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Kids clothing furniture tough to find North Alabama due shippg delays

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Kids clothing, furniture tough to find in North Alabama due to shipping delays

The supply chain disruptions are causing children clothing stores to face shortages.

Parents in North Alabama are facing another burden from the disruption in the supply chain:Clothing and furniture for babies and toddlers are taking longer to get to retailers.

Parents told WAAY 31 theyre seeing a lot less clothing in stock for kids, both online and in stores. We called around to more than 10 childrens clothing stores in Madison County and learned theyre all having a difficult time stocking various items.

Jasmine West, an employee at All About Baby, said it ends up being a guessing game for them.

You just never know what brand is going to run behind, because weve got some shipments stuck at port, she said.

She said the shipping delays in the past few months have been the worst shes seen in her four years working there. West suggested planning ahead and getting some winter clothes now, in sizes your child will wear in a couple of months.

Weve had delays in shipments, West said. Just (Wednesday), we got a box that we were supposed to get back in July.

However, a three-months-long clothing delay doesnt compare to the year-long wait for cribs and furniture.

These women are having babies, and a lot of them have to leave because we dont get the furniture in time for the baby, said West.

All About Baby has about 90% of its clothing supplies in stock, according to West.

The owner of Play it Again, Sylvia Frith, saidthe shortages that some stores are facing have driven more parents to shop at consignment stores like hers.

They grow out of (clothes) so fast, and then when the babies are born, you know, theyll come in and theyll be like, Ive got to get more clothes, theyre growing, she said.

Frith said the changing of seasons is when her store generally has the most in stock because people are donating what their kids no longer fit into from the previous year.

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