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Title: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: lwnottingham on June 10, 2010, 09:17:20 AM
Hi

Not sure if anyone has thought of this before, but in the aftertime and hardships to come has everyone thought about how to cloth their children??? As we all know they go through clothes and maybe more importantly shoes every few months or so. It will surely be impossible to just go down the shops and buy the next size up for a growing child.
Im currently planning to buy every kids size trainer/sneaker in one style up to maybe UK size 9 for my two children. Clothes are a bit easier to adapt i suppose but correct footwear is essential. A good/cheap footwear supplier is what I am now searching for.

Hope this helps

Leigh
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Dania22 on June 10, 2010, 09:43:20 AM
What I've been doing: Is going to the military surplus and purchasing from there, clothes for all various types of weather. I have a "cold" bin, and "hot" bin mark for the children. Insulated gloves, socks, thermal undergarments, military jacket, insulated boots, scarves.... things of that nature are put into the 'cold" bin. I buy several sizes larger for the children. I find that the quality of clothes found there are really good.

Into the hot bin goes very light material clothes that you can find at Walmart, Dollar Savings and your local Good Will. Under shirts, tank tops, shorts, undergarments, t-shirts, light socks, light sneakers, summer dresses, leggings...etc. You'll find lots of bargain that you wouldn't normally find under "different" circumstances. I have absolutely no idea what type of weather we will be facing. I think preparing for dual weather conditions, 'hot" or "cold" is of utmost importance, especially for our little ones.
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on July 29, 2010, 08:29:39 AM
Hello. This is a worthwhile Topic lwnottingham started, so let's continue the discussion. I feel that adequate clothing could be one of the most difficult issues in the Aftertime.

Posting here some outlets I find for used and new wholesale lots of clothing. (Other things as well.) I can
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Lori on July 29, 2010, 08:45:52 AM
We just had a brand spanking new Goodwill Store Open here in town,  I'm  going to start stocking up on cloths for all of us for all seasons.  I'm going to buy storage bags for the cloths.  You see them advertised on television a lot.  You know the ones that use vacuums to flatten out.  And I also plan on getting portable storage units to store the cloths.  Sometimes you will come across oil lanterns and other items that people don't use anymore such as camping stoves, tents, etc at Goodwill.  My daughter and I are going to see what they have tomorrow.

By the way we are still having Rolling Black outs.  This has never happened here before.  So I'm posting while i can.   
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on July 29, 2010, 09:03:16 AM
This is a more economical outlet, since it is specifically and only, used clothing.

Used Clothing Wholesale Home page http://usedclothingwholesale.com/home.php
 
Mayor Supplier of Bulk Used Clothing, Second Hand Clothes, Recycled Used Blue Jeans, Rummage, Rags, Worn Apparel and Garments for
Export to Africa, Latin America, Asia, Middle East, Europe and World Wide
ANY QUESTIONS ?

[Yowbarb Note: Below are randomly selected  sections of their ad, showing part of what
they offer.]

Baby & Children Clothing

Grade A Childrens & Baby Clothing $0.90 Lb

Everything for Babies, Boys and Girls .. All in Light Summer / Tropical Fabrics - All Grade A sizes 00/0 to size 12

Grade A Jeans for Childrens at only $2.00 Lb!!

"Yes, we sell Recycled / Used / Second Hand Jeans for Children's packed in Bales of 100 Lbs ... Specially Selected and Graded A Quality -
OUR TOP QUALITY."

