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How to dress your kids cute—–garage sale style

This is Sofia’s total fake laugh face. Miriam proudly showing off her garage sale outfit. Okay, maybe Miriam doesn’t care, but doesn’t she look cute? Okay, this picture has nothing to do with garage sales, but isn’t this Wisteria from our yard beautiful? Gabe dressed in his garage sale clothes from head to toe. Hi, […]

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EmmaJ - May 26, 2011 - 6:54 am

I would like to shop at garage sales, but I have never had much luck at them, so now I just don’t bother. It seems like the ones I go to just never have nice quality stuff.

Elisabeth@SimpleGreenishLiving - May 26, 2011 - 11:05 am

I love when there are garage sales in or around my neighborhood, that way I can just check them out when we’re on a walk, rather than making a special trip. Last weekend we found a Sandra Boynton board book for just 25 cents! She is one of our favorite children’s authors so this was a great find for us (especially considering the books cost around $8 new). Now that we have a little one who seems to grow out of things so quickly, I will definitely be garage sale-ing more often :)

Sarabeth - May 26, 2011 - 11:33 am

I love the idea of garage sales, but it seems like every one we go to just has a bunch of, well, junk. The kids clothes always seem worn and stained. It sounds like garage sales in your area are much better!

Rachel - May 26, 2011 - 1:16 pm

By best score was a $150 authentic all wood Bocce set for $10. But, I’m kind of over garage sales. I am more of a Craigslist person. The stuff seems to be better quality, you know the price up front, and you can shop or sell from your couch. You don’t get the SUPER good deals, but I got a Pump in Style for $50, a Moby for $20, tons of cloth diapers, etc. Every time I do a garage sale, I spend two days setting up and tearing down and make about $50. But, I sold about $1500 worth of stuff on Craigslist when we moved to Corvallis all out of my garage. I love CL!

Diana - May 26, 2011 - 1:33 pm

My favorite garage sale find was Hazel’s brand new condition highchair for $5 and her baby gym for $2. I think I saved over $50. I love Craigslist and the best story I have is that I was selling my brand new medela pump in style and no one would bite, so I lowered the price well below what I knew I could get because I needed the money. Sure enough a woman called and asked why I was selling it so low. I told her and she said she wanted it for her newborn son who had a cleft palette and couldn’t feed from the breast. I felt so good about selling it low price to her, but when her husband showed up he gave me $60 extra dollars!

kara - May 26, 2011 - 2:53 pm

Emma, there have to be some amazing garage sales in D.C!! You just have to find the right neighborhoods. That is a huge part is just knowing what areas to search.
I have found some good garage sales in your neighborhood!! Don’t they have a weekend where a bunch of people in your neighborhood have sales?
Are there any major universities in Tacoma? Find out where professor families live.. those are usually good sales :). Or big fancy suburbia neighborhoods where people buy their kids lots of stuff.
I totally love craigslist too. We bought our little play wooden house, our play structure from our yard, and even our van off of craigslist :)
That is a great story. How nice!

adrienne w - May 26, 2011 - 4:04 pm

Love the deals you got! I’m not into garage sale-ing very much, because it often ends up being a lot of work for very little end result. But a couple of weeks ago we got 2 bikes and 2 scooters for $65, which may not sound like a great deal, but it was. I love second hand shopping more than garage sales though!! I have scored some great deals. I am willing to try more garage sales though in the right neighborhood.

Claire - May 26, 2011 - 9:16 pm

Since you are the self declared garage sale goddess…you will need to set up a ‘killer garage sale’ notification service!

Elisa - May 26, 2011 - 10:24 pm

YES…Garage Sale Goddess!!! I love that!

Elisa - May 26, 2011 - 10:37 pm

By the way….Sofia is a your “mini-me” !!!!!!

kara - May 26, 2011 - 10:53 pm

That does sound like a good deal considering you could pay at least that much for one of those items new. I love thrift stores too. My sister Heather is the thrift store goddess. Eugene has way better thrift stores than Corvallis (our goodwill is super spendy for some reason).
I so wish I could alert everyone. Do you know how many times I have gone to a garage sale and found things that were amazing but that I didn’t need? I sit there and try to think of who I should call!! Maybe I should have a garage sale twitter club :).
I really will keep my eye out for some stuff for you. Oh, and could you email me the dates you will be here again?? I’m not sure if Sofia is my “mini me” in looks exactly, but it will crack you up when you are here to see how much she acts like me :).

E - May 27, 2011 - 11:52 am

Will you be my family’s personal shopper?

kara - May 27, 2011 - 3:28 pm

I totally should become a personal shopper and charge like 20% commission :). It would still be a good deal for the client :).

Amanda O. - May 27, 2011 - 4:19 pm

Hey I’d LOVE to hit yard sales but need a partner to sit in the car with the baby haha. Do you leave the kids at home or take em in and out of the car each time? Sounds like a lot of work to do that ;)Do you get your yard sale leads from CL or the newspaper or word of mouth?

kara - May 27, 2011 - 5:15 pm

I usually have to bring my kids since Chris has weddings most saturdays in the summer.. which means I will probably be doing less garage saling this summer. I usually do drive bys to see if it looks like a good one before I drag my kids out of the car with me. I do newspaper, cl, and word of mouth :).

