I have been looking for a new desk. Since I started “facilitating” (we don’t use the word teaching anymore, apparently) an online course I am spending a considerable amount of time working at the computer. Our current setup is really bad, which is ironic since I am “facilitating” a course in Ergonomics.
I would really like to find a second-hand desk that I can paint or refinish so I have been frequenting the local thrift stores. It is no secret that I really enjoy thrift store shopping. During my trips I always make a point to go through the kids clothing. Sometimes I find one or two items, and other times I have a day like today…JACKPOT.
I spent $22 and change and got the following:
– black dress shoes – these are the next size up from what Miss K is wearing now
– brown Gymboree jumper – it is a size 6 so I will be putting it away for a year or two
– pink Gymboree sweater – also a size 6
– denim Children’s Place overalls – Mister J will wear these in the spring
– purple Nautica dress shirt – size 3T & will be going into storage
– brown Gymboree zip sweater – should fit in the fall
– grey Osh Kosh hoodie – another for storage size 2T
– grey Carters T – size 2T
– brown Gymboree shirt – will fit now
– blue Osh Kosh T – will also fit now (this was new with tags)
– Carters footie pyjamas – they are size 4T so I was going to put them away buy Miss K said she would like to wear them
– summer romper – it’s size 18 months so I am not sure if it will work for the summer but I thought it was cute
Some people don’t like to buy clothing too far in advance. Since I try to stick to basic items I don’t worry too much about it. Occasionally I come across an item I wasn’t able to use because it didn’t fit in the right season, but since I usually purchase name brands I can often consign it to get my money back (and often a little more).
During this tight year I am going to make an increased effort to get the kids clothing for as little as possible. I am sure this will be a major challenge in the Fall as Miss K is starting kindergarten. Luckily, we already have quite a stash of Fall clothing that I am pretty certain is going to work.
I am also committing to keeping a smaller more basic wardrobe for the children. In the past we have gotten hand-me-downs and I have also purchased items (on sale or second-hand). The closets were jammed and many things got worn only once or not at all. I have been working hard to stop myself from buying things just because the are cute. No matter how good the price is, it is still too much if it is not something they need. That is what I keep telling myself anyway.
I have big plans to inventory what I currently have in storage. I am not sure if that is ever going to happen, but it would sure be helpful.