Our Recycled Jeans are as follows:
All brands Mixed, brands such as Lee, Wrangler, Rustlers, Gitano, BounJouir, Chic, Arizona, Pepes, Britania, Gloria, Sergio Valente, C.K., Gap, Oscar de la Renta, Dockers, Sierra, West, etc., etc., over 20 assorted brands -Children Jeans from 00/0 to size 12 .. for Boys and Girls in approx 60% Blues and 40% Colors ... Top Quality

 [Yowbarb Note: WINTER CLOTHING BELOW] Same company, different page:
http://www.usedclothingwholesale.com/used_winter_clothing.html (http://www.usedclothingwholesale.com/used_winter_clothing.html)

Special Low Prices in Used Winter Clothing for the Whole Family as low as $0.16 per Lb
LOWEST PRICES IN A LONG TIME, GRADE A+B USED WINTER CLOTHES

Yowbarb Note in order to get the sixteen cents per pound you would need to purchase a huge amount, but I still feel it is possible to get a
good deal on say 1,000 to 2,000 pounds of clothing.
Details: "Buy 44,000 Lbs or More $0.16 Lb on a 40 ft High Cube Container."
"Buy 21,000 Lbs (20 ft Cont) $0.20 Lb." 

NOTE you can contact them about prices and offers. Say you wanted to buy a container full of mixed winter clothes of different sizes - about 1,000 pounds, I think it would be possible to get that for .60 or like that.  2,000 pounds, perhaps less.
I would say if someone is seriously trying to prepare for the future that they could buy a big stash of clothing and just bury it. I am thinking for about $600 a group could have some life saving cold weather clothing items.

They also sell bulk lots of used military clothing.  Something to think about. Next post will have more of what they sell. There are probably lots of outlets...not plugging any particular one.
All The Best,
Yowbarb

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 offers@usedclothingwholesale.com
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Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on July 29, 2010, 09:20:49 AM
We just had a brand spanking new Goodwill Store Open here in town,  I'm  going to start stocking up on cloths for all of us for all seasons.  I'm going to buy storage bags for the cloths.  You see them advertised on television a lot.  You know the ones that use vacuums to flatten out.  And I also plan on getting portable storage units to store the cloths.  Sometimes you will come across oil lanterns and other items that people don't use anymore such as camping stoves, tents, etc at Goodwill.  My daughter and I are going to see what they have tomorrow.

By the way we are still having Rolling Black outs.  This has never happened here before.  So I'm posting while i can.

Lori sorry to read about the power outtages... wonder what the news says about it...
Is it possible it is rolling brownouts designed to prevent outtages during the hottest time of day when the ACS are on ?

Like you mentioned: Goodwill and Salvation Army are good too.
As the years went by, on into the 1980s and 1990s in southern California - I noticed the people who worked at these places would take their
pick of stuff as it came in. Grabbing things (especially things like iron frying pans, blue jeans, decent shoes, large women's clothing and baby things.) As time went on I got a little discouraged about finding what I needed.

Well, I will be posting the outlets I find in this Topic, and maybe it will help some survival group,
in the next year - to buy a bulk lot or two of summer and winter things. Also baby stuff. It's kind of hard to fake it with baby clothes. Either you have them or you do not and the little newborn ones will need clothes that fit them.  Also pregnant women and large women will be suffering if they
do not have some clothes that fit them. Some jumbo sized men's clothes will be needed too.

What I would do if I could take the time is just wash and dry everything and repack and take to the survival location and bury it all in the steel containers and keep it for the aftertime... Distribute to group.
Something to barter with, at later times too.
Well it all costs money but it looks like a survival group could get a stash of clothing for less than a grand. Should probably spend more - but that would be something. One reason I say this is, each person may not be able to bring much in the way of clothing. Depending upon how rushed it is. There will inevitably be some late arrivals at any given survival shelter, and some will end up walking in with their mountain pack and not much else. Having had to leave their car somewhere along the way and trek the rest of the way in.
Granted, many groups will have their belongings stowed away in advance, in some underground containers.
Even with the best of intentions, someone will have practically nothing for the future. There will always be a need for clothing.  Stashes of warm blankets too.

