Post # 1
Darling Husband and I have ended up the temporary parents of my 2yo niece until her parents get back on their feet. We already know we will have them for Christmas. I found out last week I am pregnant. I am 6w2d.
Our budget has shrunk thanks to our niece. We love her but her when we got her she had nothing. We had to buy clothing for her, shoes, and move into a larger apartment per our lease.
Now BabySailor is on the way! However Im thinking of buyiing the bassinet, crib, clothing, and gear at a consignment shop. Is anyone else doing that? For our potential registry, all I wanted was diapers, whipes, baby cleaning supplies, and baby detergent.
Post # 3
Cosignment is great, the only thingk I would make sure you steer clear of is a used carseat. This is something that MUST be bought new.
Congrats on your pregnancy and also good for you for looking after your niece!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens
I plan on doing the same! I just found a great consignment shop near my house, and picked up some clothing already (I’m 20 weeks along).
They had some strollers for a great deal that I want to look at again. But like @urchin: said, we’ll be getting the carseat new.
Post # 5
@urchin: Thank you for telling me that! What about booster seats? Can they be used?
Post # 6
I’d only buy a crib second hand if you can research the particular model first to make sure there are no recalls on it. There have been issues in the past with slats being too far apart and such. And definitely buy a new mattress for it.
Post # 7
@LuvMySailor: No they should not be, those should be new. That is one of the things that always should be purchased new
Post # 8
Hi! I work at a baby/children’s resale shop!
If you’re buying a crib make sure it was manufactured (not purchased) after June 28, 2011. That is when the new crib “standards” went into effect. Anything before that is supposed to be “tested” to make sure it is good. The way cpsc words it is that testing usually ruin’s cribs thus deeming them unusable. We stopped carrying them all together because of the hassle.
Also, we check everything for recalls when it comes it however we make it very clear it is not our sole responsibility. We are human and can make mistakes too. I always encourage customers to take the model number home and check themselves. Usually you just need the model number and manufacture date. I’d ask if they can put stuff on hold for a short amount of time to check. (we do 24 hour holds)
Generally though our items are 50% or more off regular retail! We only take super clean properly working items and have saved thousands of mom’s tons of money! If you have any other questions feel free to ask me!
Post # 9
Carseats should be purchased new and a lot of resale shops in my area won’t accept cribs. I think you find a newer used crib it would be fine as long as you know it hasn’t been recalled. But nothing from when we were kids since the safety regulations have changed so much (no drop sides). My Darling Husband bought everything we could used!
Post # 10
I’m in love with consignment shops! …as well as garage sales. We did buy our travel system and crib new but some things we bought used were: Dresser, found a rocker for free, tons of clothes, bumbo, swing, jumperoo, tons of books, a couple toys…I have found things that don’t even look like they are touched, and some things with the tags still on! You can’t beat it 🙂
Post # 11
Thank you all for your help!!
Post # 12
@mmr66: Thank you soo much!
Post # 13
I have bought the majority of stuff for my son (now 15 months) from a local used baby/kids/maternity store. I bought most of my maternity clothes there, and every piece of clothing that wasn’t gifted to DS for the last 15 months. I also bought his exersaucer and bouncer there.
It is an amazing way to save money on items that cost a fortune and have a very short lifespan.
Carseats (including boosters) need to be bought new. Or see if a friend of family member you trust has one you can borrow/buy. There are good cheaper options out there though. There might be some places you can find a newer used crib, especially as you get closer to your due date, but keep in mind that a cheap (new) crib will be just as good as an expensive one.
Post # 14
I haven’t purchased much from consignment shops, but I do shop at consignment sales that are held every few months in cities near me. I love it! You can buy gently used clothes, shoes, toys, gear and much more at a fraction of the cost of new. You should look up consignment sales near you; You’ll be hooked!
Post # 15
I’m nowhere near this stage but definitely think that buying 2nd hand is a great idea.
I have a question though, why must car seats be new? Is it because they are fabric so it’s the same reasons as to why you should buy a new mattress? Or is there another reason?
Post # 16
@Everdeen: Carseats have to be bought new because you can’t gaurantee that they haven’t been involved in a car accident. If they have, they are defunct and need to be replaced. Similar to motorcycle helmets and hard hats, the safety they provide is compromised greatly by falls/drops/accidents.