Last night I decided that we needed some new pajamas for our son. He’ll be one in a couple weeks, and this is the first time we’ve ever had to go clothes shopping for him. This is due to the generosity of a friend who gave me her son’s hand me downs (which were given to her as hand me downs – we’re really into recycling around here), and to the fact that I believe that it doesn’t matter what babies wear as long as they are comfortable (thus you’ll never find me at the mall looking for cute outfits for him). Anyway, after nearly a year, we had run out of pjs that fit. So we headed to our two neighborhood thrift stores today, on a pj mission.
I found lots of pajamas (including two piece sets that have not been treated with flame retardants, one of which had never been worn). In addition to the pajamas for our son, we found all sorts of other goodies. We spent a total of $46 between the two stores. Here’s a look at our loot:
Two pair of zip-up pjs, a sleep sack, and a cute little shirt.
A Columbia jacket for me, two pair of shorts for my husband, a big saucepan for our solar oven, a yoga band, a garlic storage container (I currently store all of my produce in one huge bowl on the counter. So my garlic snuggles with my mangos. Now the garlic will have it’s own little home), and a Hip Hammock. The Hip Hammock was only $3.50, and I tried it out in the store before I bought it. I still love my Moby Wrap when we’re walking long distances, but it’s not the easiest thing to put on. The Hip Hammock took about 5 seconds to get on, and our son happily rode around in it while we finished our shopping. I checked it out online when I got home and found that some had been recalled a few years ago, but this one is a newer model that hasn’t had any problems. Not bad for $3.50!
And more stuff for the little guy: Two sun hats, a pair of swim trunks, two more sets of pjs, a really cool jacket that I think is handmade (it doesn’t have any tags or logos in it. It’s amazingly well made), a pair of little guy slippers, a soft book with all sorts of little person-friendly activities that our son didn’t put down the whole time we were in the store, and a sweatshirt.
All of that for $46. Have I ever mentioned how much I love thrift stores? I can’t imagine ever shopping anywhere else. Even if we made twice as money as we do now, I think I would always see it as a waste of money to buy things brand new. Not only are there bargains around every corner when you shop second hand, but I love the idea that you never know what you’ll find when you go thrifting. It’s always an adventure.