Jess says I’m in need of intervention. Let me explain.
I love buying clothes. For Porter. Long ago, I loved buying for myself, but with the extra flab around the middle, the wider hips and more than bubbly butt, clothing choices for myself are drab.
I’d like to say I’m a "Quantity over Quality" buyer, meaning… I shop garage sales and resale shops for Gap and Old Navy clothing, and ‘trendy’ look alikes that are cheaper than buying $20 shirts brand new. I guess my view on it is, "Hey, if its only $3, why not?"
Well, a few weeks ago I was chatting with Leslie about a recent trip to the resale shop in Ann Arbor. And I mentioned, as I hauled in a huge shopping bag into her house, that Porter now had FIVE winter coats and numerous hats to match each of them and I needed H.E.L.P. deciding which ones to keep.
I shall explain.
Coat #1. Nautica, Navy blue with a horrid yellow and white stripe somewhere on it… the side? The arm? Anyway, bought for $10 at a garage sale. Cute coat, cute style, but way too big for Porter. Not to mention I can’t find a hat to match the bright yellow.
So, I went to venture for a more "casual" coat.
Enter Coat #2 from Children’s Place. Paid $19.99 for it and I figured that while it isn’t a coat to play in the snow in, it’d be perfect for daily use. I also picked up a cute hat at Old Navy to go with it as well as a cute $4 hat at Children’s Place (primarily to use in some pictures b/c its so cute).
Well, a few days later I went to the resale shop and found another Children’s Place coat EXACTLY like the one I had just bought, only it was navy blue and only $8. I planned to return the tan one. I also found a plain navy blue winter jacket ($6) that I liked (that would match the "cute" striped hat I bought at CP for pictures… so, why not get a coat to match it and he could wear the hat more often??) as well as a green Old Navy jacket that would be great for snow use ($14). I couldn’t decide. My head was saying "Green O.N. Jacket! It’d be his snow jacket! He’d have the Navy CP jacket (casual) and then this one for the snow!" But then I kept thinking… but SIX DOLLARS for that other navy blue coat! SIX DOLLARS!
I bought all three of them. And another hat. (since then, I’ve also purchased another hat… GAHHH!!)
Back to chatting with Leslie…
I was telling her that I have issues. I love LOVE LOVE buying Porter clothes, and I feel like I can justify it because they are SO STINKING CHEAP! His closet is stuffed FULL with shirts, his drawers are stuffed full with shorts and pants. I estimated…. "I swear, Les, I bet he has about 40 shirts in his closet." (her jaw dropped)
Later that night I was putting away some of Porter’s laundry. I decided to count his shirts.
I hesitate to write the number. Please let me add… this is short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, button up shirts, sweatshirts…. all in this number… this… one….. tiny….. number…..
SEVENTY EFFING SHIRTS in my kids closet.
(this photo was taken back in February… however, it still looks very much the same)
What kid needs THAT MANY shirts? I have issues. I seriously have issues. I’ve never really put a number to it, but I’ve always known his closet was very…. well stocked.
I just have a hard time passing up shirts for $2 on clearance at Target, or cute Gap polos for $4.99, or consignment shop deals for $2 and $3. I mean, WHY NOT? (then again… those 70 shirts times, ohh… say an average of $3 each… $210!!! yikes!!)
I am now on a clothes-buying hiatus. I will NOT look at the clothes at Target. I will NOT step into the children’s side of Gap. I will NOT head to the consignment shop. Maybe. And, well, even if I do, I will muster all the self control I can get and not walk out with anything. Unless, of course, I find something super cute for a couple bucks….
Ahh… I’m hopeless.
So, tell me, what is YOUR purchasing weakness? What can you not pass up when you see it in a store? And, further more… how many shirts do your kids have? Please tell me I’m not alone…...