Since I got knocked up, I have not been able to enjoy the second-hand stores like I used to. Up until Month 4 or 5 in my pregnancy, my pants stopped fitting and my shirts started to get tighter. Oh, the joys of pregnancy were just getting started. I tried all attempts to find maternity clothes in thrift stores, but I had absolutely no luck. I asked in every store why they didn’t carry maternity clothes and I got several common answers, such as, “We don’t get many maternity clothes.” or “They just are too worn out to sell.”  I supposed pregnant women hoard their maternity clothes, just in case or maybe they just wear them out.

The next best option was to ask my friends for hand-me-downs. A couple of my good friends gave me some pants and shirts, but it just wasn’t enough, especially going into the winter months. After an almost relentless search, I found a little store called “Rug Rats” that is located in Myrtle Beach. They not only had a wide selection of children’s clothing and equipment, but they had the only second-hand maternity selection in our area. I was most impressed with the fact they allowed me to try items on in their dressing room. In fact, as a second-hand store, I was able to bring in some of my daughter’s old clothes for credit and use it to purchase my ‘new’ maternity clothes.

I have learned through this pregnancy that most women with maternity clothes hold on to them, just in case they have another child. But also, they hold on to them in order to pass it on to other pregnant women that need them. Call it a maternity honor code of clothing. As for me and my clothes, I don’t have plans to have another child and unless a close friend of mine gets pregnant soon, I plan to sell some of mine in order to take advantage of second-hand children’s clothes.

On another note, I decided to search online for some additional solutions to this dilemma and I’m not alone. Of course, there is always eBay, Craigs List and Facebook Group Pages.

Some of those local group pages on Facebook include:

Then, there are a couple decent online second-hand shops that offer maternity clothing and here are those:

Bump to Bump

  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/bumptobumpmaternity
  • Twitter: @b2maternity
  • About: “After being disappointed with the selection of maternity clothes in my local children’s consignment shops, I was determined to offer women a larger selection of gently used maternity clothing and the ability to shop from home (with those swollen ankles propped up).  I also wanted to help the women out there who were cluttering up their closets because they didn’t know what to do with their maternity clothes.  While we are passionate about recycling/ reusing, it’s also important to capture the memories of this special time, so we are happy to also offer new and gift items on our site.”

Nine Little Months

  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/NineLittleMonths
  • Twitter: @9LittleMonths
  • About: “I search for high quality gently-used clothes that are in great condition. Each item is meticulously checked by me, so that I can give you a clear description. Every garment is carefully washed and ironed before being photographed for inclusion in my store. I am sure to give all garments a grade so that you know whether the item still has tags, is looking new or has some flaws. You can buy in confidence, knowing what to expect.”

 

 

 

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Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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  1. Catherine Steele on March 1, 2013

    What I learned while I was pregnant with my first born was to invest in wardrobe staples. With many high-end designers making their own lines of maternity wear, it’s tempting to buy trendy maternity clothes, especially for work. However, any smart fashionista will tell you to resist this temptation and buy maternity clothing sale. Stick with stocking your pregnancy closet with wardrobe staples.Buy black, gray and/or brown pants, then use accessories and different tops to vary your daily attire. If your job calls for business attire, buy a basic dress that can be worn to work, as well as out to dinner. Invest in one suit jacket. Basic, non-trendy clothing also will come in handy if you plan to get pregnant again in the future.

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