TBT: Used Baby Gear

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Just as good or not good enough?

I’ve always been a bigger fan of “Reusing” than “Reducing” and “Recycling”. I’m not the only thriftstore bargin hunter and garage-salers at The Green Baby Guide, so I combed through the archives for the best posts on used baby gear.

The Thrift Store Thrill

Used Clothing: How Safe is It?

Low Cost Children’s Presents: Getting Creative With Thrift Store Gifts for Kids

Digging for Tightwad Treasures at Outlet Thrift Stores

The Thrill of Thrift Shopping

The Best Place to Buy Used Gear: A Consignment Shop!

Are Secondhand Baby Clothes Greener than Organic Ones?

Garage Sale Gift Shopping

Garage Sale Shopping for Baby Clothes
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Easy Garage Sale Shopping With Baby

Some people claim that garage sale shopping is just too labor intensive, especially with a tot in tow, but it can be easy if you do most of your work before you leave the house.  Check last week’s post for all the reasons that hitting yard sales is best for your pocketbook and the planet.

garage sale for kidsThink Big. Since shopping with a little one is tough, focus on large events such as multi-family, church, or charity garage sales. They’ll save you driving time and help you see a larger selection all at once.  If you can’t find a big sale, try to find several small sales in one area, looking specifically for those that feature children’s clothing. We often opt for areas of town that are known to be wealthy since those sales usually have good quality merchandise and the owners are willing to part with it for less. Print out Mapquest directions ahead of time instead of trying to follow random cardboard signs and make sure you have small bills and change as you head out the door.

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Garage Sale Shopping for Baby Clothes

Your family and friends may find it tacky to search tag sale tables for tiny outfits, but I personally think it’s budget-friendly, earth-friendly and a bit adventurous.   Plus it gives you the chance to meet people in your community and pick up a thrifty toy or two.

garage sale shopping for babyAt a recent garage sale, we scored four high quality shirts for my son all for fifty cents apiece—plus a Ralph Lauren down winter jacket for a few bucks. Since he’s nearly three, my son will most likely be able to wear those clothes all winter long, but my baby stays in her clothes for a matter of weeks.  Spending fifteen to twenty dollars on just one piece of infant clothing means that some parents pay five dollars or more per use.  Imagine how the expense (or the savings) adds up over the course of your child’s first few years!
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