What a great, busy weekend!
Deal # 1: Nicholas and I went to a swap meet on Saturday morning and found a great umbrella stroller – an Avalon Capri – that is halfway between an umbrella stroller and our full-size stroller. I’ve done some research and found that it cost about $100 new, so we got a great deal at $40 (it’s in almost new condition). We’ve already used it a few times and is it ever handy! Obviously not meant for the long trips, but great for the short ones. Best features: good-sized basket, 5-point harness (can switch to 3-point in the future), and 3 recline positions.
Deal # 2: Also at the swap meet … I found Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee for $2! It’s a great little book full of silly poems for kids … and some even have a very Canadian component to them. Example: “With a bump on your thumb, and a thump on your bum, and tickle my tum in Toronto”.
Deal # 3: During the Coquitlam City-Wide Garage Sale, I found a Fisher Price activity table … best deal of the weekend … $3 (but I gave them $5, because they were raising money for their Relay for Life team). I think the table looks like fun – hope Nicholas feels the same way.
Deal # 4: I’ve been struggling to find a diaper bag that really works for me – one that allows me to carry stuff for both Nicholas and I, without being as big as a suitcase. We’ve tried 3 so far, plus the regular knapsack, and while Patrick has found the one he likes best, I was still looking. Found it for $10 – it’s got a huge change pad, can be worn as a backpack or over the shoulder or carried by the handle, and is the perfect size for carrying both our stuff.
Other good deals found at the garage sales and swap meet: leather lace-up shoes for Nicholas ($3), bug slippers for mummy ($2), hats for mummy ($2), indoor water fountain (free).
Over Easter (I forgot to mention this in the Easter post), we found a really great exersaucer for $25 ($100 new) – Nicholas loves it!
We’ve been lucky to do so well with our secondhand shopping. I’m glad that we’re doing all our baby shopping this way, both because it’s cheaper (so we can manage a little more comfortably) and because we’re helping the environment by reusing existing goods. Yes, it takes a little more effort, but it’s worth it. I’ll have to sit in the bathroom and scrub the new toys in the tub, so I really hope Nicholas enjoys them.
Now to look for more clothes AGAIN – he’s moving into the 24 month size already (and he’s not quite 9 months yet)! Lesson I’ve learned – don’t try to be organized by buying clothes in advance, because you have no idea how much he’ll change in size before it’s time to wear them.