When I found out I was pregnant, I was so excited to shop, shop, shop! I couldn't leave Target without at least buying one thing for baby. I didn't know if E was a boy or girl so I had to buy gender neutral things. That was probably a good thing. If I knew the gender of the baby, I’m sure I would have went overboard with pinks or blues. The thought never occurred to me to check out thrift stores or second hand places. I never shopped at Goodwill or stopped by garage sales before, why would I start now? Because kids are expensive, that’s why. I also didn't realize how quickly babies grew. E is only 16 months old and I already have four big totes full of clothes he’s outgrown. I found I can find toys at garage sales and thrift stores so much cheaper as well. We bought E a water table for his birthday that was on sale for $30. As I've started to shop around for second hand items, I've found tons of water tables ranging from $8 - $12.
Now I’m all about the bargain hunting. I love looking through Goodwill, Once Upon a Child, and stopping at random garage sales. I've found some great things for just a few dollars. I haven’t totally converted to only buying second hand stuff. I still love looking at all the clothes when I go to Target and am still guilty of buying a cute shirt for E every now and then. But at the rate E grows out of his clothes and out grows his toys, the more things used I can get, the better. Some of my great finds are:
Jungle Gym with slide - $10 at garage sale
Nike and Stride Rite Shoes - $3 each at Goodwill
Winter coat - $15 at Once Upon a Child
Snow pants - $4 at Once Upon a Child
Books - $.25 to $.50 at garage sale
Pajamas - $3.50 each at Once Upon a Child