Stretching the $$!

You truly do not have to break the bank to dress children like you won the lottery!  Plenty of other people are willing to spend the big bucks on clothing, toys, books, and more.  So why not take advantage of the bargains that exist on barely-used items for YOUR little ones!

This is the result of my recent "haul."  I visited our local thrift store and spent approximately $6 on baby clothing.  One toddler dress said "as is" for 50 cents.  It was missing a button and two of the button holes were frayed.  I sew... and I have hundreds of spare buttons, so this was a no-brainer.  The little dress is adorable, and I plan to make pants to match from an old ladies t-shirt I purchased for $1, so this outfit will be wearable for more seasons.

Then I saw an ad in the local paper for a garage sale at a location I recognized as one I've visited before and gotten great deals on nearly new, very clean baby/toddler items.  So I hopped in the car and headed down for a look.  $22.75 later, I had newborn clothes with original tags, toddler items for both boys and girls, baby bibs, a hooded bath towel, and five terrific books - three of which need new batteries to make them "talk" and provide hours of fun for my little ones.

I always wash everything, regardless of where it is purchased, so I soaked a few of the items that had some stubborn stains (bibs, mostly), and they look as good as new.  Then I washed everything and laid it out for a "group photo."  Yes, I'm a proud "momma!"  Here's a look at what I got for less than $30.  It includes:
  • 5 books
  • 7 baby bibs
  • 7 boys shirts
  • 3 baby onesies or one-piece footed sleepers
  • 1 two-piece 0-3 month set (shirt and pants, new with tags)
  • 1 plain white t-shirt with snaps at the shoulder - 0-3 months
  • 1 hooded bath towel
  • 2 baby dresses
  • 1 baby skirt
  • 3 baby girl sunsuit/rompers
  • 3 baby girl shirts
  • 5 baby girl shorts/pants

The "loot!"  See what $30 can buy?!

Close-up of some of the cute newborn items.
Close-up of toddler boys' shirts and some of the baby girl items.
Cute baby girl items.  Sunflower dress now has new buttons
and refurbished button holes!  Yellow pants to match will follow!

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