I love going to thrift stores! And I can usually find fun stuff - like this Bitty Baby - for only $2.99!!! Yes, she needed a little cleaning, but worth every penny!
So, if you're a mom with little kids and you don't have any time to sew clothes for either the Bitty Baby or any American Girl doll, here's my tip.....look for Carter's clothes in the new born size - look for labels that say 5 - 8 pounds:
Well, yes, the tops are a bit too long!
But just cut them off at the hips, which gives you enough room to hem the shirt (I don't even bother doing that!)
Just tuck them into the pants, add a hat, and you have a precious outfit that turns a naked doll into a tiny sweetheart! Here, my new bitty baby is sitting with her "older sister" which is yet another doll I got at the estate sale and restrung, re-wigged, and added her to my growing collection. They are sitting with a bear that my son gave me years ago, next to a pillow that was embroidered by a friend's mom. It won 1st place in a fair! Behind the dolls, you can just see the tips of a pair of pillowcases that my great aunt Nellie embroidered. Obviously, I do not store things that are given to me - I put them out on display!
The shirt was $1.99, the pants were $.99, and the hat was $.59. I cannot make clothes that cheaply!
Speaking of my son, here is the outfit that he wore when we brought him home from the hospital. I've kept it all these years! I think it's high time I find a doll that will fit into this. Maybe even another bitty baby? Jason was a premie by 6 weeks, weighing in at only 6lb. Imagine how big he would have been had he been born 6 weeks later? I still think the doctors were off on their calculations! But this is one of those 5 - 8 pound outfits....so I'm off to hunt for the perfect doll!
Do you hunt your local thrift store? Or are you more like Kerry who refuses to even consider going inside one of them? Colleen and I just went to Colorado Springs yesterday and had a blast stopping by 4 thrift stores. Sure wore me out....but I came home with loads of treasures! I'll just bet my neighbors wonder how I fit all those shopping bags into this tiny little cottage!!!