When my son was born, I received a set of six absolutely adorable socks and mailed three pairs to my friend in Uruguay who was also having a son. It was such a thrill to see a picture of her newborn son wearing a pair of socks just like my son. The generosity of sharing our own abundance comes back to us in so many ways. It is true that the more I share with others, the more I feel blessed by my own possessions. My friend in Uruguay also gets her son's clothes from friends, but has to fill in gaps with new clothing.
My daughter Hannah's clothes have been through three girls and a cousin from California (delivered on their annual visits) before they arrive at our home in Oregon. After Hannah wears them, they are shared with at least three other girls before they return to us for storage. My son Liam's clothes arrive from his cousin in California. He also wears clothes borrowed from a friend after they've been through three boys and go on to two other boys before being consigned. With our children, we sometimes asked to receive meals or other wanted items instead of clothes, as we have everything we need, but it is hard to resist the urge to buy colorful adorable clothing for your niece, nephew, or grandchild. And when most of our clothing is used, it makes the brand new items more special.
I shopped at Goodwill throughout my childhood before it was fashionable, didn't shop there when it was in style, and now once again can find treasures to cover my body at a second-hand shop. Before you know it, one day you'll find me satisfying a craving for a new clothing item at a local consignment shop. I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by friends and family and second-hand shops who share their clothing. My closet may not be bulging, but it feels like it is when surrounded by so many generously sharing friends.