My obsession with thrifting/garage-saling/craigslist-ing could be considered a disease. There’s something so thrilling about browsing other people’s unwanted used items. I cannot explain it. and Nick is a little annoyed by it.
BUT… in my defense: finding bargain furniture has contributed some to our income.
Annnnnnnnnnd, not only that, we’re able to purchase baby items that would otherwise cost a fortune. Some things you HAVE to have for your baby. But some things aren’t entirely necessary, but definitely make your life a lot easier.
I give you Exhibit A
We bought this well-loved-but-still-in-great-condition double jogging stroller for $20. Not because I want to go jogging, but because it allows us to take the girls on walks around our acreage on the grass and along our nature trail (since we don’t have sidewalks within 3 miles of our house). Every night after supper, we go for a walk as a family before the girls go to bed. That time is priceless. This stroller will likely never leave the acreage (it’s not exactly handy to throw in the trunk for a trip to the store), except maybe to go camping with the fam this summer. I call it ‘the mountain bike of strollers’. You can’t go off-roading in any ol’ stroller!
Twin garage sales are the best. We found these matching Little Tykes swings for $5 each, and have allowed the girls hours of outdoor entertainment. It’s amazing how simple little things can bring such joy.
I’m not one to dress the girls all matchy (obviously)… but one item I wanted matching are the girls’ highchairs. They’re going to be a permanent fixture in our kitchen/dining room design for quite awhile, and I just didn’t want two totally different high chairs, ok? Geez! We fed the girls in their Bumbos for a good long time while I kept my little eye out for two matchy highchairs. And wouldn’t you know it, I found some on craigslist for $20 each! They’re on the older side, but I like that they’re neutral-ish, and kinda vintage feeling. They’re in great shape… and not only do they make mealtime a LOT easier, they allow me to have the girls in the kitchen with me when I’m cooking or baking cookies! They love to help, and chew on utensils. For those that are wondering, Paisley no longer does this. She figured out how to get the puffs in her mouth! …crazy girl.
And finally, Exhibit D
These Britax Marathon carseats are the Cadillac of carseats. When it comes to safety, we’re not ones to cut corners. So when I found these, I was overjoyed! I talked this lady down to $50 each… when they cost upwards of $250 brand new EACH! I made sure to do my research on expiration dates and whatnot. And I’m so happy to get these suckers installed in the Jeep! The girls look like toddlers hanging out of their tiny infant seats. “fat guy in a little coat” …Bahahaha!
So my ‘obsession’ with thrifting/garage-saling/craigslist-ing is totally paying off! All this stuff would have cost us close to $1,000 brand new. But what’s wrong with taking advantage of other peoples’ cast-offs?! Have you guys found any incredible bargains recently?