The Proper Peony

The Proper Peony Dresses: Finding Favorites

My introduction to the brand The Proper Peony came through Instagram. A long time friend had her daughter dressed in the sweetest little dress and I decided that Little Miss needed one too. There was one problem, I couldn’t find it. The Proper Peony is a small but very popular brand. The dresses are hand embroidered and that limits production numbers. Many boutiques only get one size each in each style (if that), and they occasionally have waiting lists for dresses. I eventually located the dress in a The Proper Peony Buy/Sell/Trade group and I paid more than retail. Now we’ve acquired more than 10 The Proper Peony Dresses in an assortment of sizes (not all sizes are available in all styles), I thought I would share a few tips for locating your favorite The Proper Peony Dress. Just a little FYI, this isn’t a sponsored post; I’m just a The Proper Peony enthusiast.

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Little Miss in her The Proper Peony Pink Stella

Did you notice their darling signature flower buttons? That’s one of my favorite details on The Proper Peony dresses.

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I’ve seen some of the most popular and/or limited release The Proper Peony dresses sell in excellent used condition for as much as $300 on buy, sell and trade groups. The average for a really popular dress on BST is between $100-200. Retail value of those dresses was from $70-110. In many cases it’s much easier and cheaper to purchase a dress retail than try to locate it on resale.

These tips are primarily for dresses sold via retail; finding a dress sold exclusively online by The Proper Peony as part of their Freshly Cut dresses is a little harder. The Proper Peony Freshly Cut dresses are released on a specific night at a specific time, and they sell out within mins (sometimes seconds). My only real advice for getting a Freshly Cut dress is to make sure that you’re somewhere with fast internet and you hone your “carting” skills. I generally make sure that I’m logged into Paypal about 5 minutes before the dress release, so that nothing slows down checkout. My husband and I both tried to cart during the last release which was a Pink Gingham Stella, and he was unsuccessful.

The Proper Peony has a list with telephone numbers of boutiques that carry their dresses, but there are no links. I decided to use that list to find stores that share dress inventory online. Several boutiques have most of their inventory available online either through a website or on Instagram. You generally can’t purchase dresses online, but you can use the inventory list to locate a specific style. I’ve found that most boutiques that use Instagram are really responsive to questions through that platform. Many will let you purchase dresses with Paypal through a direct message and ship them to you. Following boutiques on Instagram is a great way to be alerted of sales too. A few of my favorite shops for The Proper Peony on Instagram are Noa and Vivi, Stitchy Fish, Buckles and Bows, and King & Bear.

Alabama
Born Children’s Boutique ~ Montgomery (334) 215-9140 limited online inventory
Charming Darlings ~ Mobile (251) 459-9928 no online inventory
Cloud 9 ~ Decatur (256) 686-2099 no online inventory
Gigi & Jays ~ Fairhope (251) 928-2011 no online inventory
Mommy and Me ~ Gadsden (256) 543-0300 no website
Monogram Plus ~ Montgomery (205) 822-3353 no website
Name Dropper ~ Montgomery (334) 277-7118 no online inventory
Noa and Vivi ~ Dothan (334) 479-0611
Snapdragon Kids ~ Athens (251) 232-2952
Stitchy Fish ~ Daphne (251) 929-4477 limited online inventory
Swaddle ~ Birmingham (205) 870-3503 no online inventory
The Blue Willow ~ Birmingham (205) 968-0909 no online inventory

Arkansas
The Toggery ~ Little Rock (501) 663-8662 no online inventory

Florida
Once Upon a Time ~ Del Ray (561) 808-7449 no online inventory
Pink N Blue Avenue ~ Destin (850) 424-5707 limited online inventory
Tugboat and the Bird ~ Winter Park (407) 647-5437 no online inventory

Georgia
Baby Braithwaite ~ Atlanta (404) 869-8665 no online inventory
Brother and Sissy ~ Peachtree City (770) 680-7985 limited online inventory
Buckles and Bows ~ Griffin. (678) 572-4223 no website but responsive on Instagram and Facebook
Cutie Patooties ~ Simmons (912) 434-9372 no online inventory
King & Bear ~ Atlanta (404) 254-2627 no online inventory but responsive to questions on Facebook
Mary Madison ~ Thomasville (229) 226-2466 no online inventory
Posh Tots ~ Augusta (706) 733-4990 no online inventory
Sarah Jane Children’s Boutique ~ Savannah (912) 234-5266 no online inventory but responsive on Instagram
The Children’s Shop ~ Atlanta (404) 365-8496 no online inventory
The Crab and The Apple Children’s Boutique ~ Milton (678) 617-2227 no online inventory

Kansas
The Little House ~ Kansas City (913) 236-9861 no online inventory

Kentucky
Animal Crackers ~ Louisville (502) 896-2339 no online inventory
Rabbit in the Moon ~ (502) 326-5683 no online inventory
Baby Bundles ~ Lexington (859) 309-0459 no website and limited inventory on Facebook
Lillian June ~ Barbourville (606) 546-4111 no website but responsive on Facebook and Instagram
Zella Rose Boutique ~ Ashland (606) 929-5787 no online inventory

Louisiana
Baby Bump ~ Baton Rouge (504) 304-2737 no online inventory
Baby Bump ~ New Orleans (504) 304-2737 no online inventory
Banbury Cross ~ Metairie (504) 837-0447 no online inventory
Children’s Shoppe ~ Monroe (318) 323-7223 no online inventory
Children’s Shoppe ~ Ruston (318) 251-9599 no online inventory
Kiddeaux’s ~ Lafayette (337) 534-0736 no online inventory
Ladies in Waiting ~ Shreveport (318) 865-9603 no online inventory but responsive on Facebook
Mignon ~ New Orleans (504) 891-2374 no online inventory
Myra’s Me’Lange ~ Thibodeaux (985) 449-0631 no website
No Small Miracle ~ Alexandria (318) 704-6580 no website
Oh Baby ~ Baton Rouge (225) 930-0089 no online inventory
Olive Patch ~ Covington (985) 327-5772 no website but has some availability posted to Instagram
The Moppet Shoppe ~ Shreveport (318) 865-7655 no online inventory

