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Okay, so I forgot how messy having a bump is. I friend of mine offered some maternity clothing - two pieces of which are white long-sleeve Ts. If they get a stain, do I replace them? If so, I should probably just wash these, and put them away and go buy new stuff, kwim? How would handle it, and if you're loaning out stuff, what are your expectations?<br><br><br>
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I'm interested to hear other people's responses. This is my first pg and have come into lots and lots of second hand maternity clothes through my SIL and a very generous woman I hardly know. I know my SIL wants them back but I'm not sure about this other woman. She dropped them off at the house when I was out and I haven't seen her since. I was going to write a thank you note but I'm not sure how to keep all these clothes seperate (there are a ton!) to return them later. I guess I'll just try. It's a bit of an awkward situation.<br>
What are the expectations around giving or lending maternity clothes? When do you know if you are receiving them for temporary use or for keeps?
 

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to keep the clothes straight, i would take a sharpie and mark a 'I' on all the clothes tags from one person, and a 'II' from all the clothes tags from the other.<br><br>
as for keeping stains off, well, i'd recommend diligent stain treating.<br><br>
if an item is stained, then i'd offer to replace it with a similar piece.<br><br>
hth<br><br>
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to avoid the whole issue i'd wear tshirts over the long sleeved tops. white is impossible when pregnant, i wouldn't be able to keep them stain-free, but layered they'd be great.
 

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Bleaching white T's can be great (if they can be washed that way) for when you give them back. Or, if you really don't want to do that, and you don't think you can wear them without staining them... don't wear them!<br><br>
I've gotten some second-hand maternity clothes too, and I usually sort them into "I could wear that" and "I wouldn't be caught dead in that," then I'll give them all back at the end. I don't need to tell the giver that I really don't like her taste of clothes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I don't lend, I give. I just don't think it makes sense to expect someone to keep everything seperated and perfectly clean, etc. When I was pregnant with my first I had several people insist that I take their maternity clothes off their hands - one friend even brought it to my car and stuffed it in my trunk as I was saying no thanks. She also said she wanted them back. I never wore the stuff because I didn't want the headache of worrying about stains, what belongs to who, losing items, rips, etc.<br><br>
If I need it for future pregnancies, I keep it boxed. I'm done having babies and almost everything has been given away <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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A friend of mine loaned me all of her maternity clothes this time. I hadn't saved anything from the last pregnancy, because I really wore everything out. I have already ruined two of her shirts! One t.shirt, I spilled a couple drops of bleach on and I ruined a tank top in the dryer. Luckily, they were simple styles that are easily replaced at Target. I bought a couple similar shirts that I plan on putting in the box back to her, as well as some other extras that I've bought. I figure she won't mind if she gets some extra stuff back, especially since we have similar taste. That's how I plan on doing it.
 

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I lend and tell them it's supposed to be worn. Take care of it as best they can. If something happens to it, that's life.<br><br>
It is so hard to find maternity clothes here that fit. Asian sizes are too narrow across the butt and shoulders and fit about a B cup.<br><br>
I was lent (Western sizes) clothes from 3 different people, so as I got them (and I asked first) I put their initials in the tag. If they didn't want them back, I put in my initials.<br><br>
I now have 4 huge boxes of maternity clothes. Most were originally mine but a lot are not. I'm the lending library now.
 
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