Sonia - June 1, 2011 - 4:19 pm

I’m the sucker who just paid full price for a pair of kid’s Keens…that said, I love yard sales, goodwill, and replay for children’s items. Nice finds!

garage door - June 5, 2011 - 11:57 am

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Question for the Ladies: What is one piece of your wardrobe that can spice up any outfit?

  Me in my Boden Jacket. I like to call this my Mary Poppins jacket. I admire that Mary Poppins (I should do a whole post on Mary Poppins), and perhaps the first step towards being a little more Mary Poppinsish is owning a jacket like hers? Aren’t you impressed with my modeling skills? Being […]

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EmmaJ - May 24, 2011 - 6:33 am

I like a good bag (mine are Petunia Picklebottom diaper bags right now) and big sunglasses. I love a good, big, Jackie O sized pair of sunglasses. I think they make me look casual and put together. And I don’t have to wear make-up with them.

Wendy M - May 24, 2011 - 7:41 am

I adore your coat…you always look sophisticated in it. I also rely on a raincoat…mine is orange, so it is quite popular in Corvallis! I’ve received compliments on it as far away as Seattle. My favorite part is I got a crazy-good deal on it at Fred Meyer and just changed out the buttons (something anyone can do to make clothing a little more unique!)

EmmaJ - May 24, 2011 - 11:37 am

Wendy, I love that idea about changing the buttons. Such a simple trick!

Sunny - May 24, 2011 - 1:46 pm

Shoes and sunglasses for me. I’m really not great at putting clothes together so I usually stick with t-shirts, jeans, etc. and I do not wear make up. In order to feel girly or glam I get fun sunglasses and shoes. I cried the day I threw away my pink sunglasses, literally. I couldn’t see out of them anymore they were so scratched up. My beautiful neon pink sunglasses that I paid $5 for in NYC. sniff sniff

Camille - May 24, 2011 - 2:57 pm

I have one of these hats and I get compliments all the time. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m wearing something that’s actually fashionable, and people are just shocked into saying something nice.

Sonia - May 24, 2011 - 3:37 pm

I love that magical coat!
To make my everyday wardrobe a little more zesty, I usually opt for fun earrings or a colorful hand knit scarf.

Amanda N. - May 24, 2011 - 8:32 pm

When did you cut your hair? I LOVE it. You looks great in these pictures!

Ivy - May 24, 2011 - 9:28 pm

Kara, you look so cute in your Boden Jacket!!
I love use any accessories to smarten up, like sunglasses, luxury bag, nice shoes, ear rings, necklace, or even bracelet, depends on what purpose! But, if only can pick one item, I will definitely say a luxury bag.

kara - May 24, 2011 - 9:49 pm

I have a haiku diaper bag that I love sporting too (as much as one can sport a diaper bag).
I don’t have an exact image in my head, but I feel like I have complimented you on this coat. Changing buttons IS a great idea. Even I can sew a button :)
RIP Sunny’s sunglasses. I have seen you sport those jewels.
Those hats are adorable, and hello to you. I know we have met a couple of times!
I checked out your blog (you look familiar bye the way), and I wish I could knit my own scarves. I would love to learn to knit someday when I have more time!
I cut my hair a few weeks ago. Glad you like it :).
You are a fashion diva. Seriously, even on our walk to day you looked super stylish. What kind of luxury bags do you like?

Laurie Walker - May 25, 2011 - 7:18 am

I think earrings are my favorite fashion accessory; but now I want the jacket. I love the photos.

christa - May 25, 2011 - 8:28 am

i don’t have one particular thing…yet. but whenever i need a spruce i add accessories. usually a necklace or earrings. it makes me feel like i’ve “tried” even if i’m wearing a super casual outfit.
love the interview btw.

Cate Conway - May 25, 2011 - 10:21 pm

I love lipstick. I have some in my car, in my purse, in the junk drawer, and at my desk. If I do nothing else, I will put on lipstick…the darker the better, unless it’s sparkly.

Ivy - May 25, 2011 - 10:50 pm

It’s kinda like cliche, but I love Louis Vuitton:) I have a few LV bags from my mom. And, my first luxury bag I bought by my own was Pringle. It is a classic brand from Scotland. Right now, all money only invest in baby stuffs. Hoping I can get my next luxury bag soon. (do you hear me, Jordan. ha…)

Chris - May 26, 2011 - 8:33 am

ok I’m going out on a limb here being the only guy to comment, but lately I’m really into wearing boots. I love that they can be work, or business and that they make me an inch and a half taller!

kara - May 26, 2011 - 3:19 pm

Do you like cosmetic jewelry more or fancy expensive?
Can’t wait to see what lipstick you are wearing today :)!
You are a real fashion girl :).
Haa.. I love your contribution. I also like that your boots make you an inch taller since you are usually only an inch taller than me :).

Sunny - May 27, 2011 - 7:11 pm

Chris, I also choose shoes that boost my height! Awesome!

