It’s funny how, when people know you’re a thrift diver, they automatically assume that everything you own comes from the thrift store, and that you neeeeever buy anything from “real” stores.
Does that happen to you, too?
I’ll admit that mostly every piece of furniture (since we’ve moved into our “new” old house 2 years ago) has come from a thrift store. Oh, and my wardrobe?? (if you could call it that)–yeah, I’ve been adding a lot of cute thrift store sweaters and dresses and this sexy $7.00 thrift store blouse that I bought earlier this year.
And don’t forget my kids, who think it’s a serious TREAT to get $1.00 bags of toys from the thrift store. LOL
But no, you guys, I don’t buy everything from the thrift store. And I doubt you do, either.
Sometimes I’m looking for something specific, and I need it right away, and you know how thrift stores goes–it’s hit or miss.
I’m always on the prowl for cheap places to shop online, especially for my kids, like toys and clothing. So when CookiesKids.com, an on-line retailer that offers name-brand kid’s fashion (and school uniforms), and toys, at discount prices, invited me to shop on their online store and provide a REVIEW, I jumped at the chance!
I knew exactly what I wanted to buy: sneakers for my toddler. Aren’t these things atrocious? Poor baby has HOLES in his toes! Didn’t I just buy these when school started back in September? WTF??
So I found these awesome Spider Man sneakers on CookiesKids.com, and was so excited to order them, but–damn!–they didn’t have my son’s size!
I was also on the hunt for a coat for my 1st grader. I just struck gold recently by finding an awesome Children’s Place coat for him for $5.00 at the thrift store, but–double damn!!–it was too small! And I haven’t been able to find another nice coat at the thrift store, so I was hoping that Cookies Kids would have an affordable coat. Here are a few NorthFace coats that we liked. They also had really awesome Northface Backpacks:
But did you notice the price on these coats? I’ve never paid $69 for a coat before (for a child), much less $139.99. So….sigh….we didn’t get the coats. Although, looking back, $70 probably wasn’t a bad deal, considering that we have 3 boys, and you know each one of them will have their turn wearing it….oooohhh…..the dreaded hand-me-downs!
Would you have bought a $69.99 coat for a 6 year old? Just curious….
So at this point, I decided it might be a good idea to let my 6 year old play around on the site, at which he was begging to let him do it himself.
He wanted a HOODIE, but the kind that didn’t zip down the front. And this was the only one that fit his criteria. I wasn’t a big fan, so we didn’t get any hoodies.
And, I just have to say, having all boys, you don’t get to search and drool over amazing stuff like this cute little “Sadie” skirt from Baby Phat Clothing.
They did have some stylish, affordable winter hats, though! And I thought the prices were decent.
This one was sooooo cute! Too bad that none of my boys are into Yo! Gabba Gabba!
This dino hat caught my eye, and I knew that I HAD to have it! Isn’t it adorable? It was only $6.99. I even went to Kohls.com to check out the competition, and Kohl’s was selling the Dino hat for $8.00, so Cookies Kids was slightly less expensive on hats.
CookiesKids.com versus Kohls.com……Green Dino hat!
I figured I would check out the toy section. And I loved that they had an educational toy section. My 1st grade thought that was so cool 🙂
I liked that they sold baby gear at Cookie’s Kids, too. The prices were comparable to other online retailers that sell baby stuff, too.
But anyhow, after checking out the toy section, I decided to get my son this Vivatar microscope and telescope set. My 1st grader LOVES science, and I’ve always wanted to get him a microscope and telescope. Now THAT is something I’ve never seen as a thrift store (microscope and telescope), so I couldn’t wait to buy this and play with it with my kids!
Checkout was pretty easy. I ordered a $5.99 Checkers game, too, but several days after placing my order, Customer Service emailed me to say that the Checkers game wasn’t available. DRATS…I really wish they’d have mentioned this at check-out. However, their customer service was AWESOME because they offered me a refund…plus a $10 credit to my account…AND free shipping (which usually costs $5.95). So, although disappointed, I was very pleased with the make-up for the mistake.
OH! Here’s one tip of advice– ALWAYS LOOK FOR SHOPPING COUPONS ONLINE BEFORE ORDERING ANYTHING. I went to my favorite online coupon site, and found a 13% off coupon for CookiesKids.com. Score! 🙂
I ended up not getting that black hat, either, but the telescope and microscope and green dino hat came in 6 days.
My first grader was super excited to open the telescope and microscope!
I was shocked to see that it CAME with a UPS return shipping box! I thought that was fantastic customer service should a customer need to return an item.
It wasn’t long before the telescope became a shooter **rolling my eyes** Seriously, this is what life is like raising a bunch of BOYS….
And, of course, the box became a car, LOL.
We got started with the microscope, and discovered it was a poor purchase. You could only see hazy yellow light in the microscope. There hadn’t been any reviews on Cookie’s Kids, so I had no idea what quality of product I was receiving. Later, I went onto Amazon.com and looked at the reviews, and sure enough, everyone else thought it wasn’t a good product, either. Looks like I may very well need that UPS box…..
I felt a little sorry for my 6 year old because he reallllly wanted these things to work. Even the telescope, he climbed up on my car in the cold, and willed it to work 🙂
Everything was dark. SIGH…..
However, the big winner of the night was that freakin’ green dino hat! Everyone loved it and crazy enough–we all fit it (barely!)! And my 1st grader decided he was going to sleep in it 🙂
So here’s a quick recap:
What I Liked about CookiesKids.com
- Excellent customer service!
- Offers a mix of goods, ranging from clothing, toys, and baby gear.
- Some prices were competitive.
- Great selection of fun hats that kids love.
- They’re celebrating their 40th year of business; I like that they’re well-established!
What Could Be Improved
- Selection and sizes should be expanded.
- Better inventory control is necessary so that shoppers aren’t able to buy items that aren’t available.
- Offer less popular brands so that there are more affordable price points for everyone.
- More “User Reviews” are needed on the site so that people can get feedback for things they want to purchase.
So Who is CookiesKids.com For?
CookiesKids.com is for people who love name brands and, although competitively priced, don’t mind paying a little bit more than knock-off brands. You can be a thrift diver and shop real stores! *smirk smirk* But just be sure you do your research on the items you’re buying, and remember to look for coupon codes! If you like Cookie’s Kids, they have 7 bricks-and-mortar stores in the NYC area (Bronx, Brooklyn, and Jamaica), too. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter at #cookieskids.
If you’d like to check out this Google+ album, you can find it here.
So there you have it!
Go check out Cookie’s Kids and let me know things they offer that would like to buy!
DISCLOSURE: I am a a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community. This shop as been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and CookiesKids.com #CBis #SocialFabric. All opinions are 100% my own, fo shizzle…..