I have a close friend who is going to have a baby in August. She and her husband are *really* short on money and already have one child. He's 5 and they no longer have any of his stuff.
Does anyone have any idea where we can get really cheap baby stuff besides ebay? I'm looking for things like baby wash, washcloths (I'm considering crocheting some of those), onesies and such like that. Any sort of baby clearinghouse on the web?
Another friend and I are planning to use $10 each per month to buy her necessities. I want to try to stretch it as far as I can.
I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks guys!
P.S. Anyone want to sell some leftover baby stuff? Let me know.
Last edited by memphisluvr : 03-25-03 at 11:32 PM.
I would hit the consignment shops. We have a chain type store here in NC called Once Upon A Child. You might look for stores like these in your area. Usually, they only take in stuff that is in good condition. Some of it is like new. My next suggestion would be Goodwill or Salvation Army types stores. Find out what days they put out new donations and be there on those days to get the best articles. They best place that I found to find good quality, low price baby stuff was yard sales in middle and upperclass neighborhoods. Here, you can get baby wash cloths for 10 to 25 cents a piece. Onesies go for anywhere from .25 to a dollar a piece. Many outfits won't be more than 4 or 5 bucks a piece, many are a lot cheaper. You are coming into the right time of year to hit yard sales on Sat mornings. If you aren't into such sales then the best advice that I can give you is to watch the paper on Friday, get the new paper first thing Sat morning, make a plan on which route to take and get their very early! Good Luck and happy bargain hunting! Personally I loved shopping for baby clothes and when you can get nice stuff really cheap it's even better!
One more thing, be very careful about the swings, car seats or beds that you might find at yardsales. Some of them may have been recalled and the owner just never turned them in. I know that there is a website where you can check model numbers of items that have been recalled. I'm sorry, I don't know what it is but I'm sure with a little research, you can find it. Carry a list of recalled items with you so that you will know before you buy!
i don't know of any web sites, but the local churches have big baby sales a couple of times a year. the parishoners donate their slightly worn baby items (clothes, toys, etc) and the proceeds from the sale benefit the church. they also have special sales for twins.