The gift of hand-me-downs
Being first born, I personally never received any hand-me-downs. What I heard growing up from siblings and friends was not in line with my son's current state of perpetual happiness. The general consensus was "this sucks".
Is this an only child thing, I wondered? Because my kid's over the moon! Monday he wore pajama shorts that he insisted were "real shorts". Tuesday he sported a short-shirt combo that could only be described as "clashing". On Wednesday he bragged to his friends about the cool hole in the John Deere tee his cousin gave him. "The air comes right through it, mom", he said. Today as we were just about to leave the house, he stepped right out of his "regular" shorts and ran upstairs to the hand-me-down bag to find a "new" pair of shorts. I'm happy to say that today's outfit almost matches.
In the spirit of giving, I've been happy to pass along most my son's outgrown clothes to the children of friends and colleagues and always felt so good when I received glowing "thank you's". It really is such a great feeling to not have to shell out big bucks for clothes and gear that won't fit three months from now.
In addition to sharing clothing and kid gear with family and friends, there are several clothing swaps and consignment sales and shops here in the Saratoga area you should absolutely check out. Here are a few:
Treasures Thrift Shop
60 West Ave, Saratoga Springs
a service of Saratoga Hospital
2124 Doubleday Avenue, Ballston Spa
Cuddle Bugs Consigment Boutique
455 Maple Avenue (Route 9), Saratoga Springs
100 Saratoga Village Blvd., Suite 3, Ballston Spa
Saratoga County Fairgrounds' Consignment Sale of Children's Items
is scheduled for October 3 - 10 2010
The semi-annual Katrina Trask Nursery School's next consignment sale will be help this fall http://ktnurseryschool.org/sale