Clothing Budgets and How to Maintain a Small One

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By Ejiria Walker, PQ Monthly
Being a mother to an ever growing nine year old, I understand the yearly budget needed for new/newer clothing for your children.  I feel like I am buying clothing on a monthly basis. Whether it's shoes, jeans, cleats, or shirts, I am constantly buying items for my son.  And just when you think it's going to be a good 6-8 months before you buy something, NOPE! You gotta buy some pajamas and slippers. It's never ending! But luckily, someone invented thrift shops and consignment stores. The first thing I do when I decide to go thrift shopping is bring a couple pairs of gloves.  Because let's face it, I don't want to grab a dirty pair underwear with my bare hands that was shoved in between two items.  NO THANK YOU! They don't need to be heavy duty, but I have the nitrile or vinyl gloves (I would stay away from latex since someone near you at the store could have a latex sensitivity).  I also try to have a bottle of hand sanitizer.  Again, better safe than sorry. There are several thrift stores around the Portland area, however I have found the follow stores to be excellent in finding items in good condition. -Milanros Boutique -, 5429 NE 30th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211. Phone: 503-493-4141 -Beanstalk Resale -, 3527 NE 15th Ave., Portland, OR 97212. Phone: 503-477-7776 -Hoot-n-Annie - 7850 SW Barbur Blvd, Suite C, Portland, OR 97219. Phone: 503-548-HOOT (4668) -Button Consignment -, 6517 N Interstate Ave., Portland, OR 97217. Phone: (503) 724-9922 -Goodwill Outlet, aka 'The Bins' - There are two good ones in the area, one is in Milwaukie (1740 SE Ochoco St., Milwaukie, OR 97222) and the other is in Aloha (2920 SW 234th Ave., Hillsboro, OR, 97123) Another thing that is important to parents -- sewing.  Sewing can save you hundreds of dollars.  Not only in making clothing, but in repairing, altering, and deconstructing clothes.  I can't tell you how many pairs of pants and/or jeans I have transformed into shorts for the summer time.  Or how many pairs of holey socks I have turned into wristlets.  All it takes is some creativity, needle, and thread.  If making clothes is your thing, Fabric Depot is my favorite place to get great fabric.  Sometimes you can find nice fabric at a thrift store.  See how we came full circle there, nice right?  Seriously, even if you just have a few different sized needles and thread in basic colors you can repair or alter items.  Which can save you lots of headache in the future. At the very least, own an iron and ironing board.  Iron-on patches can come in handy too.  There is also no-sew stitch bond that can help with the transformations if you do not have a sewing machine. BlogTail_EjiriaWalker