Dressed to the nines on the cheap

School uni­form bar­gains can be found in Week­end Shop­per

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Weekend Shopper - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

BUY­ING school uni­forms, es­pe­cially if you have sev­eral chil­dren at school, can be a costly ex­er­cise.

Pub­lic school uni­forms start at around $55 for a Year 2 dress, polo shirts $30 and sko­rts (a com­bi­na­tion of skirt and shorts) for $30 each.

Add to this the cost of a de­cent pair of shoes, bag and hats and then mul­ti­ply it be­cause chil­dren need to have spares and costs start to grow.

The worst part is th­ese uni­forms will need to be re­placed ev­ery sev­eral months as chil­dren con­tinue their growth spurts.

More­over, many schools th­ese days have two uni­forms - one for pri­mary and mid­dle school and an­other for the se­nior years.

Pri­vate school stu­dents will re­quire ad­di­tional items like blaz­ers, pullovers, sports uni­forms, ties, stock­ings, long and short-sleeve shirts and for­mal as well as in­for­mal hats. This will all need to be em­bla­zoned with the school’s logo.

For­tu­nately many of th­ese items can be found un­der the Dancewear and Uni­forms sec­tion of the Week­end Shop­per at sig­nif­i­cant dis­counts.

There is a huge se­lec­tion of school wear from a large va­ri­ety of schools both pub­lic and pri­vate.

Typ­i­cally, new jack­ets and blaz­ers for pri­vate schools re­tail from $215 each so any­thing less is a bar­gain.

For ex­am­ple, pre-loved Bris­bane Boys Col­lege (BBC) jack­ets sell for around $100, BBC sweaters $15 and BBC boaters $10.

Sim­i­larly, a San Sisto school blazer in good con­di­tion sells for $80 and Loreto Col­lege blaz­ers in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion for $50.

Par­ents of stu­dents at state schools can also find some ex­cep­tion­ally priced items, with pre-loved dresses, sko­rts and shirts sell­ing from $5 to $20.

Even if par­ents pur­chase a size larger in an­tic­i­pa­tion of that in­evitable growth, it’s well worth the sav­ings.

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