A couple weeks ago, we decided to visit the thrift store as a family. This is always a fun outing for everyone, as we explore the “odds & ends” and various “treasures” hidden in the store! We like to go to what I call the “bulk store”- the thrift store where most things are sold by weight. (Everything is just randomly dumped into bins, and requires lots of digging/sorting to find what you like.)
I usually try to visit once or twice a year to stock up on kids’ clothes; buying for seasons ahead. (This was one of my tasks that I chose to tackle during my recent “productive weeks.”) This really helps stretch the budget!
As we dug through the bins, we unexpectedly found nice “like new” coats for all three of us; something Calvin & I have been needing for awhile (Gen just outgrew hers)! I also found a handful of cute shirt dresses for Gen (her favorite “uniform” for play, and easy for toileting trips!), along with a cartload of other items for now/later. I even found a few newborn clothing items with the original store tags still on, to use for the baby this summer!
During our search, I was shocked to discover an incredible find at the bottom of one of the bins: eighteen Bumkins diapers! Many of them are well-stained, so they’ll definitely be undergoing a good series of Biokleen/washing treatments.
We also each chose a “non-clothing” item for fun. Gen came home with a package of crayons (she goes through these quickly during her creative endeavors), and Calvin chose an old movie for date nights at home. I was on a search to find a pretty ceramic plate/saucer to use under a large candle in our bedroom (to replace the “classy” paper plate that was currently catching the wax drips!), and I found a nice little white one that will be just right.
We filled our shopping cart to overflowing, and took it to the cashier’s scale. The total cost?
What a blessing! We are so thankful that God has provided clothing for our children in this coming season, coats for all of us, and the incredible blessing of diapers (retailing at $22.95 apiece!), for just pennies per item.
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