This year a parent saw that I was missing a few smocks while she was helping with a (very rare) whole-group painting project. She offered to send in a few old shirts from home. I gladly took her up on the offer (as I said, this is not something that usually bothers me, but I'm not going to refuse a solution to my problem!)
I was expecting this beloved mom to dig through and send some of her husband's junkie t-shirts to school (which would have been just fine.) You can imagine my surprise and delight when these ADORABLE paint smocks were sent in to school a few days later.
Instead of sending her husband's ratty old shirts, she dug through her closet and found much prettier t-shirts that were HER old clothes. She even embroidered them to be personalized with my name. So precious! I know embroidery is a hobby of hers and the t-shirts were not anything of great value to her, but they are among my most-prized classroom items.