Today we started dealing with our clothes.
This is really quite a task that will task some time in the long run, but today I forced my older 2 kids to deal with what was in their room. First, they went through everything they had: they had to neatly fold and put back all of the clothes that fit them that they would definitely wear, and the rest got sorted. Some will go into a donation bin, some will be passed onto friends that can use them, and the rest will go to a consignment shop. I certainly am not out to make money off of my kids old clothes (even though that sounds nice), but some of the really nice stuff could be recirculated in the community and I have a friend who owns a kids consignment shop so I love the idea of supporting her and her local business.
And while I was at it, I grabbed our nice wooden dollhouse that we've had forever and took that along to resell. That is one thing that I would really like to see someone pick up and continue to love - I remember years ago when my daughter was little and I was playing around with the single mom status and money was so super tight - I really splurged to buy her the doll house and (slowly) furniture and dolls to go with it. But now she is too big for it and my youngest rarely plays with it so I really want to see it find a good home.
(If you looking for a wooden dollhouse, stop by and buy it in the Great Barrington location...)
Anyhow, after dropping all of that off, we headed to the Purple Barn for some second hand clothes buying... in the spirit of back to school shopping.
Not only did we score some great stuff, we did it without spending more that $30. Check out the loot:
I am really loving second hand shopping, it's becoming very satisfying and we can almost always find whatever we need without contributing to the over consumption of purchasing new products. It's the perfect solution really.
And then we came home and ate a snack.
This was some hummus that I made from scratch and some yogurt dill dip that I concocted from the batch of yogurt that I made yesterday, served with some fresh local veggies.
See, last night I sort of rescued someone's dog and today they delivered a bottle of wine to the co-op for me - and I was super please that it was local... like they knew me or something.
The dog story is no biggie - somehow a standard poodle puppy ended up in our store and I took care of it until I could I deliver it to the police station in some crazy downpour thunder storm. It just so happened that when I was at the police station, the owner of the dog showed up hoping that someone had reported their dog... she was so happy to know that her dog was in my car.
It is so nice when things fall in place like that. And considering the day that I had struggled through yesterday, it certainly felt good to make someone happy like that.
And if you are out there, owner of Roxy the poodle - thank you so much for the wine. It totally hit the spot.