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The Store

I have four teen daughters still living at home. They are all about the same size.

Imagine the clothing issues we face.

On many occasions I have heard conversations that have gone something like this...

“That’s my shirt. Please go take it off.”
“Well, you always wear my stuff, so I’m wearing yours.”

This year, I decided to put a little spin on “back-to-school” shopping and curtail some of those “sharing” issues.
I cleaned out a guest closest, bought a ton of their favorite brand shirts on ebay at a fraction of the original cost, and opened my store.

“Girls, welcome to my store. Come in and browse around. You may wear anything you like freely provided you agree to the following rules:

No fighting over my clothes. And, no throwing my clothes on the floor in your bedroom where they will disappear, never to be seen again."

So far, so good. I haven’t heard any more, “That’s my shirt” comments.

Evidently the store has become well known among all their friends.

When they come over, they all want to visit “Mom’s Store”.



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
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Sep. 3rd, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
Re: What a fantastic idea!
They do their own laundry. Sometimes I'm nice and help them.
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Sep. 3rd, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
Re: What a fantastic idea!
HaHaHaHa!!!! Tell them 1carolinabrown says I love them but they have to start doing their own laundry... Takes a while to get in the swing of things, but when every piece of clothing they own is dirty, they'll start washing their own clothes. Works wonderfully!
Sep. 3rd, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
Haha. Clever.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
Does the store ship orders?
Sep. 3rd, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. We do not ship, but you are welcome to visit anytime (even though you are no longer a teen). The sooner, the better.
Sep. 4th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
The day that I can wear something from your store, I'm going to do cartwheels!

Edited at 2010-09-04 02:11 am (UTC)
Sep. 4th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
So will I!
Sep. 3rd, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)

Plus (not that it sounds like this is a problem), you get a say in the modesty factor!
Sep. 3rd, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
Modesty is a HUGE issue these days. I feel like I swimming upstream! Can't tell you how many times I've had to remind my girls about modesty. When they try to walk about the door with something that crosses the line I stop them and say, "I'm your mom. Do you want ME to tell you when something is inappropriate...or do you want your youth pastor to tell you??"
Sep. 3rd, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
My Dad was a firefighter. Once when I was about to go out in something he did not approve of (it was probably borrowed from a girlfriend, as my mother bought my clothes), he said "I hear what some of the men at the firehouse say when girls walk by dressed like that. I'd hate to have anybody talk about YOU like that." I went and changed.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
I just remembered another apropos incident. At the small teen age dance held by a local church, my younger sister came out of the ladies room and I immediately knew she had put kleenex in her bra to look 'bigger'. I hustled her right back inside, and she said "I only wanted to be popular!" So I asked, "Would you really want to be popular with a boy who only cared about how big your boobs are??" She thought about it a second and quickly took out the kleenex!
Sep. 3rd, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
VERY good idea!! Good for you! My sister and I had that issue and I can remember her stopping me in the hallway at school to complain!

My kids did their own laundry, too, starting when they reached middle school. Modesty is a hard issue these days! I remember shopping one Easter for my youngest (about 12 at the time) and commented to the saleswoman "There isn't anything here that doesn't look like it's designed for a streetwalker-in-training"!! I made her something on my own sewing machine, because the stores were full of such appalling junk!! "See- through blouses'!!!
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