All The Best,
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Mistah Ceza on January 25, 2011, 11:06:24 PM
The sportsmanguide.com has great stuff and prices! :)
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on January 26, 2011, 05:32:47 AM
The sportsmanguide.com has great stuff and prices! :)

That's good to know.
BTW here is a  live link for the clothing outlet I had posted, farther above.
Had to fix that, just now.  Used Clothing Wholesale Home page http://usedclothingwholesale.com/home.php

Back soon,
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on April 06, 2011, 06:18:16 PM
The sportsmanguide.com has great stuff and prices! :)

Mistah Ceza, thanks again. I see a lot of items that seem good and low prices.  A lot
of the items would be for older children/teens, but there are some smaller items,
even a toddler snow suit, and it looks really warm. Snow suit in blue, too.  :)
[IMAGE]  - Yowbarb

Main page
http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/Main.aspx? The sportsmanguide.com 

Shop for Youth Clothing http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/browse/youth-clothing.aspx?c=78&d=112

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Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: errrv on June 06, 2011, 01:50:17 AM
Hi guys, I'm sure everybody already knows this, but I have 3 kids at home; 9/5/3. What we do is: every spring & fall clean out the closet & replace with seasonal clothing. I take the clothes out and put them in a bin marked "winter 4T" etc. Stack em in the garage & I hardly ever have to buy clothes or shoes.
I have 6-10 bins with various sizes in each bin. I was going to start sending out of size to goodwill, but thinking I might be smart to keep them now. Just hope there's room for them in the new world!!!

P.s. I have been buying boots at www.sierratradingpost.Com
Cheap prices & good gear. If you are an adult & want some excellent hiking boots get some asolos. Used in rocky terrain by the marines & special forces... They hold up well!
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on June 06, 2011, 06:12:47 AM
Hi guys, I'm sure everybody already knows this, but I have 3 kids at home; 9/5/3. What we do is: every spring & fall clean out the closet & replace with seasonal clothing. I take the clothes out and put them in a bin marked "winter 4T" etc. Stack em in the garage & I hardly ever have to buy clothes or shoes.
I have 6-10 bins with various sizes in each bin. I was going to start sending out of size to goodwill, but thinking I might be smart to keep them now. Just hope there's room for them in the new world!!!

P.s. I have been buying boots at www.sierratradingpost.Com
Cheap prices & good gear. If you are an adult & want some excellent hiking boots get some asolos. Used in rocky terrain by the marines & special forces... They hold up well!
Hello errrv
some good ideas you posted . Thanks for the tip on the asolos and the sierra trading post.
You're probably right - at this time maybe it would be good to keep the stash of clothing and safely store it in your survival location. I suppose the vacuum bags would be a good way to keep extra clothing, bedding, towels and all.
All The Best,
Yowbarb

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Image:  Womens Lowa Sella Gore-Tex® Trekking Boots - 5 Star Rating, on special)

Image: Sierratrading Justin Boots Pitstop Lacer Boots  (For Kids and Youth) Five Stars rating
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Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on June 06, 2011, 06:16:07 AM
PS the reason I posted the mens womens and childrens samples of boots is:
They are all Five Star Ratings and
all on special...
YB
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: fidelis_soul on June 30, 2011, 08:16:58 AM
i know this is a stretch but has any one considered learning how to make shoes its not really as hard as one may think also if you have to move some where or cant stay you cant bring all those clothes i have found a needle and thread are very easy to travel with  ;D its just a thought learning some skills that could be useful you never know ;)

Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on June 30, 2011, 08:38:40 AM
i know this is a stretch but has any one considered learning how to make shoes its not really as hard as one may think also if you have to move some where or cant stay you cant bring all those clothes i have found a needle and thread are very easy to travel with  ;D its just a thought learning some skills that could be useful you never know ;)


fidelis_soul what a wonderful photo.  :)
Really good idea you have posted, thanks!
I think it is important to have some heavy duty needles and leather strips, heavy thread, leather, cloth and instructions; anything needed to make shoes.
Excellent addition to our survival lists. I don't think it is on there, the shoe making instructions, etc.
Survival Lists and Methods From Around the World

Keep on keepin' on,
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: bk on June 30, 2011, 05:55:49 PM
I have to study up on this now, first grandson born 6/24/11 5lb 11oz I guess we will be going through clothes real quick.
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: VillageIdiot on June 30, 2011, 06:02:54 PM
I have to study up on this now, first grandson born 6/24/11 5lb 11oz I guess we will be going through clothes real quick.
Congratulations BK!!! How wonderful for you and your family!

