You’re pregnant with your first baby and your stoked on your first trip shopping for baby items. You walk into the store and instantly you find “THE” stroller… but, then you see the price tag. You then walk further into the store and find the comfiest rocking chair… but, then you see the price tag. Then you walk to the back of the store to the clearance section and find the cutest quilt set for the nursery… but, then you see the price tag.
Being a first time parent shocks you when you first realize how much all of the baby necessities cost. This is why I started buying second hand.
In the first year baby’s grow so darn quick and people buy you so much stuff for when they are teeny tiny that it honestly is a struggle to get your baby to even wear everything once before they grow out of it. Luckily, lots of people had given me this heads up and I saved so much money not buying a bunch of the teeny tiny stuff (even though it is so tempting because it is so cute). All the newborn clothes I got for Jace, minus two sleepers, were all used and I got all of them for under $40 even though they were practically brand new. Your baby is not the only baby that is going to grow out of clothes insanely fast and for this reason half the second hand stuff you buy for the first year is most likely going to be in pretty good, if not brand new, condition.
When I was pregnant with Jace, I tamed my excitement for his arrival by shopping but luckily I found a way to do this that actually saved us money, while still having all the necessities, plus some. In the area we live in there are Facebook groups for “bidding wars” and on said groups people post used items, state the condition, a pick up location, a starting bid price and people bid on the items in increments of at least $0.50. Each post stays active for 24 hours; so the real tactic I use if I see something for a really good deal that we need, I set timers on my phone and then count down the last minute to ensure I am the last bid to win. I have won so many items this way for Jace and still use this on the daily to get anything we are needing. This is how we got Jace’s bouncer chair, we got a good majority of Jace’s clothes and toys this way – and still do, his toy box, his dressers that look like tool boxes, and even his car toddler bed.
In addition to using the bidding sites I love going into the thrift stores and second hand stores on a regular basis to check out the revolving stock they have. I am also on an email list for the children’s second hand store in our area to be aware when clear out sales are on. Another thing I love about buying second hand is when you find an awesome deal on something that is usually outrageously expensive – it literally makes you feel so much more satisfied and it is a lot more fun knowing you got it for a way cheaper price than buying brand new.
Thrifting is also a great way to recycle clothes, baby items, toys, and even household items and furniture that are still in great condition and can be reused. Call me cheap, but why would you go out and pay double the price on something you can buy used that is still in practically brand new condition?
Do you like “thrifting” and buying second hand? Why or why not? I would love to hear from you and get your perspective! Make sure you comment, send me a message through the “contact me” page, or check out my Instagram “adventuresofthegroots” and personal message me there.
Well, I am off to jump in to bed for a nice relaxing evening. Make sure you stay tuned for some more struggles, chaos & fun from this Mediocre Mommy! ❤