After hitting the local tailgate market today in West Asheville (I was on a pie mission and Pies In Disguise did not disappoint), hubs and I swung by neighboring baby and child store The Littlest Birds. The loot above is what we scored. I'm telling you, kids consignment is where it's AT! Each garment above was only between $3-4 and in great condition. I sure hope Nugget likes the dark color palette his Papa and I are inclined towards, though...
As part of my mission to raise our child in as ecologically conscionable of a manner as possible, I've been drawn more and more to consignment lately (in addition to seeking out clothing made both in a sustainable manner-fair-trade, living-wage, etc.-and using all-natural materials, organics, especially). Asheville, fortunately, has both the above mentioned Littlest Birds, as well as The Children's Trading Post (two outposts, actually, which I've yet to visit). Not only can you find used clothing there, but also gently used equipment (strollers, high chairs, cribs, etc.), cloth diaper covers, books, maternity clothes (I'm totally busting out of my garments these days and my thread-a-hairband-through-the-button-and-enclosure-opening gig isn't really cutting the mustard anymore) and more. It's considerably less costly than buying new, which, when you're changing the little squirmers into new outfits all the time, sounds like an ideal arrangement to me!
Additionally, we're signed up for a newbie parenting class on July 17th at our favorite downtown eco home outpost, Nest. There we'll learn about cloth diapering, slings, and more. We're super excited. As complete novices to this whole parenting song and dance, we need all of the help with the learning curve we can get! We also picked up "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" this past weekend, which I've been pouring over. The birth stories have me completely enraptured and are working to assuage any concerns over home birth I might have (although, admittedly, labor is the part that causes me the least bit of anxiety with the whole having-a-baby jam; I just want him, and me, to remain healthy and happy for the duration and beyond-pain I can handle, as evidenced by my recent dental debacle).
Any tidbits and advice you might feel inclined to share are entirely welcome. As of today, I'm at 22 weeks, with 18 to go (due date is November 3d). We're in the final four months!