Hi Friends! This is a guest post from Sammy aka Bargain Baglady! Enjoy!
Hey guys! Just wanted to say a quick thank you to Kristen for having me over on her gorgeous blog, it’s a pleasure to be here 🙂
Now if you’ve never visited Bargain Baglady before, (you should it’s kind of cool ). You’ll notice the lack of family-like thrifting tips. I’m still in my mid-twenties and childless, so my thrifting priorities are different at this point in time.
However, I think when it comes to buying thrifted items for your child, you have to tread lightly. The reason I say this, is because these are your babies I’m talking about. We want to buy things for them that can nurture and help them grow, things of good quality and 100% intact. We do not breakable items they can eat in a heartbeat or cute tops with moth holes in them.
Here come my top tips for thrifting for your child!
Only buy new or near new quality clothing:
I say this because buying new clothes for your baby/child have never been so cheap. Stores like Kmart and Target pretty much out-beat any thrift store on its price of clothing these days (In Australia they do, anyway.) So if you are thrifting clothing make sure its near new/NWT or still has tags on it, and under the originally bought price. That way you’re still getting a bargain with that new tag smell.
Triple check toys over before purchase:
This goes for puzzles, board games, dolls, books and any Lego like toy. I understand it may be going for 99c (YAS!), but it’s not worth bringing it home, if there was 12 pieces missing from your puzzle, or two pages of your Star Wars book are ripped out. I also wouldn’t buy used play dough, but that’s just me.
If you’re buying CDS/DVDS/Video Games, check the disc quality:
I CANNOT stress this one enough, my partner doesn’t check and he is a 25 year old man boy. The younger demographic the movie/game is, the more probable the disc could be in bad condition (kids can do all kinds of crazy things.) Again, it may only be $2, but you don’t want to bring home their favourite new movie only to discover the disc is so heavily scratched it doesn’t work. Thrift stores don’t always check these things, so be careful. (Also, your local DVD store can buff scratches out as well, if this has happened for you. My local one does it for $2 per disc.)
Finally, let your child choose more too!
One thing I remember fondly was my Mum used to let me choose a lot of Barbies to bring home from thrifting and I used to smile from cheek to cheek. I think when it comes to toys, books, clothes and shoes; why not give a little lean way? This way it also gets your child to indulge in their individuality and personality more.
What are you best tips for thrifting for your child? Do you agree with any on the list?
Thanks for having me again, Kristen; it’s been a real pleasure. You can catch Kristen over on my blog as well, just click here!