Hold on to your socks... In an 18 month period my wife & I went from becoming empty nesters to having 4 (yes four) grandchildren (1 girl & 3 boys).
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: DrReed on August 24, 2011, 02:19:31 PM
I would think that the tried and true material would be wool for outer garments and even socks.

My parents had a cobblers bench at one time as a piece of furniture, that and some cobblers skill may come in handy in the future. 

I know the Russians used a lot of felt for boots in the past, which I believe was made from animal hair.
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: chaunska on August 24, 2011, 02:50:24 PM
Mocs are great, but they wear out fast if worn all the time.   They are easy to make by hand.   I make them all the time for our reenactments.   You can double or triple up the soles so rocks don't hurt as much and it keeps you in them longer.   Replacing soles are easier than making a whole new pair.  They don't keep you feet very warm unless you like them with rabbit skins and some wool.    They get wet from dew in the morning.   I wear a pair of wooden shoes over mine in the morning and it works pretty well for morning chores.  I let my kids go barefoot when ever possible including colder weather if they want.   It toughens their feet and then they aren't wearing their mocs all the time and they last longer.   Look me up on facebook, Theresa Saguto.  I have a lot of pictures of them in their buckskins and they last....they are a little harder on their mocs though.
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on March 04, 2012, 08:47:37 PM
Mocs are great, but they wear out fast if worn all the time.   They are easy to make by hand.   I make them all the time for our reenactments.   You can double or triple up the soles so rocks don't hurt as much and it keeps you in them longer.   Replacing soles are easier than making a whole new pair.  They don't keep you feet very warm unless you like them with rabbit skins and some wool.    They get wet from dew in the morning.   I wear a pair of wooden shoes over mine in the morning and it works pretty well for morning chores.  I let my kids go barefoot when ever possible including colder weather if they want.   It toughens their feet and then they aren't wearing their mocs all the time and they last longer.   Look me up on facebook, Theresa Saguto.  I have a lot of pictures of them in their buckskins and they last....they are a little harder on their mocs though.

I think I missed your post...will see the photos, thanks.
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: gattani on May 08, 2012, 02:25:50 AM
I have three kids and a ton of clothes which doesn’t fit them anymore. I stopped buying clothes for my youngest son as he has clothes of his siblings to wear.
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childrens clothing philadelphia (http://www.astarisbornkids.com/)
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: gattani on June 05, 2012, 03:47:09 AM
I think in parenting the most difficult part is to dress the kids. Kids grow so fast that their clothes wear out very soon. Even I have a pile for clothes that are almost new as my kid never wore them for more than 3 months.
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childrens clothing philadelphia (http://www.astarisbornkids.com/)

Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on June 20, 2012, 10:04:05 PM
I have three kids and a ton of clothes which doesn’t fit them anymore. I stopped buying clothes for my youngest son as he has clothes of his siblings to wear.
___________
childrens clothing philadelphia (http://www.astarisbornkids.com/)

Gattini, welcome to the Town Hall!
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: gattani on September 07, 2012, 01:26:02 AM
Thanks for having me!! got little busy as my kid got sick....but i m back now...
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: enlightenme on September 07, 2012, 04:21:48 AM
Thanks for having me!! got little busy as my kid got sick....but i m back now...

So glad to have you back, hope everyone is doing well now!
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on September 10, 2012, 12:43:22 AM
Thanks for having me!! got little busy as my kid got sick....but i m back now...
gattini it is so good to see you back.
I hope all is well.
All The Best,
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on October 02, 2012, 05:22:13 PM
http://www.primitiveskillslinks.com/clothing.html   Primitive Skills
     
                           CLOTHING

Nativetech.org   Quite a few articles regarding clothing made from leather:

http://www.nativetech.org/clothing/index.html
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Wildwoodsurvival.com   Birch bark shoes anyone?

http://wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/clothing/index.html
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Smokylake.com   A simple article on how to brain tan.