Massachusetts
Pocket Full of Posies ~ Osterville (508) 420-8895 no online inventory

Mississippi
Belles and Beaus ~ Oxford (662) 236-6880 no online inventory
Beyond the Rainbow ~ Brookhaven (601) 835-1580 no online inventory
Giggleswick ~ Starkville (662) 323-4438 no online inventory
Gingers ~ Corinth (662) 286-2821 no website but has an Instagram
Little Lane ~ Hattiesburg (601) 268-3577 no website but has an Instagram (doesn’t take Paypal)
Nursery Rhymes ~ Jackson (601) 368-9997 no website but has Facebook
Punkin Patch ~ Cleveland (662) 843-0434 has a Facebook account
Riley’s ~ Gulfport (228) 896-6823 has a Facebook account
Sweet Dreams ~ Madison (601) 856-2080 has a Facebook account
The Carousel ~ Pontotoc (662) 586-5117 has an Instagram account
The Square Cupboard ~ Hernando (662) 449-2686
Williams Brothers ~ Philadelphia (601) 656-2651 no website

New Jersey
By George ~ Fair Haven (732) 939-1135

North Carolina
Fancy Pants ~ Charlotte (704) 344-0333 no website
Lamb’s Ear ~ Raleigh (919) 781-0351 no website
McCalls ~ Winston Salem (336) 723-9419
Oodles & Maggie ~ Asheville (828) 277-8991 website with limited inventory
Peanut Butter and Jelly ~ Wilmington (910) 256-4554 website states you’ll be able to shop online soon
Polliwogs ~ Greensboro (336) 275-1555 no online inventory
Puddle Baby ~ Chapel Hill (919) 967-2919 website states online store coming soon
Shutterbugs ~ Raleigh (919) 833-7527

Oklahoma
Bebe’s ~ Nichols Hills (405) 843-8431 has a Facebook page

Pennsylvania
Enchanted Elephant ~ Scranton (570) 209-7481 website under construction

South Carolina
Island Child ~ Hilton Head (843) 686-5437 website but no online inventory
James and Eloise ~ Lexington (803) 399-8404 limited online inventory
Little Lambs and Ivy, Too ~ Columbia (803) 343-7070 has an Instagram
Pitter Patter ~ Aiken (803) 643-8000 has a Facebook account
Southern Belles ~ Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-1741 has a Facebook account
The Carousel ~ Columbia (803) 743-4442 has a Facebook account
The Frilly Frog ~ Greenwood (864) 223-7886 has a website with limited inventory
Vann & Liv ~ Greenville (864) 520-8118 has a website and takes preorders

Texas
Babies on the Boulevard ~ Ft. Worth (817) 737-7171 has an Instagram
Bambino’s ~ San Antonio (210) 824-7676 has a website with limited inventory (fast shipping too, I’ve ordered from them)
Bering’s (on Bissonnet) ~ Houston (713) 787-1315 has a website but no inventory
Bering’s (on Westheimer) ~ Houston (713) 785-6400 has a website but no inventory
Doodles Baby Gifts ~ Houston (713) 528-2900 has a website but no inventory
For Heaven’s Sake ~ Beaumont (409) 898-3340 has an Instagram
Hip! Hip! Hooray! ~ Dallas (214) 369-2788 has an Instagram
Itsy Bitsy Boutique ~ Houston (713) 523-3100 has a website but no inventory
La Bebe Boutique ~ Midland (432) 687-2800 has a website but no inventory
Layette ~ Dallas (214) 520-7000 has a website but no inventory
Mommie Chic and Me ~ League City (281) 557-0336 limited online inventory
Nook at 909 ~ Laredo (956) 722-0036 has an Instagram
Picket Fences ~ Austin (512) 458-2565 no online inventory
Spinout ~ Tyler (903) 526-2226 has an Instagram
StorkLand ~ Wichita Falls (940) 766-1234 no online inventory
The Monogram Shop ~ Houston (832) 251-8771 no online inventory
The Posh Petunia ~ Dallas (972) 403-1540 no online inventory
Zandy Zoos ~ Nederland (409) 727-0800 no online inventory
Zoodles ~ McAllen (979) 575-6255 has an Instagram

Tennessee
Cotton Tails ~ Memphis (901) 685-8417 no online inventory
Itty Bitty Bella ~ Collierville (901) 457-7846 no online inventory
Mags and Lulu ~ Jackson (731) 300-4380 no online inventory
Plaid Rabbit ~ Nashville (615) 298-2323 no online inventory
Ready Set Grow ~ Cookeville (931) 526-8680 limited online inventory
The Sandbox ~ Chattanooga (423) 756-7655 no online inventory but you have limited ability to shop via Instagram

Virginia
1Z 2Z 3Z ~ Richmond (917) 733-4258 no online inventory
Ashby Mae Children’s Boutique ~ Leesburg (703) 507-1874 no website but responsive on Instagram
Jags ~ Grundy (276) 935-4311 limited online inventory
The Perfect Setting ~ Newport News (757) 594-9515 no online inventory

Washington DC
Little Birdies Boutique ~ Washington (202) 333-1059 Limited online inventory

What’s your favorite brand of clothing for children? I’d love to know what your little ones are currently wearing.

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