Even Old Navy, which is a tad more fashion conscious than the formerly mentioned store, does not offer an interesting array of maternity clothes. I had to laugh because all their tops were exactly the same as those in the women’s department, aside from the word ‘maternity’ on the label and the price tag. I’m pretty sure the amount of extra fabric used to make a ‘maternity’ shirt does not merit a FIVE DOLLAR increase in price over a normal shirt.
So where does a fashionable, budget conscious woman turn to when her local maternity stores have failed her? Why the thrift stores, of course! There is one shop that I know of that specializes in maternity clothes (as well as baby and children’s clothes): Repeat After Me in Orleans. I haven’t visited yet, but I am excited to meet the owner, Amber Dauphinais. Back in January she sent me a wonderful email, an excerpt of which read, "We had a meeting last night for a bunch of the consignment stores on the cape and your name came up while we were in Tots to Teens. I have to tell you we could not have said enough good things about you!!! We all appreciate your (VERY WELL WRITTEN) blogs and we would ALL like to say THANK-YOU. ” I had no idea I would be shopping at her store back then, but now I am excited to have the opportunity to stop by.
I wasn’t sure where to begin my maternity thrift shopping adventure, but I figured that the Goodwill Store in Hyannis would be a reasonable choice as they sell everything. One of my schemes for adapting to my new body is to forgo wearing pants and just wear skirts and dresses. Many trendy skirts have flattering elastic waistbands and empire-waist dresses are perfect for accommodating a growing belly. Accordingly, I began with the dress and skirt sections at the Goodwill. Skirt sizes are somewhat more difficult to gauge because you have to guesstimate where you will be carrying the baby. I try to buy skirts that sit low on the hips; we’ll see how that pans out. I bought one great beachy skirt for $4.49. It doesn’t have elastic in it, but it sits low enough to be comfortable.
I tried on a slew of dresses and found one regular-sized, empire waist dress from Max Studio for $6.99 and one Motherhood Maternity dress, also $6.99.
I found it very paradoxical that the good volunteers at Goodwill decided to create a section called, “Plus Size and Maternity Clothes.” I dare say that most pregnant women do not equate being pregnant with being plus-sized. As if they don’t have enough to endure with fatigue, flatulence, morning sickness and so on. But I digress…