(Closed) where to find fairly cheap baby items?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
4437 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@akelle13:  My mom picks up gently used baby items at garage sales for friends of ours in similar situations, you could try to find a second hand store in your area that specializes in kids clothes also.

If you’d rather not go the 2nd hand route I’d just say get acquainted with the clearance areas of your favorite department stores.  I used to work at Younkers/Bon Ton and they have great deals on clearance baby clothes!

Post # 5
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve found some good deals on craigslist- the key is to shop ahead though so you can wait for the best price to show up.  I’ve also gotten a lot of baby clothes at goodwill and local thrift stores.  Babies grow so fast that they end up wearing outfits just a few times before its too small so you can find a lot of nearly new items in a thrift store. Once upon a child is a nationwide second hand kids clothing store that has pretty good prices if you have one in the area.  Also search for consignment sales.  Most areas have at least one or two big ones a year where you can get some good deals.  

Post # 7
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would look for mom to mom sales, thrift stores, and amazon.com!

Post # 8
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Thrift stores

Post # 9
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I second consignment sales – a lot of places hold them once or twice a year and my friends have gotten great buys! Also Craigslist and Amazon. DH and I went to Carters over the weekend and got tons of clothes for a great price too – I think some of the outfits we bought were like $2-3 apiece!

Post # 10
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve had great luck at actual children’s consignment stores. All of the ones in my area are super picky about what they’ll accept so the quality is very good (no stains, worn areas, fugly home-made from Aunt So-and-So, etc.) and a brand-name onesie that would be $30 retail is $8-10 in basically new condition. I’ve found lots of new things that people traded in because they didn’t like it or never used it by the time their child grew out of it.

Most of them also have new and used gear like feeding pillows, baths, bedding, decorations, strollers, playpens, high chairs, toys, books, infant carriers, and more.

The only things I won’t buy used are carseats, cribs, breast pumps, and cloth diapers (they have to be properly cared for to last).

Another money-saving tip is to not buy “official” baby furniture like dressers, changing tables, etc. All you really need is a place for them to sleep and a changing pad to plunk on top of any semi-tall dresser you currently own or buy used. Actual baby furniture is often cheaply made but very expensive, even the stuff from Pottery Barn has cheap-o drawer slides, I was really surprised!

Post # 11
2944 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Also try freecycle.org. You need to sign up for your specific area, and it’s really hit or miss. Once you get signed up, you can put out a request for any baby items that people may have lying around but no longer need. Cheers!

Post # 12
280 posts
Helper bee

check and see if your area has a FB “swap” group its basically a big garage sale one of my friends just sold so much stuff it was insane and while she didn’t make as much off of it as she may have liked there were a lot of happy lower income mamas

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