http://www.smokylake.com/history/native/tanning.htm
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Braintan.com   Step by step brain tanning, from skinning:

http://www.smokylake.com/history/native/tanning.htm
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Rutabaga.com   Traditional wool and oil soaked clothing to keep you dry and warm while tracking:

http://www.rutabaga.com/section.asp?sid=5

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Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on October 02, 2012, 05:26:17 PM
Several links on page,
Yowbarb
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http://www.knittinghelp.com/free-patterns/categories/childrens-clothes   

Free Knitting Patterns: Children's Clothes

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DIY Mommy site  http://thediymommy.com/knit-a-simple-striped-baby-blanket/

(http://thediymommy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/knit-striped-baby-blanket.jpg)

 :)
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on October 07, 2012, 10:16:45 AM
I believe knitting will make a big comeback after the shift, and I was just commenting to someone recently how sad it is that sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, canning, etc, have all become so ignored by the younger generations.  Love the posts.
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: enlightenme on October 10, 2012, 04:38:38 AM
I believe knitting will make a big comeback after the shift, and I was just commenting to someone recently how sad it is that sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, canning, etc, have all become so ignored by the younger generations.  Love the posts.

I agree with you on that sentiment!  I also wanted to mention that in my area on Facebook, we now have a local posting where people sell/trade (with an online garage sale) their gently used kids clothing for pennies on the dollar.  Since my daughter is expecting, she was thrilled to find out this information.  She was able to basically "trade" some of her daughters recently outgrown items for new (well used but new) things for her and the baby she is expecting in Jan.  I can certainly see these type of swapping systems being very popular in the aftertimes, even without the computer/online technology being available. 
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on October 10, 2012, 10:03:27 AM
I believe knitting will make a big comeback after the shift, and I was just commenting to someone recently how sad it is that sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, canning, etc, have all become so ignored by the younger generations.  Love the posts.

I agree with you on that sentiment!  I also wanted to mention that in my area on Facebook, we now have a local posting where people sell/trade (with an online garage sale) their gently used kids clothing for pennies on the dollar.  Since my daughter is expecting, she was thrilled to find out this information.  She was able to basically "trade" some of her daughters recently outgrown items for new (well used but new) things for her and the baby she is expecting in Jan.  I can certainly see these type of swapping systems being very popular in the aftertimes, even without the computer/online technology being available.

What a great idea!
 ;D
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on October 10, 2012, 10:09:05 AM
I believe knitting will make a big comeback after the shift, and I was just commenting to someone recently how sad it is that sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, canning, etc, have all become so ignored by the younger generations.  Love the posts.

Yes indeed those are really necessary survival skills...
I'd say one of the most important things we could do now, is make sure we have a big stash of materials and all the instructions on how to do things, so the info is available to people in survival groups. Definitely time to print things out, and put them in waterproof covers. Government has pdfs online one source of how - to info.
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on October 10, 2012, 02:46:02 PM
I don't know how many people know this but the Goodwill and other thrift stores always have lots of skeins of yarn, several in a bundle for dirt cheap.  Also lots of odds and ends of sewing material for quilting. Many of the pieces are large enough to make clothing for small children.

 And even large bundles of candles.  The other day I scored 9 good sized decorator candles in a bag for $3.99.  And one could melt them down and make new ones the size wanted.
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: enlightenme on October 10, 2012, 06:33:30 PM
I don't know how many people know this but the Goodwill and other thrift stores always have lots of skeins of yarn, several in a bundle for dirt cheap.  Also lots of odds and ends of sewing material for quilting. Many of the pieces are large enough to make clothing for small children.

 And even large bundles of candles.  The other day I scored 9 good sized decorator candles in a bag for $3.99.  And one could melt them down and make new ones the size wanted.

I love shopping at the Goodwill and Salvation Army Thrift stores around here...You do get just some of the greatest deals there!!
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on October 11, 2012, 05:31:11 AM
I don't know how many people know this but the Goodwill and other thrift stores always have lots of skeins of yarn, several in a bundle for dirt cheap.  Also lots of odds and ends of sewing material for quilting. Many of the pieces are large enough to make clothing for small children.

