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Hilltown Families is hosting another Kids’ Winter Wear Swap at the Meekins Library on Saturday morning, October 26th. No need to buy new when we can reuse and swap with your friends and neighbors! Free and open to all families with children of all ages…

2 Swaps. 1 Day. Oct 13th • 9:30-11am Meekins Library • Williamsburg, MA Hilltown Families has organized two informal community swaps to happen on one day! On Saturday, Oct 13th, 2012 from 9:30-11am families with kids of all ages can bring their outgrown winter wear and Halloween costumes (& props) to swap with other families in the area in the Community Room of the Meekins Library in Williamsburg! No need to buy new… Read More

Americans spend billions and billions of dollars on kids clothes each fall in anticipation for the school year ($7.7 billion in August alone in 2011)! We asked our readers when shopping for back-to-school clothes for the upcoming school year, how can Western MA families make wise purchases? Here are 11 suggestions our readers offered… give a look-see and share your own ideas too!

Wondering what to do with old clothing that is ripped, stained or otherwise unable to donate/wear? Melissa Weinberger of Easthampton writes, “I am about to throw a huge bag of old clothing into the garbage and wondering if there’s another way. We already use a lot of old t-shirts, etc. as rags, but this is stuff that seems headed for the landfill unless there’s another option.” Thanks to Riché for recommending the… Read More

QUESTION AND ANSWERS One of our readers, an expecting mother, is looking for places in Western MA to find maternity clothes. Any recommendations? Ilyza Sarah Earle recommends: “Hens & Chicks in Greenfield of course!” Nancyjo Craig Rongner recommends: “Savers in West Springfield.” Judy Bennett recommends: “Hens & Chicks in Greenfield carries consignment clothes for women and kids, including maternity.” Jennifer Shiao Page recommends: “Salvation Army in Hadley. Second Chances in Amherst. Kids… Read More

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