Clothing Budgets and How to Maintain a Small One
By Ejiria Walker, PQ Monthly
Being a mother to an ever growing nine year old, I understandÂ the yearly budget needed for new/newer clothing for your children. Â I feelÂ like I am buying clothing on a monthly basis. Whether it's shoes, jeans,Â cleats, or shirts, I am constantly buying items for my son. Â And just whenÂ you think it's going to be a good 6-8 months before you buy something,Â NOPE! You gotta buy some pajamas and slippers. It's never ending! ButÂ luckily, someone invented thrift shops and consignment stores. The first thing I do when I decide to go thrift shopping is bring a coupleÂ pairs of gloves. Â Because let's face it, I don't want to grab a dirty pairÂ underwear with my bare hands that was shoved in between two items. Â NOÂ THANK YOU! They don't need to be heavy duty, but I have the nitrile orÂ vinyl gloves (I would stay away from latex since someone near you at theÂ store could have a latex sensitivity). Â I also try to have a bottle ofÂ hand sanitizer. Â Again, better safe than sorry. There are several thrift stores around the Portland area, however I haveÂ found the follow stores to be excellent in finding items in goodÂ condition. -Milanros Boutique -Â http://milagrosboutique.com/, 5429 NE 30th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211. Phone: 503-493-4141 -Beanstalk Resale -Â http://www.beanstalkpdx.com, 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 -Â http://www.buttonpdx.com/, 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. Â Sewing can save youÂ hundreds of dollars. Â Not only in making clothing, but in repairing,Â altering, and deconstructing clothes. Â I can't tell you how many pairs of pants and/or jeans I have transformed into shorts for the summer time. Â OrÂ how many pairs of holey socks I have turned into wristlets. Â All it takesÂ is some creativity, needle, and thread. Â If making clothes is your thing,Â Fabric Depot is my favorite place to get great fabric. Â Sometimes you canÂ find nice fabric at a thrift store. Â See how we came full circle there,Â nice right? Â Seriously, even if you just have a few different sizedÂ needles and thread in basic colors you can repair or alter items. Â WhichÂ can save you lots of headache in the future. At the very least, own an iron and ironing board. Â Iron-on patches canÂ come in handy too. Â There is also no-sew stitch bond that can help withÂ the transformations if you do not have a sewing machine.