Yes: 'My children aren't bothered by wearing pre-loved clothes'
Twice Smitten founders Cathy Slattery and Samantha Brigg – who have seven children between them – host pre-loved designer kids' clothing sales.
Mum-of-four Samantha says: "Twice Smitten came about after Cathy and I were left facing a growing collection of our own children's outgrown clothes.
"Many of the items were either new or as good as. So we decided to set up an event where other parents could buy and sell pre-loved designer kids' clothing for children up to the age of 12.
"The response so far has been amazing, and you wouldn't believe what people have stashed in boxes under their bed.
"We have brand new Baby Dior, Ralph Lauren and Chloé for half the original price. My children Honor (12), Tom (8), Clara (5) and Georgia (2) have always worn pre-loved clothes – and aren't at all bothered by it.
"Kids grow out of their clothes so quickly, it's scary! It's great to be able to offer parents a fashionable, affordable alternative."
Mum-of-three Cathy says: "Most parents will put their children in pre-loved clothes at some stage. My girls Isabelle (5), Lulu (3) and Ellis (2) happily wear clothes given to me by family members.
"In fact, the eldest Isabelle gets really excited when I tell her we have just gotten 'new' clothes from Auntie Elaine.
"She dives straight into the bag to try everything on and parades around the kitchen putting on a mini fashion show!
"At Twice Smitten, we prefer to use the term 'pre-loved' to 'second-hand' because it's a more accurate description of what we do.
"As mums, we are very particular about the quality of clothing we accept – checking for wear, stains or missing buttons.
"We don't accept cheaper high street or supermarket brands either. The recession has been tough on all of us – but there's no reason why our kids shouldn't still look great."