I love hand-me-downs. Not only for my little one. For myself as well.
My mother recently gave me a lot of t-shirts and a couple of skirts. A friend offered me a couple of lovely blouses – she only asked for a more or less symbolic price because I insisted to pay. And several other friends gave me kids cloths. Some as a gift, some against payment.
Why do I love hand-me-downs and consider them a blessing?
1. Someone else does the shopping!
Usually I am not in a shopping mood. To be honest, sometimes I have fun to shop. But most of the time I don’t. I am just not a shopping kind of girl – never was. Therefore I am glad that I do not need to do the clothes hunt.
2. You get a present and a surprise!
Hand-me-downs are presents. Who doesn’t like to receive presents? Even if they come unwrapped and simply stuffed in a plastic bag! I am always exited to see what is in that bag! I love to sort through the things and to find nice combinations with clothes I already have.
3. Hand-me-downs keep me connected with the person who offered them!
Whenever I put on something handed down by someone, I think lovingly of the person that gave it to me. And I love that!
4. Most things were already loved and have a history!
That is not only true for clothes, but also for toys. Most of the toys we have for C. are from friends’ or neighbours’ kids. One mother for example gave me some lovely, but battered children’s books. She told me how her children loved these books. I can already see that C. is going to love them too!
The same is true for a toy that I would never have bought for C. I would never have imagined that it is little C.’s favorite toy.
Do you feel blessed by hand-me-downs?
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