Ok, so maybe you're reading this from the comfort of your home many, many miles away from New Jersey, but I just had to mention the local consignment sale that comes to this area twice a year. I started shopping there several years ago when my daughters were much younger and found that they carried very gently used "stuff" that was waaaaay below retail price. After spending quite a bit of money on my great finds, I decided I should also try becoming a consigner myself to make up some of the money I spend each year. Well, I have been doing so the past 4-5 years. So what does this have to do with anything worth blogging about? Well, it makes me happy that I am doing my part to live a greener lifestyle. Not only am I saving tons of money on things that I need for the kids, but I'm also able to "splurge" and let them get something frivolous that I never would have allowed at full price. Case in point, the 3D Pictionary game that my daughters just had to have this time around. No way would I have agreed to it at the retail price of $35, but for $12, I let it slide. And for the boy? Well, he got himself one, rad kitchen for a mere $15. Hopefully, he'll learn to cook for real someday and make someone very happy!
So there are probably some new Moms out there that wouldn't think of buying anything "used" for their new, bouncing, bundles of joy (hey, that was ME just a mere eleven years ago), but let me tell you, by the time kid #3 rolls around, you get over that really quick! When DS was born 2 years ago (7 years after my youngest at the time), I made out like a bandit when it came to getting the essentials like playpens, bouncy chairs, high chairs, exersaucers (YES-they are essential) and toys. Everything I bought was in perfect condition and the best part was that when dear 'ol Adam outgrew it, I could sell it BACK at the next consignment! And wouldn't you know it, the Grands wanted to get us the "big" stuff, like our crib and dresser, so that worked out for us, too.
So, if you're looking to lead a greener lifestyle and aren't quite ready to take the plunge in a major way, then consider visiting a local consignment store for some of your family's necessities. You'll find great deals and save a boatload of cash to boot. Wow, after typing that sentence, now I'm thinking I could have blogged about boats or boots. Oh well...
Now, before I go, I can't help but give out a BIG shout out to my daughter, Leena, for BLASTING her science fair project right out of the universe last night. Way to go, baby. You worked hard and we're all proud of you!
- Hi. I"m living in the Northeast with my supportive hubby, 2 great girls and toddler son. I run a home based business around scrapbooking and rubber stamping and love everything about those crafts! I also work p/t as a Physician Assistant in Internal Medicine...back after a 10 year hiatus to take care of the kids--loving that, too!