Julia Roberts may be a multimillionaire, but she’s also a mom who knows the value of a good bargain.
The National Enquirer (as reported by Celebitchy) says that despite her considerable wealth, Julia prefers not to splurge when it comes to shopping for kids’ clothes.
“Julia loves hitting the Goodwill and consignment stores in New Mexico and Arizona,” says the (of course) unnamed source. “She’ll go almost anywhere in search of a good deal!”
The article goes on to say that when Julia, husband Danny Moder and children Henry, Hazel and Phinnaeus are staying at their ranch in Taos, she’ll take the kids out for a day of shopping for vintage (don’t call it “used”) clothing.
And to that I say: brava!
Who says a star – or anyone, for that matter – has to spend her millions to deck her kids out in the latest designer wear? Just because Katie Holmes has practically made a career of turning Suri into a fashion plate doesn’t mean her peers have to do the same thing.
Maybe Julia’s kids are like mine. I just bought my son his third pair of sneakers in seven months because he has a talent for tearing holes in the toes and wearing the soles down to rubber nubbins. (I suspect he sneaks out at night and goes at the shoes with a jackhammer.) I don’t think my daughter has a single pair of leggings that aren’t ripped at one or both knees. And those are the clothes that they haven’t outgrown in a week. When your children are tough on their clothing, you can either spend your life screaming at them not to play so hard – or you can spare your wallet by hitting the discount shops.
Buying secondhand also teaches the Moder children some valuable lessons. Thrift is an admirable value even when money isn’t an object – and if the kids ever fall on hard times, they’ll be glad their mother showed them where the sale racks are.
They’re learning there are more important things in life than wearing junior Louboutins and Christian Audigier tees – and they’ll be less likely to tease another kid for wearing the “wrong” brand. Maybe they’ll even set an example for their label-conscious classmates.
Sorry, Enquirer. If you were trying to get me to snark on Julia for trying to save a buck or two, it’s not gonna happen. Go watch a 9-year-old drip a chocolate Mr. Softee cone on a brand-new polo shirt, and you might understand where she’s coming from.
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