Second Hand Not Second Best

Click to visit the Siren Stories website and read more work by J.J. Barnes and check out her latest novels.

Click to visit the Siren Stories website and read more work by J.J. Barnes and check out her latest novels.

When you have a baby you will get thrown up on. You’ll get wee’d on. You’ll get pooped on…. in my case you’ll get dressed on Christmas morning in pretty sparkly clothes, lift your baby’s legs to change a nappy and get a projectile stream of poo blasted into you. But equally so, your baby will throw up, wee and poop on herself. Her nappies will leak gunge out the side and stain her beautiful new clothes in bright yellow yuck.

So, when you look at the price of baby clothes in the shops it can all seem a bit daunting! Occasionally Miss Rosis Roots will require two or three costume changes in a day. Plus she’s growing like a beast! Currently she is 9 weeks old. That is just over two months. She’s wearing age 3-6 month clothes. That’s an entire wardrobe of Newborn and 0-3 month clothes cast aside after just a few weeks of use. That’s not including the things so badly stained they had to go even before she’d grown out of them.

That’s a lot of clothes! And a lot of poop. And a lot of washing.

So, on the assumption you’re not brandishing a bank account that would make the average mother weep, my advice is to raid your local charity shops. I’ve picked up baby vests for just 25p each, bodysuits for 75p, dungarees for £1.50. Come home from shopping with a giant bag stuffed with beautiful baby clothes and spend only a tenner for the privilege, it’s fantastic! Plus they’ve been worn so little (because their former owners also grew ridiculously quickly) that they’re still like new and often much fancier brands than I could ever afford to buy new! You may even find a few things to indulge yourself with, a rare treat when all your money seems to suddenly go on things like bouncy chairs, pooh bear t-shirts and extremely tiny socks.

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Thanks as always for reading, and I’ll speak to you soon I hope!

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2 responses to “Second Hand Not Second Best

  1. Ditto all the way! I am not ashamed in the slightest. I would rather buy second hand clothes from charity shops, car boot sales and from Facebook sale sites and then save money for Caiden for something he needs that I can’t get second hand, or just to allow me to put that extra bit of money away into his savings account that I wouldn’t be able to do if I was spending £10+ on a single outfit. What’s more, when he has outgrown his tiny little clothes so far (that I have bought cheaply), I have sold them on to other non-ashamed mummies and have effectively got my money back and dressed him for free in the most part! I always used to send things to charity shops but for the time being in our house (ok, flat), charity begins at home. Don’t get me wrong, I window shop and see so many gorgeous little outfits in the shops that he would look lovely in, but then I look at the price and think about how many other things I could get him with that. And occasionally I give in and buy the odd top in the sales but for the most part it is second hand all the way, and i find things for myself too. Does he know any different? No! Does anybody looking at him know any different? I doubt it. What’s more when buying from charity shops it is a good thing as your money is going to good causes rather than the Chief Exec of Mothercare or Next, etc!

    Just thought I’d share! Proud Mummy! xxx

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