Thursday, September 07, 2006

To Sell or Not to Sell

I had to go to the post office and "on the way" home, I decided to swing by The Children's Orchard, a kid's resale shop. I found an adorable skirt that I almost resisted, but then didn't, for only $3.99. So adorable and I just need the right top and it'll be a little punk. I totally would wear it if it weren't in Stella's size. Anyway, it got me thinking about selling some of the stuff Stella has outgrown. I'd originally planned to keep almost all of it because we are planning on having more children, but I realized today, would our future daughter/s want to have the exact same wardrobe as their older sister? Wouldn't it make you feel pretty crappy if all your pictures were of you in the same clothes your sister had? It would be weird, wouldn't it? I am the oldest and only have a brother, so I never had to deal with hand-me-downs, but I understand they suck. My father periodically reminds us to treat any future children just as well as Stella. I think his concern in this area might have something to do with the fact that he's a middle child. Maybe I should sell the clothes, then keep the cash in a safe place to purchase clothes for the future child. Yeah right. The other thing is that there's no way I could buy a wardrobe for a new child with what you would get from reselling Stella's clothes. I think I might pick out some of the more heinous things that I don't like that Stella got as gifts from well-meaning people whose taste I don't agree with and sell those. I mean, Stella has clothes that she has never worn, or only worn once!


Tim said...

Could be worse. Could be pictures of you in jagnormous tinted glasses, a blue hawiian shirt, white pants, and red suspenders.
Also, I remember thrift store hand me downs as being way worse than hand me downs I got from my mom's friends. Of course I didn't really encounter real hand me downs like me sisters did. You should ask them. I'm not sure if it's so much an enormous negative, or if it just really enhances how much you enjoy the new stuff you get.

yer mama said...

Ah yes, the resell-to do or not to do. I went ahead and did it for his first round of outgrown clothes. And I got so little money from the resell shop that I swore to never do it again. Instead I keep my ears pricked up for news of a mother in need and give them away. I just gave away everything (minus one or two special pieces) that Henry has worn since about 3 months on. I too thot how weird it would be if his future sibling had on the same clothes in all of his/her baby photos. What if my babies all look alike and when I am old and grey and nodding by the fire I cant -GASP- tell which baby is which in the photos! That would be sad.

And just to give a hint as to how little they pay - they wanted to give me $3 for perfectly perfect Robeez. NO WAY!

Kelli in the Mirror said...

I kept every stitch of Gilly's clothes until just a month or so ago, and then pulled them all out with an eye for what I actually might want this next girl to wear. I'm selling a bunch of things in our garage sale that are stained, or in my opinion, ugly. Stuff that's cute enough to keep I'll probably dress #2 in, then maybe sell it on ebay if it's a name brand. I made $26 off one of her little Janie and Jack dresses. :)

Mindy said...

Allow me to add my own personal experience.

Family planning doesnt always happen like you think. My sister is 4 years and 10 months older than me. In addition to this, she is about 5 inches shorter than me.
My clothes were constantly 5 years out of style. In addition to this injustice, they were all 5 inches too short!

What is cute today will be hideous tomorrow. Take my life... imagine all the fashion changes that occured between 1975 and 1985.

Alternative solution: pick the ones that are really super cute that mean alot to you (events or pictures or whatever) and make a quilt out of them. It's alot easier than it sounds, trust me. I can show you in one afternoon with a dinky sewing machine.

Sell everything else.

Stella gets a family heirloom and your youngest wont end up bitter and resentful. :o)

Kelli in the Mirror said...

That's true. At my bridal shower my gram gave me a quilt made with a bunch of my baby clothes. It's awesome.