To Thrift or Not To Thrift: Maternity clothes you can toss after two weeks

One of the thrills of pregnancy is experiencing your body change week to week as it miraculously creates a new human being. One of the many challenges of pregnancy is trying to keep yourself clothed and looking neat while you morph into a whole new shape.

It's tempting to wear nothing but sweats and oversized t-shirts. But feeling good about how you look can make pregnancy more fun -- all that friendly chit chat doesn't seem quite so intrusive, for example, if you feel confident about your appearance, I'd argue. And it most likely takes high-quality maternity clothes to do the trick.

That's where your local thrift shop can come in handy. Fact is, maternity clothes are expensive. And you'll need a lot of them to make it through a pregnancy. Most pants or shirts only fit for a month before you're onto the next size. You can fill up your closet at your local thrift shop without spending a fortune. Then, when they don't fit anymore or you have your baby and can't stand the sight of the maternity clothes anymore, you can get rid of them without buyer's remorse.

One caveat: You may have to hunt around or get your veteran thrifter friends to be on the lookout for you. It seems the best maternity wear is picked up right quick in thrift shops these days. And its often only the best run shops that take the time to separate it out from the rest of the duds. Shopping for maternity wear can be hard work at thrift stores, but it will likely be well worth the effort.

This post was written as part of a series on how to thrift shop smarter. Read more on what to buy, and not to buy, at thrift stores.
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