Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pretty dresses for little girls

The people who lived here before us used to have a children's clothes store, aimed mostly at religious Jews I think. They had plenty of merchandise left when they moved, and told us we can have it all. We got some really good finds - we have them to thank for our stock of lovely baby blankets, for instance.

There were also some very pretty dresses for little girls. We have most of them sealed in two large cardboard boxes and plan to donate them to a local second-hand store - there are several of each variety so it wouldn't make sense to keep them all, as well as dresses for girls aged 12-14, which we would have to keep for another 10 years or so!

I'm sure the people at the second-hand store will be thrilled to receive the clothes - they are in excellent condition, brand new in fact, and mostly still in their packaging and with price tags on them. They are of excellent quality, too.

We have, however, saved a box for ourselves as well, for dresses which can be used by Shira in a year or two. Aren't they pretty? I love old-fashioned flowery patterns, much better-looking than what I usually see in the children's clothes department. They look so pretty and feminine, and I look forward to seeing Shira wearing them.

31 comments:

Deborah said...

Those dresses are so cute! I'm sure the workers at the second-hand shop, and their customers, will be grateful for your donation.

Persuaded said...

Oh my... those dresses are the dearest little things!

And as a mother of some all grown up girls may I offer you just a smidge of advice? You might want to hang onto some of those larger sized dresses after all. I know it seems like an awfully long time before Shira will be big enough to wear them, but that time will fly by before you know it. You might find yourself wishing you had held onto at least one or two garments in each size. Especially since these aren't the sorts of things that will go out of style.... just a thought;)

blessings to you, my dear♥

Hope said...

I would definitely start putting Shira into dresses sooner rather than later (if you haven't already). My brother and his wife didn't put a dress on their daughter until her first birthday, and she hated it. She's used to it now, but I think if they had started earlier she would have seen it as normal.

They're gorgeous little dresses!

Geniève said...

Oh they are so pretty and feminine. What a blessing to have these for free! :)

Sheri said...

What precious dresses Anna!

Sheri said...

And, I hope you have a very blessed and happy Rosh Hashana! We are looking forward to celebrating as a family this weekend too. So, so, so much to learn, but loving reading/studying more about the Biblical feasts and Jewish celebrations! *Hugs to you dear friend!*

Marianne said...

They really are lovely!

Anonymous said...

They're lovely, Anna....& Shira will look adorable in them. How fortunate that you fell heir to these clothes. I remember the gratitude I felt when friends would give us bags of outgrown clothing, shoes, & toys from their children. Honestly, it was a godsend!

Brenda

Anonymous said...

I love that style of dress for my daughter. LOL, I know I would attempt to keep the bigger sizes even if I had to store them for 10 more years.

Walters Inc said...

How beautiful! I love the first one on the left. Enjoy

Jennifer said...

I agree with Persuaded and Hope. My eldest is 8 1/2 years old and she wears a size 12-14 (sometimes a size 16 or a S ladies, depending on the cut of the garment). Dresses for her are very hard to come by, since we prefer the dresses to be at least 3/4 down the calf and to be full in the skirt. The ladies sizes do fit often enough, but they are usually to low cut (for womens sizes are for women who have more on top, if you know what I mean). And it does go by faster than you think. One box of multiple larger sizes really doesn't take up that much room.

And for what Hope said, I agree. We didn't put dresses on our eldest until after she started crawling and it was difficult for her to move around with the dress always getting in her way. She became very frustrated and often times tried to take off her dress herself. My second daughter, on the other hand, has always been in dresses since day one and she never had a problem crawling around in a dress. They were also the same dresses her sister wore. I do put jumpsuits on my daughters for those cold days or for sleep until they are about 6 - 9 months of age. After that, they are in dresses exclusively.

Those dresses are adorable! I'm happy for you that you have come across them so easily! If your culture is the same as ours around here, you have better luck seeing a blue moon as apposed to finding such a collection of beautiful girls dresses!

Jennifer D

Rachel said...

