I’ve got a confession – before having Eddie I was a bit of a second hand snob! I hardly ever purchased clothes from charity shops or nearly new sales, and wouldn’t have even thought of buying anything for the house from them. It’s not that I thought they were bad or dirty, I guess I had the cash and always wanted things shiny and new!
Well that has certainly changed now we have our little Eddie-munchkin. Maternity leave lack of pay has hit us hard. AND we’ve still got another 7 months to go until we’re back to being a two salary household….. AND even then we’ll have an astonishingly huge amount to pay for nursery. (seriously – astonishing! how anyone can afford to go back to work when they have two children amazes me).
So I decided to go to a maternity & baby nearly new sale with a friend last weekend… I wasn’t sure what to expect – but the mahoosive queue outside was a surprise! Speaking to a few people they advised to get it clear in our heads what we needed – and then browse for other stuff. Ok… activity table for me and jumperoo for my friend – and we were off…
Once in the hall, I was AMAZED at the amount of baby stuff in there – clothes, toys, cots, prams, maternity clothes, books – the lot! I spotted an activity table for £4 and grabbed it, thinking that it was cheap and I’d put up with any damage….. but there was no damage at all! I then went on to have a rummage through the clothes and got a beautiful pram suit without a mark on it, and also nabbed some clothes, small toys and lovely childrens books. All in all, I spent about £28 on what would have cost me over £140 new! Bargain bargain bargain!
I’m crying a little inside about the money I spent on new things before Eddie was born – and what I could have saved on bigger items like the moses basket and pushchair.
Since then I’ve joined two local facebook groups (Kiddibits being one of them) of mums selling second hand items – and have managed to bag a jumperoo with RRP of £120 for £20 and a travel cot with RRP of £140 for £35.
All in all, I am thoroughly impressed with the second hand items out there – yes you have to search a bit to find what you want, and invest in some antibacterial wipes (just in case!) but there are mega savings to be had… guilt free shopping (well, nearly!)
Will I buy new again? most probably – but not without checking the local nearly new sale first to see if I can get it cheaper!! xxx