When we moved from Seattle to Virginia, the cost of a moving van was so prohibitively high we decided to sell almost everything we owned and re-buy everything in Virginia. We put our entire house on Craigslist, including every piece of furniture we owned, and a large portion of clothes, toys, books. We prioritized our belongings, starting with sentimental and irreplaceable and moving on to important and necessary, fitting whatever we could into a Toyota Camry and a Mazda Protege. With all the overwhelming changes, getting pregnant again was the last thing on my mind. All the baby stuff was liquidated: sold or donated.
If I would’ve known that nine months after our move, I would’ve practically demanded to get pregnant again, and that I would’ve expected another boy, due on Gavin’s BIRTHDAY, I would’ve been a lot more selective about giving away my boy stuff.
However, there is a fabulous solution to this dilemma, that I discovered very early on. Baby stuff is quite expensive, but since most people only have two kids, you can find it used in very good condition.
I had been scouting Craigslist for some time, searching for clothes and gear. This week a local church organized a massive consignment sale, and I took the opportunity to buy all the baby stuff I thought I’d need for at least the first 6 months.
Now, my husband wasn’t thrilled when I came home, three times, with a minivan-load of baby stuff. He just couldn’t appreciate the hunt, and the success of finding hidden gems in this sale. But I’d like to share with you some of my amazing finds, in hope that you can congratulate my shopping savvy.
1. Fisher-Price Papasan Bouncer – $10
2. Baby Bjorn Active – $15
3. Baby Bjorn (I know, another one) – $5
4. Infantino Slingrider (I’ll have to try all three carriers and see which one I like the best, or maybe I’ll sell all 3 and get a Maya Wrap) – $5
5. Medela Pump in Style – $16.50
6. Medela Harmony Pump (again, I’ll compare and probably sell one) – $3.75
7. In Step Expedition Jogger Stroller (we have the double, but for this price, I thought we could use the single, too) – $13.75
8. Peg Perego Prima Pappa Diner (an older model than this link, but still my first Peg Perego item) – $15
9. Boppy 5-in-1 – $4
10. Bumbo – $14
I also bought an Easy Bake Oven and a handful of Rescue Heroes for about $10. Christopher was especially not happy about the toys, because giving children new toys on a non-holiday will spoil them rotten and ruin them for life.
Finally, I bought more than enough clothes for the first 6 months. I found the cutest little Carters jumpers and onesies, sleepers, and a few outfits. One Carters jumper will run you $6.88 at Sam’s Club, and I bought a TON at anywhere from 75 cents to 3 dollars, all in like new condition, some with tags still attached. I bought a few outfits for a little more, if they were an expensive brand or a boutique outfit. I probably don’t need quite as many baby boy clothes as I bought, but between Christopher and I, we have three recently married siblings, five still-single siblings, and two married with kids who will probably have more (and one who is done). So, when I started to go a little crazy with the clothes, I thought: Somebody will use these clothes. I will use them, and then I’ll pass them down the line.
Now, everything is being washed, wiped down, and disinfected. I must have crossed over into nesting mode, because I’m ready.
Oh, and if you’re interested, I want TWO brand new items, but have yet to convince Christopher to let me buy them because we have “plenty of time!”
1. This Pack n Play (because we’re not buying a crib/changing table until Atlanta)
2. This rocking chair