 And even large bundles of candles.  The other day I scored 9 good sized decorator candles in a bag for $3.99.  And one could melt them down and make new ones the size wanted.

Endtimesgal_2012, really great info! Good to know people can get knitting supplies there, and more...
I have done a lot of used store shopping for clothes, over the years -
"Sally Store" shopping as my Mom used to call it. :) "Sally" referring to Salvation Army, but of course we went to Goodwill too.
My Grandmother Vina used to make the most wonderful quilts. She saved pieces of clothing. She stuffed quilts with nylon stockings at the time.
There was a time when I could go into a used store and get iron pots and skillets etc. but then it seemed the people who worked there must have grabbed up a lot of the cookware.  Still it is possible to get some kitchen stuff.
 :)
Yowbarb
Good to know about the candles too...
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on October 11, 2012, 05:35:00 AM
I feel anyone preparing for survival in a group should get a stash of childrens' shoes,
socks, clothes. from a used store and/or bulk outlet.
Sewing machine, sewing supplies
bulk batches of clean packed clothing as posted in some of the earlier posts here.
As Endtimesgal_2012 mentioned, the knitting supplies too.
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: enlightenme on October 11, 2012, 08:45:48 AM
Definitely so Barb...I was also thinking in addition to fabric, make sure to have a few basic sewing patterns, usually only need 1 or two to cover a large range of sizes.  I for one, am certainly not talented enough to sew much of anything without a pattern to follow! ;D
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on October 11, 2012, 09:29:10 AM
Definitely so Barb...I was also thinking in addition to fabric, make sure to have a few basic sewing patterns, usually only need 1 or two to cover a large range of sizes.  I for one, am certainly not talented enough to sew much of anything without a pattern to follow! ;D

That's a great idea too!
(I suppose those patterns could be found in a thrift store too?)
Enlightenme and Endtimesgal_2012 I appreciate the ideas...
I'm going to be adding some of these items to the Survival List Topic, soon...
-Yowabrb
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on October 11, 2012, 09:33:10 AM
I think thread would be something we should stock as well.  Estate sales are good for this item, and also sometimes the thrift stores, when families are clearing out their parents stuff once they go to assisted living or pass, few young people sew anymore and they get rid of it all, and it gets bundled up into a big plastic bag and sold for dirt cheap.  Also, how many people have a good pair of scissors for sewing  Those that do not sew do not realize that scissors which have been used for cutting paper will not cut cloth adequately.
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on October 11, 2012, 09:42:27 AM
I think thread would be something we should stock as well.  Estate sales are good for this item, and also sometimes the thrift stores, when families are clearing out their parents stuff once they go to assisted living or pass, few young people sew anymore and they get rid of it all, and it gets bundled up into a big plastic bag and sold for dirt cheap.  Also, how many people have a good pair of scissors for sewing  Those that do not sew do not realize that scissors which have been used for cutting paper will not cut cloth adequately.

Really good ideas...
I have found that without a proper pair of sharp scissors it is difficult to cut cloth.
Thread, scissors and the pins too...all need to go on the list.  ;)
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on October 19, 2012, 02:09:31 PM
Some materials that come to mind for children's clothes and quilts:

Blue jeans scrap, denim, flannel, fuzzy cloth, 100% cotton
clean used nylon stockings (pantyhose) to stuff quilts with; cotton batting, padded quilted fabric to
make warm little coats with.
Knitting yarn, knitting needles, patterns for all.

Marking tool to run over the pattern
pins good scissors

Batting, padding material might be a good thing to have on hand to make kids beds...
The framework of which might be a concrete platform or constructed of wood...
Vinyl-type material could come in handy for areas, surfaces which are a bit hard to keep clean.

Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on October 19, 2012, 07:26:56 PM
Keep an eye out at the thrift stores and garage sales for old sweaters.  They can easily be cut down to make sweaters for children, as well as pillow covers, coverlets, pot holders, and a multitude of things.   And men's shirts can be cut down into dresses or jumpers for girls also.
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on October 26, 2012, 09:33:14 PM
I also remember a shoe bag my mother kept.  Shoes were not thrown out when we outgrew them.  They went to the shoe repair if my dad or mom could not repair them at home, and we knew better than to damage them and had to take good care of them.  We had Church shoes, School shoes, and play shoes.  We knew we had to take them off when we got home and put on play shoes and we went barefoot a lot in the summer.  We all had to polish our shoes ourselves once we got a bit older and also the older ones had to polish the younger ones shoes as well.  Every Saturday night.  Once we outgrew the shoes, they went in to the shoe bag. Our shoes had to last us until we outgrew them, and if or when we had to have a new pair, (especially me since I was the oldest,) they were bought at least one size too big.

 We also sometimes wore cardboard insoles in them if there was a hole in the bottom of the sole and there was no money to purchase new ones.  With 9 children in the house, it was rare to get new shoes, we had to take turns. And when mom and dad bought us new ones, they drew around our foot on a piece of paper, went to town, and came home with what they thought we should have.  We never got to pick out our own shoes, or even clothing for that matter, and we were THRILLED to get something new, and we would never dream of saying we did not like it.

 But once I learned to sew, I was able to go with my mother and help select the pattern and material to make all the girls Easter dresses every year.  That was a lot of fun.  As far as clothing was concerned, NOTHING was ever discarded.  If it became totally too worn to continue to be used, it was recycled into something else, either cut down into a different garment, or sewn into a coverlet, or made into potholders, tea towels, etc, or used for cleaning rags.  Nothing was wasted ever.  As a teenager, I recycled a dance dress three times into different styles to get the full use of it before trading it with a friend for something different.

I know to most people this sounds so terrible, but let me assure you I have very fond memories of my childhood, and with 4 brothers and 4 sisters, we were a lot like the Waltons.  I had a lot of fun and never really felt deprived.  We had good food to eat, a clean house and I was never ashamed to bring friends home, our house was tastefully decorated, regardless of having been done with second hand furniture and accessories.  My parents always felt they had to try harder since they were Catholics and had so many children.  And us children felt the responsibility to not bring shame on our parents by our actions.

Today we are a throwaway society, and  I believe we will have to practice these economies after the shift, and sadly, most people will feel terribly deprived and be so depressed over it, but thankfully, I am well prepared for such events.

 In some ways I feel we went overboard trying to make up to our children for the hardships we had ourselves as children, which if you think about it, built resilience, strength and character,  I do not think it was a bad thing.
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: pbutter72 on August 29, 2013, 08:19:27 PM
Hello Everyone!

I love this topic because new clothes/shoes shopping has become somewhat of a rarity for my family in the last few years due to finances. So I am all about reusing, recycling, and crafting clothes for myself and the kids.
And if this wasn't mentioned before, I would also like to suggest being on the look out for "clothing swaps". These events offer an opportunity for folks to bring all the clothing their children can no longer fit and exchange them with other families who are looking for "new" clothing as well--- and they are FREE! Usually whatever is left over is donated to a homeless shelter.
These events are usually held every change of season and I have been so fortunate to find great items that fit my boys.
If you run a google search in your local county with the words "clothing swap" and/or "clothing exchange" and something might come up in your local town-- and if not, maybe consider hosting one with the help of your local church or community organization!

(http://blog.ebayclassifieds.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Clothes-swap-4-sharp-small.jpg)

Hope this is Helpful

~pB
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on September 11, 2013, 09:29:35 PM
Hello Everyone!

I love this topic because new clothes/shoes shopping has become somewhat of a rarity for my family in the last few years due to finances. So I am all about reusing, recycling, and crafting clothes for myself and the kids.
And if this wasn't mentioned before, I would also like to suggest being on the look out for "clothing swaps". These events offer an opportunity for folks to bring all the clothing their children can no longer fit and exchange them with other families who are looking for "new" clothing as well--- and they are FREE! Usually whatever is left over is donated to a homeless shelter.
These events are usually held every change of season and I have been so fortunate to find great items that fit my boys.
If you run a google search in your local county with the words "clothing swap" and/or "clothing exchange" and something might come up in your local town-- and if not, maybe consider hosting one with the help of your local church or community organization!

