When hand-me-down toddlerwear gives up the ghost

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Exhibit A

Here at Family Gammon & Chips, we’ve been so fortunate with the ‘hand-me-down’ clothes we’ve received for our kids.

From the time Gammon was a tiddly little mite, my lovely nutritionist friend Karen has regularly popped round for a quick cuppa laden with bin bags full of very smart boyswear passed on by her two boys.

And the ever-thoughtful Sarah from A Field Somewhere has at very regular intervals rolled down the hill with sacks as fat as christmas puddings and filled with gorgeous delights for Chips which used to belong to her two girls, Daisy and Hunny.

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Exhibit B

One of the things I was chuffed to discover when I became a mum was just how much ‘passing it on’ there is in the world of babies and kids.

This sort of lifestyle philosophy has always been a big part of my existence. Even as a young girl, I’ve always shopped at second hand shops, visited car boot sales (or garage sales as they’re called in Australia) and worn and passed on ‘hand-me-downs’.

I’m trying to teach my kids the ‘Reduce. Reuse. Recycle’ mantra, and ‘hand-me-downs’ are pretty much the epitome of the ‘reuse’ bit.

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Long sleeved polar bear top, 3-6 months (half price)

But eventually eternally handed-down ‘hand-me-downs’ will give up the ghost (see Exhibits A & B).

So, what’s a mum to do?

Well, if you get to a point where the ‘hand me down’ conveyor belt is slowing down (this often happens once kids start school, as school uniforms then become staple daily attire) and you do need to buy new to replenish your kids’ wardrobes, you’re best to stock up via a high-quality UK provider with ethical values where you know the clothes will last. That way, when your kids are done with them, they’ll still be in great nick to pass on down the line to other kids… and so on… and so on.

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Red knitted rabbit dress, newborn-6 months (now £12.50)

The John Lewis Babywear & Toddlerwear section of their website has lots of options for both boys and girls up to the age of 3, and they pretty much always have a few ‘reduced to clear’ items, such as this fab half price skiing polar bear long sleeved top (with hugely cute design on front and back) for £5 or this gorgeous red knitted rabbit dress for £12.50 (was £18).

Why not have a browse to see if there’s anything there for your littlens?

*Disclosure: This is a collaborated post.

3 thoughts on “When hand-me-down toddlerwear gives up the ghost

  1. Don’t worrry Maddie. The bags full of cothes dress will keep coming down the hill for Chips. Provided she’s happy to stay in tu-tus for the next 10 years she’ll be sorted.

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