I like new…new supplies, new clothes, new shoes, and new car smell. The excitement of knowing I am the first person to use, wear, drive the item gives me a thrill. So now I’m pregnant and there is a whole lot of new to buy. Imagine my initial excitement at all the new items I would be buying…and then I began to really look at the prices of all these new baby items and thought holy, moly!! Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve paid attention to articles they have every year about how much it cost to raise a child but you throw in items they don’t need but I (as a parent) want and it goes from jaw-dropping to head hurting!! And then on top of that I will need a few maternity items before baby even arrives. Yikes, my poor husband will have to work overtime to accommodate my tastes, wants and needs.
But then I took a step back and began to think…does everything I buy need to be new? Yes, this will be our first bundle of joy and who wouldn’t want everything new and shiny? Don’t they deserve that? Second-hand is usually reserved for kids 2, 3, etc. Mostly because everything is so expensive and who has space for two of everything? Or even has space for it?
So I’ve given it some thought and have decided there are two things that can be used and I won’t really mind. The first is maternity wear. While I will buy a few new things, I will gladly take items that friends have that they know they won’t wear. ((Patty)) I also am a fond fan of eBay, which is a bad, bad place, but a great place to look for higher priced items that may have been worn once or twice. Or that people bought and decided they didn’t want or like. I really imagine pregnancy would have me glowing and looking like Angelina Jolie or Halle Berry, but our budget doesn’t accommodate their looks. And my body is far from either of their types.
The second item is the extremely important infant seat. I want a brand that I think would be considered higher end, I just don’t want to shell out over 200$ for it to be used 6 months. You wash the seat cover and voila, good as new. And yes, I’ve already actually bid on a few on eBay. Would anyone be surprised if I said there was one currently sitting in my living room? I’m not saying there is…but there could be.
Of course this is about as far as I’ve gotten but I know there has to be more items that I can look for that won’t hurt if they are used and in excellent condition. Any suggestions?
And for the record…clothing will be new until baby is a bit older, because we can’t wait to buy newborn and infant clothing. And we know the grandparents won’t be able to wait either! But once they hit toddler time…I will be all about looking for items in what eBay calls EUC…because I never said I wasn’t thrifty.