Sometime around middle school, I learned what Calvin Klein was. Calvin Klein jeans were what Jenny Merica wore. Everyone loved Jenny Merica. Therefore, I, too, needed Calvin Klein jeans. Never mind the fact that my mom was raising three kids on her own. Surely there was room in the budget for fancy denim, right?
Momma held her ground. I learned early on that no matter how much the drama, negotiating and whining escalated, that didn’t magically put more cash in our pockets. And if it did, she probably wouldn’t have spent it on jeans anyway, not when there was a Goodwill in town!
I chuckle to myself as my baby boy has already worn his first Calvin Klein outfit. My, how things have changed from back in middle school!
There’s a consignment store in Sterling, Three Lil Monkeys, next to my favorite sushi place, Otani. My friend, Laura (who was with me during my spill on the sidewalk), pointed me in this direction; and I’m glad she did. Can I just say how infinitely more gratifying it is to dress my son in a $4.50 Calvin Klein sleeper than to dress myself in in $70 Calvin Klein jeans?
And, why yes, that IS Bennett’s first Melissa and Doug toy that he’s studying! It’s a worm! And he loves it! EEEEEEEEE! All the little links swivel around to make it long and squiggly or small and round. Three Lil Monkeys carries both new and used of this brand and I’m literally giddy to 1) have a starting point to establish our collection and 2) support a local business!
A word about the sleeper: based on this year’s Superbowl commercial, Calvin Klein seems to know more about male models in underwear than dressing babies. Bennett’s sleeper says it’s for 0-3 months. Knowing that he’s already 3.5 months along, I trusted my instincts and brought it home anyway.
I thought so!
The boy is literally swimming in this thing. I had to bunch all the excess fabric in my palm just to take a decent picture!
I’d love to hear if you’ve ever scored big at a consignment shop or thrift store! (Like the story of my Dr. Pepper jacket or my Goodwill wedding dress!) Or have you ever regretted paying retail for a popular label?