Happy Monday, all! I was going to do a Weekend Diaries today, but then I thought maybe I'd take things a different direction (sorry, Mom). Let's take a little poll. First question:
How do you shop for children's clothing? The mall? Online? Consignment shops? Thrift Stores?
When I only had one and then two kids I did lots of shopping at thrift stores. Then things got hairy, trying to make rational decisions with all the whining and grabbing and running that accompanied the kids getting bigger (and greater in number) and sprouting personalities. So we started going the consignment shop route more and more - things tended to be a bit pricier, but also more concentrated and organized in terms of sizes and quality.
One recent trip to a local shop yielded about fifteen pieces that we really liked, but thank goodness it was "half-off" day - the total before discount was $150! This experience, along with a recent revival of my thrifting adventures (the start of the school year has allowed me to venture forth with a mere two children) got me thinking. What if there was an option that fell somewhere between the two extremes? Could there be a way to access good quality, clean, used items easily and on a budget?
Now second question: How do you feel about "shop my closet" profiles and/or hashtags on Instagram? For those unfamiliar with the practice, more and more bloggers have either set up a separate profile, or use the hashtag "shop my closet", to sell their gently used items to other Instagram users. I've always liked looking, but I find that I don't like to purchase things that I can't try on first.
But then - light bulb - I rarely ever have my kids try on clothes (can you say "torture"?) when I shop for them. And an idea began to form... Maybe I could put my love of thrifting to good use, and start a little virtual shop to pass on the good finds that don't fit my babes.
So short story long, I'm asking if you other mothers would be interested in said shop. A curated space of gently used baby and kid's clothing, ranging in price from a couple bucks to $15 (for things like quality outerwear). All transactions would be first come first serve (not auction style a la ebay... ain't nobody got time for that), and conducted via PayPal.
So hit me. Tell me your thoughts, o wise mamas.