A post from Kelli–
As a new mom, I have found that the best way to stretch the dollars after having a baby is to be okay with getting or finding things used, recycled, or handed down. I honestly think that I have bought a few outfits (mostly newborn clothes) brand new, but that is really about it. Once I was pregnant, I started looking for stuff and so has mom and Jason’s mom too! I’ve also been super fortunate to have been on the receiving end of lots of baby clothes and equipment!
While perusing the isles at the our thrift store recently, I found this and it took me back to my childhood days!
The JC Penny’s Seasonal Catalog! It was mine and my sister Kayla’s favorite thing in the world growing up!
This was seriously the highlight of our 2nd and 3rd grade lives! Mom would bring it home and we would lay on the floor for hours and hours, just looking at the pages…and the outfits…and the toys…and the luggage….and the EVERYTHING!
Our favorite game to play was to pick a 2 page spread and we had to pick our favorite thing on the 2 page spread. If it was business clothes, pretty soon we would have stories about how we were going to grow up and need suits and we picked out which ones we were going to wear.
If it was toys, we looked and decided which one we would want. Often times with dolls or sets of something, we would decided which one we would get and then which set would be the best set to go with the original item. In theory we were perfectly fine with sharing so that we could attempt to get mom to buy it for us….in real life though, that was a completely different story.
If it was luggage, we would pick out the perfect set and end up creating stories about how we were going to travel the world. As an adult, I’m not to the point that I do best with a over the shoulder bag because I rarely go any further than mom’s. The stories were literally never ending and got more and more elaborate every time we turned the page!
This is one of those things that I’m kind of sad has been replaced by technology. We seriously had just the best time in the world with that old catalog. It also made me giggle and realize that it really is the small stuff….or maybe just a big catalog….that made us the happiest!