NO, this post is NOT about me. I may have a little extra self-regulation weight right now but I am NOT pregnant. However, my friend and colleague Kirsten is for the first time and we are all pretty excited for her little Babybel!! I always wish that I had discovered thrifting when I was pregnant. Thrifting maternity and postpartum clothes makes perfect sense – it’s a temporary condition, you’re constantly changing size and shape, and regular retail maternity clothes can be pricey.
Getting some nice maternity clothes is an essential part of the whole exciting journey and can make us feel better about all the changes happening beyond our control! So, naturally when Kirsten took me up on my offer to take her thrifting, I was thrilled!
Maternity wear varies across thrift stores, but most have at least some options.
Kirsten and I combed the maternity section first then headed to the “regular” racks. Though non-maternity pants and tops won’t work for most pregnant women, dresses, skirts, cardis and coats can work depending on the fit. And just like with “regular” thrifting, it is essential to try on pieces to ensure a good fit since, just like with “regular” clothes, the size on the label is virtually irrelevant. Kirsten patiently went through the stack while I rehung things and mused about how cute she looked and how sad I am that I won’t be around to snuggle her baby when he/she arrives… Here’s how it went down…
And here are some more “finishing layers” that Kirsten found out on the battle grounds! She ended up getting all but the first green jacket which was a bit big but I nonetheless wanted her to have it because I have the same jacket and wanted to be twinny.
LOVE the last green jacket which will make the perfect post-partum light jacket too!
Here are some of the no’s:
Now for the pieces already enjoying their new home with the new-to-be mom!
An important subject camp up while we were shopping: you DO NOT have to buy maternity clothes that you will wear after you have the baby. At thrifted prices, it’s easy to buy a few staples at each stage and size. The only rule is: wear it while it fits.
I did not photograph everything but all total, Kirsten got 12 pieces for just under $80!!! That’s a cost per piece average of about $6.67!!! That makes the thrift shop worth a look for maternity clothes, don’t you think?!!