Hand-Me-Downs and Hand-Me-Down-Hand-Me-Downs

I can hardly remember the last time I bought something off the rack for the full retail price, I am always scanning clearance racks and bargain stores, waiting for something to go on sale.  I recently bought a snowboard at a thrift store for $15. I usually price things out by researching online before I purchase it so I knew that was an extremely good deal.  I gave it to my 12 year old for his birthday.  I still have to find the boots and bindings, which are pretty expensive, but I will be searching the online classifieds for a good deal.  I have definitely passed on my thriftiness to some of my kids.  One son told me he’d rather shop at thrift stores because he can find, for instance, a similar sweater to what you can find at the mall for $40 at the thrift store for less than $10.  It makes me so proud.  They still like to be fashionable, though they all have their own style, but they find a way to do that on a budget.  A daughter likes to shop at Plato’s Closet, they pay people for their gently used clothing and sell it to others at a discounted rate, but have more variety of better brands than a thrift store.

For the young children we usually find some season close-outs in the next size up for the following season, and then when they outgrow those items we stick them off in storage totes again for the next child to grow into, and then the next child and so on.

Oftentimes we will get offered bags of clothing just because we have a lot of kids.  I don’t mind saving people a trip to the thrift store.  If we can’t use it I usually know someone who can.  Sometimes there have been some great finds in those bags. If we ever get boys pants that are somewhat in style without holes in the knees from size 5 to size 18 it’s pretty great! Sometimes there is hardly anything usable.   One time we were excited to get about 20 bags of clothing from a garage sale at the end of the day, we told them we would save them a trip to the thrift store.  We got it home to sort through it and it was all grandma stuff not even my grandmas would wear!  The kids had fun dressing up in them for a few days and off to the thrift store it went.

One thing we don’t get enough of?. . .Socks!

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2 Responses to Hand-Me-Downs and Hand-Me-Down-Hand-Me-Downs

  1. Shirley says:

    This post not only made me smile, it triggered a flood of warm memories. Thank you!

    Hand me downs and never enough socks…. such wholesome simple things in a label oriented, materialistic society. When my children were little ( I have two ) a bag of hand me down clothes or a trip to the thrift shop was always so much fun and filledw with surprises. I can only imagine how much fun the experience would be with as many children as you have.

    As a divorced, empty nester who is still young and has always yearned for a house overflowing with people to love and look after, companionship and endless activity, your lifestyle makes my heart smile and it’s one I would embrace in a heartbeat if the opportunity presented itself to me. Your family is blessed with an abundance of love. Love isn’t meant to be squandered and shared by only two people it’s meant to be shared and nurtured so it can grow. I look very forward to more heart smiles from your posts.

  2. Joseph R. says:

    My, oh my! You guys have quite a lot going on with this site, don’t you! I have found all of today to be a very intriguing experience, and found myself burning with a fire to advocate the inherent civil rights denied to polygamist families. Joe had spoken today about the shroud of fear that polygamists live under, and having been a child raised in that shroud, I would love to help fight for a world where that particular fear has no place in the hearts of children. I feel I have a great deal I can learn from you four.

    On the topic of the blog post, thriftiness was something I had to learn. I had plenty of hand-me-downs, but alas, I rebelled and went on a name-brand spree. My savior (and my wallets) was none other than Plato’s Closet. Found a lot of great clothes, some still brand new with tags! I heard an aphorism once, describing the plight of a poor man to that of a wealthy man.

    “A poor man is one who brings home a television saying ‘Honey, look what I saved up enough to buy!’ whilst a wealthy man brings home a television saying ‘Honey, you won’t believe the price I got this for!’” ;)

    Thank you for today! I’m not a fan of shrimp, but couldn’t stop stuffing my face. I hope to be in touch, and maybe lend my energy to your great cause!

    -Joseph

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