I have always been pretty thrifty when it comes to buying things, and like to shop around and grab a bargain. Since having children I have definitely become more aware of how much things costs and how little they Unless its damaged I generally wont throw it out.
As the second child Bear gets a lot of hand me downs. I guess that’s the nature of not being the first born, the further down the siblings list the more hand me downs you get. In fact Mop Top gets a lot of hand me downs too, as her cousin is a year older, so we get a few bits there to.
Not so much with my first but definitely when I had Bear, I joined lots of local selling groups and noticed people selling clothes in excellent condition. I have brought bits from these sites with label still on and half the price! I brought a bundle of boys next clothes once for £15 it had about 20 items in there, such a bargain. The speed they grow it is ideal. I have to say I do only buy excellent condition and only if they are from good quality shops.
Now we are at my parents, it is very apparent how much stuff we have… clothes, buggies, toys the list goes on. So when I saw a local Baby and Children’s sale I thought it would be a good idea to try and sell a few bits on. I contact Lydia from Baby & Children’s Market who was running an event in East Peckham, not too far from us.
A table was £12, and it was a 2 hour sale which I thought was much better than a boot fair when you need to be there at the crack of dawn all day. I spent a good few evenings sorting, ironing and pricing everything. Two things I realised was wow our kids had lots of clothes and secondly they were so small! you forget that, even 6 months on.
Anyway off I went for two hours to recycle some of our old bits and pieces. I had taken a Phil and Teds double buggy with me, as we had previously tried to get rid of it on multiple selling sites with no luck. Actually another seller came up to me and said she hadn’t brought hers because it probably wouldn’t sell. Well a lady came to my table and it turns out her daughter in law wanted the exact one. So after a few phone calls back and forth and a trip to the cash machine she brought it for a bargain price. I sold lots of Mop Tops gorgeous dresses, and other bits, all for bargain prices, some only worn 1-2 times. In fact in total I sold £160 worth in two hours!! It was pretty lucky I went by my self, otherwise I probably would have gone round the other stalls and spent all our profit. Baby and children’s things are always in such good condition, and I think as long as its clean then why not buy second hand.
I will definitely do another sale soon, as we still have lots to get rid of, and if I can help out another mummy with some second hand items then job done!
I appreciate some people only want new items for their children and probably with your first you tend to want everything brand new. But the quality in which most clothes, toys and items are made and the little time children use them, most second hand items are like new anyway. It is safe to say I am all for second hand purchases and will continue to look out for bargains.
I think reusing, recycling and reselling is the way forward!