I keep a running eye on where Elle is relative to clothes. We've been blessed with a healthy stream of hand-me-downs to date, and while I need to purchase things to supplement (socks and warm-weather pajamas, mainly, along with special occasion clothes. And shoes), I've been able to largely get by on gifts and hand-me-downs. We are very lucky, and I pass things on to a friend with a daughter nine months younger than Elle, so we continue the circle.
Elle's solidly in a 2T right now, and has an insane number of summer
shirts, shorts, and dresses just waiting to be worn. I also found a decent store of warm 2T clothing that will be good for this fall. She's a
little limited on the transitional stuff (i.e. long-sleeved
t-shirts to get her through to the really hot weather), but I don't have
a problem with it; she doesn't mind wearing the same shirt every couple of weeks.
In looking through my boxes (piled in the back of my rec room-- we're
classy like that) I realized that I have very little 3T stuff. She's
long, so she's been moving up into the next size midyear-- which may or
may not continue. Who knows? What I did know is that she has only a
small amount of 3T clothing waiting for her.
Now, that's not a huge deal. I can certainly go out and buy a stock
of toddler clothes-- leggings, shirts, etc. I shop the sales, get my discount coupons. But I was starting to think
in the back of my mind that I needed to plan for this, and maybe keep an
eye open for clearance items, etc. It's just something I wanted to
make sure I budgeted for.
Then I got an email from a friend today, who has a friend in another
state who has what appears (from the picture) to be a half-ton of 3T
clothes, all fairly neutral in terms of season. She's bringing them
back to me after her visit there over the Memorial Day holiday. This
friend of a friend is thrilled someone can use the clothes.
Isn't it funny how the universe, somehow, provides?