Friday, May 4, 2012

Brings back memories

I signed on to do another consignment sale. I did pretty well at the spring sale- my take was just over $350. Some of it was recent outgrown items, more of it was smaller sizes I've been storing for the daughter I dream of bringing home. But there is just so much. I had really well dressed girlies! I am whittling down the "save" bins to just my absolute favorites and slowly selling off the rest.

 The sale I have the most success at just added a summer sale. So decided to try to sell what didn't go at the spring sale and I had a lot more after the girls did the closet change over and added a lot to the "it still fits by my tastes have changed since last year" pile. I also found a bin in the garage of what didn't sell at last year's sale. I have to have all the items entered into the computer by tomorrow night. Nothing like the last minute.

Going through the clothes is bringing up a lot of memories. What is bittersweet about this process is that beside my sale bin are two large bags that will go into school with me. I have been outfitting a little girl in my class this year. At least 75% of her wardrobe are items I have given her, usually a few outfits at a time. The rest of her clothes are old, stained 2T dresses she wears as tops, or other ill fitting garments. She and her family are refugees from Africa- and she has become my little buddy this year. Oh how I'll miss her next year when she goes off to kindergarten! And I worry about what she'll wear, and what elementary kids who are not as innocent will say to her. So I have a few big bags of clothes that are too big now, but should be fine by the fall/winter. I have Piper's old winter coat for her for the winter (she wore Teagan's old coat this year). I hope I can take a piece of the burden of buying clothes off her family. She is one of five kids.

As I dig through the summer stuff to sell, I look at items through a different lens- is it worth the $2 profit I'll make if it sells, or would Nelia like it? I find the pink top and leggings Piper wore on the first day of preschool when she was 3 1/2. Nelia looks beautiful in pink and she's tiny so it should fit. Into her bag it goes. I secretly hope she wears it soon. I get such pleasure of seeing her wearing my girlies old favorites. I put in a pair of pajamas, but then think better and take it out. Her mom has not understood pajamas in the past and sent her to school in nightgowns as dresses. She pulled it off OK, but the fitted style of a pj top and shorts would not be good at school. Better be safe and not include it.

Oh the ice cream set! I loved Teagan in this. I imagine Nelia pretending to eat the ice cream cones off the shirt just like Teaggie did. Into the bag. Smile.
Hard to believe how big the girls have gotten. I'm glad that another sweet girlie will make memories in some well loved clothes.


1 comment:

  1. Oh my heart hurts for yours and is glad too all at the same time! I had to part with my bin-of-memories this fall ... and it brought tears ... and smiles too. Many new things or barely used things went to New Day or a friend at church. And now to see her little guy running through the chairs I always do a double take thinking it is one of mine (sigh!) There is something so blessed and special about the clothes that our children wear. I'm SO SO SO glad that you are able to bless that little girl and her family with so many of these beautiful outfits. I'm sure it hurts a bit to let them go ... but I am convinced that God will make them into love-pains as He grows your heart from it! Love that you are grinning on the inside! And just think of all the NEW outfits you can look forward to buying when it's time for your dream come true!
    Hugs to you!!--Valerie