My girl’s almost 4 and now growing like a beansprout.
We went to Chiayi over the weekend and had time to kill in Taichung, so my wife dragged us into Shinkong Mitsukushi to buy some kid’s pants. It was a real eye opener. There were a few cheap and tacky looking pairs for NT$1500 or so, but otherwise virtually every pair in the store was between NT$2000 and NT$2500. That’s US$60 or $70 for a pair of pants that she’ll outgrow in 6 months. And most of them looked like crap anyway.
Fortunately, my wife also recognized the insanity of the situation, so we walked out empty-handed. And god must be looking out for us, because the next day her sisters presented us with a huge bag of perfectly decent hand-me-downs from the 5 and 6 year old cousins. Sure, by age 16 no one wants to wear a bunch of hand-me-downs, but at age 4 they might as well be brand new. Our girl’s perfectly happy with them and so am I.
But if one doesn’t have a source of hand-me-downs in Taiwan, it would really suck buying kid’s clothes here. The local stuff is all polyester and emblazoned with too many giant counterfeit Minnie Mouse, Betty Boop, Hello Kittys, and the department store stuff is priced like gold.
So I finally understand why every time we go to the US my wife demands that we seriously stock up on children’s clothes. Taiwan apparently has nothing comparable, but in the US there are plenty of stores that sell good, decent looking, cotton, and even brand name, clothes very cheap – stores like JP Penney, Target, Marshalls, factory outlet stores, etc. Every time we go we’ll score lots of pieces of clothes for $5 - $10 each, or about 10-20% of the price in Taiwan.
Have others had the same experience?