What about hand me downs?

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What about hand me downs?
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Sun, 08-17-2008 - 6:57pm

(inspired by thread above and discussion on other forum)


What do you think about hand me down clothing?


Even though my first two are two years apart they were pretty much the same size by the time they started school so DD2 only had hand me downs for the first 4-5 years.

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Sun, 08-17-2008 - 7:16pm

Erica very seldom wore hand me downs from Joy beyond the baby years as she has a different coloring than Joy. Angela and Erica share the same skin color so Angela did wear hand me downs from Erica. But she did have veto power over the clothes. If she didn't like them, I gave them to the thrift store and made/bought her ones that she did like. Dylan has gotten hand me downs from his cousin in the past but now that he is 10 and his cousin in 13, not so much. Their body types are way too different. I have bought clothes for them at the thrift store (sorry for bringing that debate back up :) and Angela still likes to browse the thrift stores for finds. I also saved baby clothes to be handed down to the next baby and now to the next grandchild.

Chris

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Sun, 08-17-2008 - 7:17pm

My daughter got some hand-me-downs from my dh's cousin BUT since they were 5 years apart, many of the things were just not in style and most of the clothes were trendy. Other than that, all her clothes were brand new.


My son gets some hand-me-downs from my neighbor/friend and all of her things are in great shape. Other than those few things, all of his clothes have been brand new too.

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Sun, 08-17-2008 - 7:20pm

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Sun, 08-17-2008 - 7:36pm
I was fine with hand-me-downs but always bought new socks, undies and shoes. John was never put out at the thought of hand-me-downs.

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Sun, 08-17-2008 - 7:43pm

We do lots of hand-me-downs around here, but like PP, no one HAS to wear something simply because we have it. My #4 absolutely refuses to wear anything but dresses (a sensory thing, not a style thing) so I have to give away a lot of #3's clothes.

In fact, I just spent the entire day going thru clothes and boxing up things to save and bagging up things to take to Goodwill. It's an all day chore with 5 kids!

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Sun, 08-17-2008 - 8:09pm

My kids don't mind them.

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Sun, 08-17-2008 - 8:14pm

I forgot to add....


Like everyone else has already posted, the kids can *veto* anything....I never force them to wear clothes that they don't like, for whatever reason.


As babies, we didn't do much for hmd's either.

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Ducky

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Mon, 08-18-2008 - 9:46am

I think HMDs are fine, although I too would not put dd in used shoes or underwear. We never had many though since dd is an only, and her only girl cousins are born the same week as she. Most of the HMDs she ended up with were dresses that my mother wore as a kid and saved for her grandkids. There were also a few things that I or my brothers wore as kids.

PS: I love thrift stores. The ones in upscale areas often have especially good finds. I also used to buy men's shirts in thrift stores for a buck a piece. Some were nice enough to wear, others I made into quilts.




Edited 8/18/2008 9:50 am ET by sild
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Mon, 08-18-2008 - 10:13am
My boys have very different body types and DS#! is incredibly hard on clothes, so there aren't a lot of clothes that get handed down from DS#1 to DS#2. When they were smaller, I bought a lot of their stuff second-hand. Now, not so much. The older one is getting pretty picky about what he will and will not wear, and the younger one is hard to fit.
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Mon, 08-18-2008 - 11:33am

I don't have a problem with hand me down clothing.

PumpkinAngel

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