fun spirit and cool dimension to otherwise plain styles. They’re also a great way to dress your child for a special occasion, like back-to-school, holidays and birthdays. With this detail, you can create outfits that are expressive, playful and true to your child’s unique personality.

Mini Boden Teal Striped Applique Knit Shirt 

What is Appliqué?

Appliquéd clothing features an image or design that has been sewed into the garment using different layers of material. The ornamental needlework technique essentially requires the layering of different pieces on top of the garment’s primary fabric, creating a multilayered, multicolored, textured design. Designers may use various colors and textures to create a distinct image that appears to pop right off the fabric! The eye-catching look makes appliqués perfect for kids’ clothes and gives your little one’s apparel a hand-crafted feel that can’t be mimicked with regular textile manufacturing techniques.

The art of appliqué traces its roots back to French sewing traditions and gets its name from the French word for “something applied.” Originally, the technique was used as a quick and affordable way to cover up holes or tears in clothing, but it’s now seen as purely decorative. Because it requires extra time and material, appliquéd elements are typically found on high-end clothing, especially boutique children’s clothes that are handmade. You’ll find these eye-catching accents on tops, leggings, dresses and more at Bagsy, with options for both casual days at the playground and special occasions that require a dressy look.

 

Why We Love Mini Boden Appliqués

The primary reason why we’re crazy about appliquéd styles from Mini Boden is because they provide a wonderful way for your child to express herself throughout the year and during special occasions. If she adores animals, she’ll love appliqués featuring adorable bunnies, dinosaurs, whales, tropical birds, sea creatures and more. Mini Boden’s animal appliqué clothing is perfect for summer playdates and cute picture day outfits!

 Boy Toddler in Red Applique Sweater

 

For parents who always dress their little ones in unique holiday outfits, Mini Boden clothes pile on the festive charm! With appliquéd outfits to celebrate every single holiday—Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter and beyond—you’ll find a style by this brand that’s ideal for all of your celebratory picnics, parties and photo ops. Seasonal appliqués for winter, summer, spring and fall ensure that she always has something she’ll actually be excited to wear no matter the weather or the time of year.

Thanks to their colorful, multidimensional appeal, appliqués are perfect for little boys and girls who are particularly picky about getting dressed. They’re often finished with soft, textured fabrics and whimsical details that make them beloved by both kids and adults, so you can bet that they’ll be excited to get ready when you’ve got Mini Boden in the lineup! These extra-special boys’ and girls’ clothes are also great for giving as clothing birthday gifts that any recipient will actually appreciate.

 

Cartoon Bear with Glasses on Polka Dot Background 

Love Appliqué? How to Find it 

As you can tell, Mini Boden is one of the best brands to offer appliquéd kids’ clothing and whimsical, original kids’ clothing in general. If you’re looking for adorable appliqué styles for babies, be sure to explore the latest from Baby Boden, the Boden baby line. These popular names join expressive children’s wear brands like Mud Pie, This and That for Kids, Stellybelly and Cecil & Lou in the amazing appliqué apparel category. Bagsy specializes in designer kids’ resale, so you’ll find apparel from these special boutique brands at an amazing price when you shop with us!

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