Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Six months old, you say? Maybe three?

People, I cannot have bought these more than four weeks ago. True, they're only Target-brand, but I've spent more on name brand shoes with similar results. How on earth does one wear out shoes this quickly? I suspect you must be a nine-year-old boy to have the answer to that question.

Thankfully, I picked up these two pairs at a garage sale last weekend for $1 each. Thank you, Lord, for small mercies! :)


Liz said...

At our house, the shoes in that top pic wouldn't qualify as "worn out" at allllllllllllllllll. My kids have to outgrow or totally destroy a pair of shoes before I replace them. They're too expensive!

Candice said...

Oh, they're not 'retired' yet, Liz! I just can't believe how yucky they already look!

Tiffany said...

Shoes and Jeans wear out quick. Amazing how with #2 and #3 I care so much less about "cuteness" and more about keeping decent clothes no matter where they come from. Garage sales and thrift stores are life and budget savers!

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

it's such a buzz getting things from Opp shops or garage sales. I have been wearing the same thing to church for months and have been wanting a new out fit. Today I found the perfect black skirt for $6! I was so thankful and love saving my family money!! We have 8 children, I do like them to look tidy, but refuse to pay full price or buy new if I can help it.

I am finding though that it;s hard to find things for our older two, 15yrs, 13 yrs, I'm happy to buy new for them, buy only on sale if I can help it!!

Anonymous said...

That was from me, Sandra from New Zealand! :-) God Bless you Candice!

Dana said...

We went through a phase when my son would tear a hole in his socks, SOMEHOW, when I still considered them new! I feel your pain!

Candice said...

Tiffany: I agree about worrying less about 'cuteness'. I admire Moms whose kids look perfectly coordinated from head to toe....but I usually am satisfied with clean kids, brushed hair, and semi-matched clothes!

Sandra: Don't you love a great find!? I don't know what we'd do without hand-me-downs and thrift stores! God really provides for our family in this way. I recently had to go buy several things for my 5-year-old. She just didn't have much that matched and was in decent condition. So, even at Wal-Mart (do you have those in NZ?) it was a small bundle of money. Made me all the more thankful that buying new is the exception rather than the rule!

Dana: Funny about the socks! Those can get expensive, too, and aren't something you can buy secondhand!

Anonymous said...

Hi Candice,

No, we don't have Walmart :( in NZ. I was in the USA last year with our two older children, we had so much fun at Walmart! Over here we have The Warehouse, which is like Walmart.
I had to giggle about the socks comment, you see secondhand under ware is just not me, but...a few weeks ago at a garage sale I found Nike socks for 25 cents a pair, in perfect nic! My 13 yr old son was so happy with them. Over here you'd pay $15 a pair for them.

I looked up a bit about you etc.. on your blog, we worship at The Reformed church of Palmerston North, Google it to see more.

When in the states we stayed with our friends, he is a pastor in the URC. You know the saying - it's a small world, well the Reformed world is even smaller LOL!Have a great day/night!
Sandra NZ

Anonymous said...

Just re- reading my comment on socks - it was 6 pairs of them ladies :-) I wouldn't bother writing about one pair LOL!

Liz said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, ok! I thought you meant these were the ones headed to the Goodwill/trash pile. Whew!

Sandra said...

Hi Candice,

I have started a blog to keep a record of our learning. It's nothing flash I'm still finding my way around. I hope to add pictures of NZ and our town.

Candice said...

Oh, great, Sandra! I'll check it out!