(http://blogs.philadelphiaweekly.com/style/files/2013/05/BGX_KrisEden.jpg)

Hope this is Helpful

~pB
pbutter, I had not heard of those! What a super idea!
 ;)
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: pbutter72 on September 11, 2013, 09:46:17 PM
Hi Barb!

Yes, these clothing swaps are great for those who otherwise do not have and cannot afford to purchase clothing for their children. Many clothing swaps don't just limit what they offer to just clothing, many offer toys, books, blankets, diaper bags, even breast pumps! These swaps helped me in saving money, money that was much need in food and shelter. I feel that we were blessed in that aspect.
To tell you the truth, this is the first year I may have to venture out and buy my youngest boy's clothing because there was a shortage on 3T boys' clothes.

I sure hope that folks would be able to find or even start a clothing swap because they are super helpful!

Blessings,

~pB
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on October 30, 2013, 05:41:02 AM
Hi Barb!

Yes, these clothing swaps are great for those who otherwise do not have and cannot afford to purchase clothing for their children. Many clothing swaps don't just limit what they offer to just clothing, many offer toys, books, blankets, diaper bags, even breast pumps! These swaps helped me in saving money, money that was much need in food and shelter. I feel that we were blessed in that aspect.
To tell you the truth, this is the first year I may have to venture out and buy my youngest boy's clothing because there was a shortage on 3T boys' clothes.

I sure hope that folks would be able to find or even start a clothing swap because they are super helpful!

Blessings,

~pB

pb - looks like things have evolved.
I wish I had seen a clothing swap back in the day, 1970s when I had two little ones. Well, actually I had five before the seventies were over.   ;D
I always thought these were awful cartoon images but I feel like posting it anyway.
My husband used to call the younger three the "rug rats" or he would call the whole bunch of them the banditos.  ;)
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on June 24, 2014, 12:18:58 PM
This concept has probably been mentioned on here already, the thought occurred to me even if a person not a seamstress - someone will be.
Pack up materials, various sizes of patterns, marking materials; pinking shears, sharp cutting scissors, an assortment of threads and buttons. Knitting patterns yarn and needles and books. Quilting materials. Scraps of materials.

I'm thinking for bulk materials for clothing  - a waterproof shrink wrap type of packaging would be good. One of those deals which takes the air out of a sturdy bag and shrinks it down. It does wrinkle stuff a bit but takes up less room.

Now these are interesting cool, old style sewing boxes...big enough for lots of sewing supplies. Could fit in a big box. Small version would have to go in a bugout bag of course.
Yowbarb Note continued: I'm not selling this stuff. It just caught my eye...
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: Yowbarb on June 24, 2014, 12:29:34 PM
Don't forget lots of new  and used kids demins, jeans, overalls all sizes...
Title: Re: Kids clothing in the aftertime
Post by: pbutter72 on March 20, 2015, 07:46:54 PM
This concept has probably been mentioned on here already, the thought occurred to me even if a person not a seamstress - someone will be.
Pack up materials, various sizes of patterns, marking materials; pinking shears, sharp cutting scissors, an assortment of threads and buttons. Knitting patterns yarn and needles and books. Quilting materials. Scraps of materials.

I'm thinking for bulk materials for clothing  - a waterproof shrink wrap type of packaging would be good. One of those deals which takes the air out of a sturdy bag and shrinks it down. It does wrinkle stuff a bit but takes up less room.

Now these are interesting cool, old style sewing boxes...big enough for lots of sewing supplies. Could fit in a big box. Small version would have to go in a bugout bag of course.
Yowbarb Note continued: I'm not selling this stuff. It just caught my eye...

Thank you for this post!
When packing a bug out bag, sewing supplies may be an overlooked item
This is definitely needed!

~pB