My mother loves to buy clothing. She's a good shopper and knows when the great sales take place and takes advantage. It's always been a high priority for her because she only had one skirt when she was little - so she told us - and she must have decided that would never happen to us. There were predictable events every year for clothes shopping and mind you, we rarely got clothing in between. The clothing cycle started in my mind at the beginning of the school year because, frankly, our lives moved in school years, not calendar years.
- school clothes - My grandmother often helped in the buying of school clothes. We always got a few new outfits. I recall the feel and smell of corduroy jumpers, plaid dresses and a pair of Buster Brown shoes or maybe Hush Puppies.
- birthday & Christmas - My birthday is two days before Christmas so I lump these together. We got one present for our birthday. My parents always put it in our bed so when you woke up, it was right there and your birthday started with the present, most often some special article of clothing though in 4th grade I woke up with a violin in my bed! Under the Christmas tree with the other presents we'd get a robe or pajamas and some years a new coat. My mother always bought me the wacko stuff. I don't know if she was the non-conformist or she figured I was one. One year she bought me those red long johns with the trap door and yes I wore them as PJs. She also bought me a nose warmer from Spencer's gifts. It was a little red and white striped hat with a tassle at the end and you put it over your nose and tied it around your head. Yes, I defiantly wore it though she told me a few years ago she really never expected that I would. Sheesh, Mom.
- Washington's birthday sale - my favorite because it was so unpredictable! Hyman's in Homestead had a huge sale every year and this is when my mother filled out the gaps in our wardrobe. It was all so cheap, we'd come home to a pile of stuff on our bed.
- Easter - so special because we always got a new hat, dress, shoes, gloves, spring coat and maybe even a purse. My sisters and I are wearing our Easter dresses in this picture though it wasn't taken on Easter. That's why you don't see the full get up. We were dressed up to go see my uncle in his school play, 007's Goldfinger. Isn't that an odd play to do in high school? It must have been very hip at the time. I remember the story of the girl who died because they painted her body gold. Did you hear that one, too?
- school picnic - Kennywood - ah the memories...and of course a new pair of tennis shoes, shorts and top.
- summer camp - new swim suit and sweat shirt for sure
I just realized this is such a chick post. Sorry, guys. ;) You can do one about playing army. We're into clothes. LOL