Adrienne S - June 1, 2011 - 7:54 am

Kara, this jacket was the first conversation bit I ever had with you! SO funny, your lovely as always.

The Case for Mom Pants

I’m definitely not the coolest and most stylish gal in the world these days, but I was for sure a little funkier pre-kids. I know I definitely wouldn’t have worn pants even remotely close to the ones in the picture. Folks, I am here to tell you that I have had a change of heart. […]

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Anne - April 5, 2011 - 7:45 am

Is it me, or are the “mom jeans” not a far cry from skinny jeans? I mean, wear a long top and I don’t think that many people would know the difference! So, Kara, I say go for it! Ha-ha!

In a similar vein, now that I’m on the other side of motherhood, I see the merits of elastic waistbands! I always wondered why there was that specific section in department stores dedicated to pantalones with the bunched stretchy stuff, and at what point to women bridge over to that section?

Then, I bought my first pair of maternity pants. The heavens opened, and I saw the light – elastic waistbands are awesome!! I wore those jeans with the thick elastic waistband for as long as I could justify them because they were so darn comfortable. Alas, all of the maternity pants are stuffed away in storage, but I look forward to unpacking them someday.

Getting back to your question, I sadly have no suggestions. But, summer’s coming, so I’ll be throwing on a skirt! :-)

Kara - April 5, 2011 - 8:00 am

Skinny jeans totally are mom pants. I never thought of that. Like you, the heavens also opened with maternity pants. I also love some leggings with a tunic! 2 1/2 months postpartum, and I can still hardly handle wearing pants with button/zipper. I try to tell myself that if I at least try to find more stylish work out pants, it is cool to wear them almost every day??
I definitely need to find a couple of cute skirts for the summer as dresses don’t work so well with nursing. Oh, and I also look forward to when you will be unpacking your maternity pants again :).

Sara - April 5, 2011 - 8:34 am

I really like Maurices Taylor boot-cut jeans (they are in the teens sections of the store). The waist is high enough and they come in dark wash so they look somewhat dressy so I can wear them to work :) And they are only $20-$30! If you end up liking them get on Maurices mailing list because they are always emailing me 20% off coupons so that makes them even more affordable!

adrienne w - April 5, 2011 - 9:32 am

I can NOT pull off skinny jeans or leggings and a tunic. Not flattering on my pear shape. But here in Canada we have a store that carries some jeans that have a wide waistband with some stretch that are very much like some maternity pants. They are awesome!! No zipper and it’s a wide so it holds in some of that tummy. Not ALL of it, but it definitely lessens the muffin top. I don’t know what I’d do without them. After 4 kids in 6 years, I too am having a fashion identity crisis.

Beulah - April 5, 2011 - 11:54 am

Have you met Mr. Trouser Jeans? They have a higher rise to hold in the flab, but then fall straight off the fullest part of the thigh (like a straight leg jean) to downplay any bulk.

Love these.

adrienne w - April 5, 2011 - 1:27 pm

Oh, and by the way, most of the time I don’t even bother with jeans. I wear yoga pants almost everyday. I’ve 2 pairs of some fairly expensive ones that I love. They have been worth every penny because I can wear them all through my pregnancies (and I get huge) and anytime after. Anything that can make my butt look that good post baby is heaven sent!!

Kara - April 5, 2011 - 2:00 pm

I never think to go to Maurices… so good to know!
Those jeans sound great, and what kind of yoga pants make your bum look so good? I must know :). I also feel like I am having a bit of a fashion crisis. I just feel like nothing fits or looks good on me right now.
Beulah, I am going to check those out! Thanks!

adrienne w - April 5, 2011 - 2:50 pm

These are the jeans/pants:,default,sc.html?prefn1=silouhette&prefv1=Women
They also fit big, so you usually go down a size, which does wonders for your ego! I’d love to buy you some to try. I think you’d love them!!
These are my yoga pants:
Lulu Lemon is a Canadian company, but I think they’ve expanded to the US. They were on Oprah once. They are simply wonderful!

Courtney - April 5, 2011 - 8:20 pm

Kara, I love your blog. I find it pretty entertaining, since I feel like I am going through so many of the same things…mom jeans, frustrated..and not answering cell phones….Your kids are so adorable!!!!

Lost: One Victoria Secret Body Bra Reward: A piece of Gum

I’m sure that all of you ladies have a bra that you prefer over all others. I never realized how attached I was to my Victoria Secret Body bra until I lost it for a few days. I was so bugged by the bra I was wearing today (like seriously.. it was driving me nuts) […]

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EmmaJ - March 29, 2011 - 5:59 am

Glad it was found. I can barely survive when my favorite bra is in the laundry for a day.
I saw you comment on my blog about the Spanish. Steve only speaks Spanish to the kids, has since Betty was born. Her Spanish is pretty good. She prefers to speak English to both of us, but if pressed will speak Spanish. Sometimes she forgets an English word and that is usually when she speaks Spanish voluntarily. We have lots of kids books in Spanish too. The “If you give a mouse a cookie” series has really good translations into Spanish.