Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Dress-Ups in Hand Downs

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Dress-Ups in Hand Downs

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Vani Naidoo

Making clothes last

Follow the washing instructions on the label. Before tossing the clothes into the machine separate dark colours from light. Pre-treat stains and repair any holes. Empty all pockets and close zippers.

Line drying items will extend their lifespan.

If you are lucky enough to keep clothes for more than one season, launder them before packing them away. Use plastic containers instead of cardboard boxes for storage.

Get your kids to change into "play clothes" when they come home from school. These are older clothes that you don't mind getting stained.

If long-sleeved t-shirts become stained or worn use them for layering.

IN MY house there is always a feeling of incredulity at how quickly our little ones outgrow their clothes. No sooner have you outfitted them for the season then along comes that growth spurt and suddenly those jeans you thought would carry them through winter will not be seeing the back of next week.

Buying clothing for children can be a time-consuming and expensive exercise, with the costs escalating as they grow up and become more fashion conscious. Sometimes it's difficult to believe that stores can justify selling adult and kids' clothes at the same price, but such is the workings of economics and necessity that you are left between a rock and a hard place.

Perhaps the best general advice out there is to buy the best quality you can within your budget, teach your child to take good care of what they wear and resell clothing in good condition to recoup losses.

Shop the sales

Of course swimmers may be the last thing you want to look at as the weather turns cold but this is exactly the right time to buy them.

You can get clothes in the end-of-season sales for a fraction of the cost, which means you can save a bundle on next summer's necessities provided you are willing to sort through those huge sale piles.

This is also a good time to peep into the more expensive stores. Sales there can see you pay $10 to $20 for an excellent quality item that is usually eight times that price.

At Pumpkin Patch for example, girls tops that retailed at $29. …

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