The March sun reaches down to warm the earth as seedlings peek out and buds stretch from silent trees. The clothesline is full - ghostly shapes swaying in a gust of wind. The backyard bushes, heavy with berries, undulate as finches, sparrows and robins flutter in for lunch. I finally give up on my reminders to wear shoes outside as a battalion of mismatched sandals and sneakers gather in the hallway. The screen door is in a perpetual state of open and flies saunter in to peruse the produce.
It is spring!
Time to pack away the bulky sweaters that overcrowd our dresser drawers. Haul the unused ski clothes - we never made it to the snow this year and it's too late now - back into the attic. I find room for winter coats and rain boots in the back of the closet. Once the cold weather apparel has made its exit, however, it becomes quite apparent that the boys grew a whole bunch since last fall. Their ankles jut out of the pant legs and their shirts stretch tightly across their shoulders. The little guy can inherit his brother's clothes for the most part but, truth be told, my kids need some spring clothes.
So off to Target I go to drop a hundred bucks and then I'll swing by Nordie's and maybe the Gap to complete my kids' spring wardrobe. Gotcha! I don't need to hit the pricey stores for some hip new threads. I'll simply visit my two favorite thrift stores which overflow with like new stylish clothes for the boys and, yes, yours truly.
We avoid clothes with characters on them as well as those with the brand name emblazoned across the chest. We pass on stuff that is stained beyond recognition or covered with school names the kids don't go to. From what's left, we seek out designs either boy likes (Come on! I still get the little guy a couple train or fire truck shirts even though he gets big brother's striped era hand me downs.) and fill a shopping cart full of pants, shirts, shorts, swim trucks, shoes and, heck yeah!, three pairs of brand new socks.
At home, we wash the new duds and tuck them away in the appropriate drawers. As I fold the clothes, I have to laugh at the trendy boutique brands splashed across the tags - Muliberribush, Boden, Tumbelweed, Flapadoodles, Merrel, the Gap.
So what are when you purchase a new wardrobe for under $40 and zero carbon emissions? Too cool for school, my friends. Too cool . . .