About two months ago one of my Mom’s childhood friends was getting rid of a storage space full of vintage clothing! We met up and really I thought that maybe I’d find a couple cool kids outfits, but most likely nothing for me… I mean what are the odds they’d be in my size?! Well, I came out with a ton! It took me two hours to go through everything and I was not taking my time! I was making quick snap decisions over bags and boxes of vintage goodies! AND her Mom happened to be my size, so I even found amazing vintage dresses that fit me perfectly!
Personally, I like to shop at the end of a season for the next year so that I can grab all my favorite styles majorly discounted. When I first had Anabelle, I wasn’t sure if her sizes would be predictable so I avoided doing this for her, but by now I know better. This fall I have not only been preparing for the cooler weather, but I also stocked up on adorable items for next Spring. Then I stumbled on these vintage goodies. In order to keep things easy each season, I developed my own little system of planning ahead!
Every time a season comes to an end, I buy a clear plastic bin, load it with all the clothes, shoes, accessories, and sometimes leftover diapers out of Anabelle’s dresser and closet that no longer fit, label the box with a permanent marker, and then store in our basement. Each size or season gets a new box. So far we have three, I’m about to pull out our fourth. The plastic is perfect in case of any water leaks.
When I all of the sudden was generously given a huge load of clothes for the future, I knew immediately I wanted the same system, it’d just be a little rough. As I folded the cleaned clothes, I started dividing them into their estimated sizes. After a many loads of laundry, I came out with four stacks: Small, Medium, Large, and Teen. They are kind of broad categories covering several years worth of sizes, but it was too unpredictable to narrow it down any more. I put them in four separate boxes. Every time a new season begins, I plan on going through the appropriate box and pulling out everything that fits. And then when I close the season out, I will have a new fresh box and will keep the vintage clothes mixed in with their appropriate sizes of modern day clothes.
I also bought these pieces of cedar wood and throw one in each box of clothing just to avoid possible problems…
And now for some of my favorite treasures! This is hardly even a fraction of the clothing, but these are a few of my favorites! My Mom’s friend didn’t just have a couple years worth of vintage, she had decades worth! From the 40′s through the 80′s to be specific. And the majority of it was still in shockingly good shape! (I also wore a couple pieces here and here)