Oh, those are lovely! I especially like the pink wallpaper looking one to the right in the top picture. LOVELY!!!!

I agree with Mrs Persuaded (insert wave here)--I've got three girls in a row (now, 9,7, and 5), and they *do* grow fast, and you *will* wish you had some of those in larger sizes (especially if you are blessed with another girl, and want to take a picture with both of them in matching dresses...)....

I understand that storage is tight, but perhaps they sell those bags that they sell here in the US, where you can suck the air out with a vacuum, and the contents are compressed, and safe from bugs/moisture/etc as long as they are in that vacuum-enviroment? I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the product...but I can see the commercials in my head! LOL

Anyway, I'd consider holding on to at least one of each in a larger size....just a "btdt" from me...

Mary at Civilla's Cyber Cafe said...

Oh, those are beautiful. Shira will be in them before you know it.

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Cheers,
Miriam

Anonymous said...

Beautiful dress...take me back to when my girls were little. G-d bless you.

Bailey said...

Oh my goodness! Those are gorgeous little dresses! I especially love the pink jumper. :)

Rightthinker-Andrea said...

Beautiful finds! I, too, would love to have these on my daughters. Old fashioned and classic dresses are a hard to find treasure. Those of us who are not excellent seamstresses (um..me) aren't so good at recreating them!

My girls wear modest non-dresses play clothes, but are found most often in dresses and skirts. It's a challenge to find anything "throw back", as most are modern style. We avoid anything with words and anything revealing. Anyway, I truly appreciate this post as I relate!

God Bless you.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick question though....what if you have more than one girl at a time? Also, sizing isn't always correct. My four year old wears sizes for five and six year olds and older all the time. Your daughter may wear these things much sooner than you think and many things may fit her in the top before the bottom and can be easily taken up in a hem.

Just wanted to add that before you donate things...they are just beautiful! What a blessings !

Many Blessings :)
Ace

Anna said...

Ditto what Hope said. I never wore dresses when I was little. A few years ago I started wanting to (to be more ladylike/feminine) and it was really hard. I still feel a little 'weird' when wearing dresses, even though I love them so much.

The ones you have are so pretty!

Lena said...

I have three little girls, and they all love wearing dresses... as well as wearing hats, crowns, flowers in their hair, and mommy's shoes...:) Its fun to have little girls.

FiveGreers said...

Little girls and frilly things- an experience I have yet to know, since I only have boys! Maybe there's a grand-daugther in my future. If so, I hope she gets to wear something as cute as these "girly" dresses! Nice post!

Linda said...

.... wow! Now THAT's a real blessing, just being given all those lovely dresses ;)

They look stunning!

Greetings from the netherlands!

Toni Styles said...

So very pretty and lady like, these are just perfect for little girls :)

Gombojav Tribe said...

Happy New Year, Anna! Sending you some virtual apples and honey! :-)

Coffee Catholic said...

Those are gorgeous dresses!

Coffee Catholic said...

P.S. I second the idea that you should keep some of the larger size dresses!

If you store them well and then wash them later with a delicate laundry detergent (the kind that is made specifically for delicate clothes) the fabric will be "rehydrated" and as good as new!

Coffee Catholic said...

"My brother and his wife didn't put a dress on their daughter until her first birthday, and she hated it. She's used to it now, but I think if they had started earlier she would have seen it as normal."

That's a hard call though because babies don't do well crawling in dresses. Ever since Elspeth started crawling I've put her dresses away ~ all she does is trip inside of the dress and fall on her little face. Once she starts walking it'll be back to dresses! :-)

Karen said...

You'd be surprised how quickly she will grow into them! I'm always shocked at how fast my daughters grow! Those are lovely.

I've been away a long while, I missed reading your blogs. Hopefully soon I will have a chance to catch up some more. :)

ananya said...

really very pretty dresses!Really pretty dresses for pretty ones.

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. Ever since Elspeth started crawling I've put her dresses away

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