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October 23, 2008

Anyone Looking To Start An At-Home Business?


I would like to make a proposal.  Someone who has more free time and creativity than this Philly Mom should start a clothing company that makes age-appropriate, quality, ATTRACTIVE clothing for little girls.  Because there is a market for it, my friends!

I can't say I wasn't warned.  All of my friends told me that when their girls move out of the toddler sizes, it's nearly impossible to find clothes that are desirable.  And now I can attest.  It seems like everything is a) made from synthetics (what, do kids not wear cotton past the age of 5?!) b) made to look like an 18-year-old tramp (hello, low rise jeans and camisoles with shelf bras?), or c) frumpy and ugly (I didn't say I wanted her to look like Laura Ingalls either - no offense to Laura Ingalls, I am a huge fan of the books). Oh, and affordability would be nice.  I do have THREE kids to clothe after all.

I am at my wits end. 

Okay, I just started 3 paragraphs with the word I.  My high school English teacher is rolling over in her grave.  Or at least the electric bed in her nursing home.

So as you can probably guess, I went shopping this week to clothe my 5-almost-6-year-old daughter.  I decided to go to the Philadelphia Premium Outlets because they have a plethora of kids' clothing stores as well as a Starbucks and a Coach outlet.  Could I need anything else?

First I ventured into the Limited Too for the first time in my life.  I was shocked at the price (high!) and the quality (low!)  $50 for a sparkly, thin synthetic sweater?  Some were even sorta cute, but for the price I just couldn't justify it.  I get stuff at Target that looks just as nice for half that. 

Gap is usually my go-to store, but even they left me wanting this week.  I tried Carters, Gymboree, and Osh Kosh, but all of their stuff reminded me of 1986.  I couldn't stomach it.  It's like frumpy-dump or slutbag.  Is there any in-between!?

With all the entrepreneurial moms out there, I'm surprised no one has cornered the market on this yet.  Someone's sitting on a goldmine; she just doesn't know it yet.  Necessity is the mother of invention, after all.  I'm constantly amazed at the clever inventions women have made into small (or large) businesses when they saw a need and decided to fill it.

So here you go.  An idea for the taking.  I'd do it myself, but I haven't got an inventive bone in my body.  I'm just the old biddy who sits around and complains about everything that's wrong with the world waiting for someone else to fix it.


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