Ok, so you know I love deals. I also love shopping for my daughter (and little boy on the way). I happen to love Gymboree, Gap, and all the expensive stores, but I don't love their prices (who does?). But there are some ways to score some great deals (like Target prices) on name-brand clothing.
The most obvious tip is to use a coupon on sale and clearance items. I often buy ahead for next year at the end of season when prices are super low. Last fall I scored shorts for $3.99 and tops for about $3.99-4.99 (plus I used a coupon and got an additional 20% off). I try to buy only the type of fabric that will last longer (not t-shirt material). These don't show wash wear so I feel like I get more for my $$$. Coupons are often in magazines (Parents, Disney, etc).