I have learned in whatsoever state I am…

…to buy maternity clothes.

(This is not an announcement – I am not pregnant!)

I’m 5’9″, so pants only look right if I get them extra long. Thus, I’ve worn highwaters through all three of my pregnancies. I hate feeling frumpy when I’m pregnant. So, my new policy is to buy cute maternity clothes whenever I find them.

In the past I have put something I liked back on the rack ’cause I was no where near a need for elastic waist bands, and didn’t want to think about wearing maternity clothes. But now, having endured a third pregnancy in frumpyness and highwater pants, and I’m not gonna do that again.

Now, of course, I shop almost exclusively at thrift stores, and I’m not anywhere near average, meaning it’s only a few times a year that I actually find something that fits my criteria. So I don’t have a huge closet full of cute maternity clothes. No, but I do have a new pair of Black pinstripe, Extra long, Gap Maternity dress pants in stretch cotton for $1, thanks to the local hole-in-the-wall thrift store and my Company Policy.

(I repeat, this is not an announcement!)

What about you? Do you buy clothes out of season (summer clothes in winter) or maternity clothes even when you’re not pregnant? What’s your latest, greatest thrift store find?

8 responses to “I have learned in whatsoever state I am…”

  1. Catherine Avatar

    I'm looking for maternity clothes at the moment and was struggling a bit (I'm quite small and normally wear child sizes, so normal maternity clothes swamp me…) I did get a box of things off ebay that I'll be able to adjust, though, and just yeaterday I found two skirts at a market stall which have adjustable lace-up panels in the sides- fantastic idea, they fit now (at 4 months) and should still be ok at 9 months!

  2. Beth @ Living Simply Avatar

    Oh yes! I buy maternity clothes and out-of-season clothes when I find them at great deals! I've even snatched up a couple of maternity tops that were too small for me to pass along to a pregnant friend — such a great way to bless people (and I don't feel one bit hurt if its not their style and they pass it along to someone else!). I buy clothes for my kiddos seasons in advance, why not for myself too!

  3. Kateri Avatar

    I'm with you on having cupboards full of pottery by the time I die. ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my goals one of these days is to have my own kiln and learn to make my own.

  4. Rachel Avatar

    Haha! I buy maternity clothes when I'm not pregnant! I know what I like to wear when I'm pregnant and so if I find it, I'm gonna get it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Liv Avatar

    I recently found a “nearly new” pair of white American Eagle capris for about $3.50 and at Old Navy I found a jean skirt for $5. Also I bought a long sleeve for $4. If it is an excellent deal, then I'll buy clothes even if I'm in the opposite season.

  6. Trina Avatar

    oh, Belle, that is an amazing find! Did you keep it? Or sell it? Or give it to someone who could read cree? LOL

    Oh, yes, Kateri – pottery! I own 4 pieces of pottery – three gifts from friends who know me well. It is not enough – not until everything in my cupboard is pottery! LOL

    I have a growing collection of art from thrift stores. I'm gonna post about it soon – 'cause it's really kinda funny what I have framed in the name of art…

  7. Kateri Avatar

    It has been a while since I've been in a thrift store. When I lived in Ann Arbor, I went to them all the time. For some reason Jackson, where I work doesn't have any thrift stores. I didn't think such a thing was possible.

    My favorite thing to buy in thrift stores is hand made pottery. Most of my pottery came from Salvation army or Value World.

    I hate shopping for clothes, but did buy a lot of them from thrift stores in the past. Now I mostly look in the clearance section in Miejers and Tractor Supply. ๐Ÿ™‚

    (As far as clothes go–being a visiting nurse makes life easier, at least in the clothes department–I wear scrubs 95%, since there is hardly a day that I don't see at least one or two patients, even on my days off. I admit I do get sick of wearing them, but at least I don't have to think about making a fashion statement, which is something have no apptitude for at all!)

  8. Belle Avatar

    My greatest find was at a garage sale. I found a Bible that was published in 1861. It was written in a strange language. It took me hours, but I found out it was Cree Native American.
    It was published by the British and Foreign Bible Society. They distributed them to the Cree Nation.

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