Gracie-guts has just one – one – pair of pants that fit her. (Well, other than her school uniform clothes). I tried swinging by Target with my picky shopper on Saturday, and we did find a few things, but jeans were $30 and not exactly on sale. I refuse to pay more than $20 for a kid who may not fit in them come the spring. And, really, I don’t even know what size she’ll fit into – SheWithHips can no longer fit into one true size. The days of shopping off the rack have long past.
So, Sunday we loaded up the car and drove out to the outlet mall. Jeff took the littler kids to the arcade and Gracie and I tried to squeeze in as much shopping as we could.
As you can see, we did pretty well. Gracie might be the pickiest shopper I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with, but her favorite store was 60% off and shirts were buy 1, get 2 free. So we did all right. We only hit up a few stores – Aeropostle, Old Navy, the chocolate store we accidentally fell into – and then Gracie asked to step into Justice. Now, last year we got away with some of the largest sizes at Children’s Place, and Justice, and Crazy 8. This year Baby Girl is wearing women’s sizes, so not so much. I think she remembered that Justice is good at carrying larger sizes so their
nauseating kid-chic styles can be worn by more than just those who are tiny. She spent quite a bit of time scouring the extras and the jewelry, and I picked up a purse and a bunch of jewelry for Bee on super-clearance, but there was definitely an “a-ha” moment for her where she realized she had outgrown the clothing line. (Uh, except for a long brown and cream duster sweater that we picked up for $10.)
What else did we get? A brush (that she didn’t really need so she’s paying me back from her allowance), 4 pair of gloves, a hat and glove set, 4 pair of boot socks (don’t look at those too closely, Kim), 6 pair of no-show socks, 5 pair of jeans, 2 flannels, 3 long sleeve shirts, 1 short sleeve shirt, sweatpants, 3 pairs of leggings ($4 each!), a short sleeve tennis shirt, a long sleeve tennis shirt, a workout jacket for tennis, a duster sweater, a hoodie, 2 pair of tennis pants, fleece pajama pants, a dress, and a pair of church pants. Plus the jewelry and purse for Bee, and a winter coat for Gracie. All for $400. I win! It’s a fortune to pay up front, but considering that Gracie had no clothes…
She gets to keep two pair of pants and two of the long sleeve shirts, and the long sleeve tennis shirt – everything else is for Christmas. Because that’s how you roll when you have a picky shopper you can’t surprise with a new wardrobe under the tree.