DO YOU BUY THINGS FOR YOUR BABY FROM THRIFT SHOPS,GOODWILL, GARAGE SALES, ETC.

Carla - posted on 04/13/2010 ( 84 moms have responded )

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How do you feel about buying things like clothes, toys bedding, accessories for your baby from Thrift stores, and or Garage Sales?

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Karen Sue - posted on 04/15/2010

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I buy my lil one's clothes secondhand... I think it's a great way to get more for less, and to get what she needs w/o the rest of the family going without. I am the sole breadwinner in our home at present, with two children, myself & my husband & on my wages, there's no way in the world I could afford to clothe all of us w/o buying secondhand!!

Jessica - posted on 04/13/2010

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I buy 90% of my childrens toys and clothing from "Gently Used items" stores. We have Baby and Beyond and Once Upon A child. Those kind of stores have to follow state guidelines and can not sell things that are recalled, damaged or dirty. As for Goodwills and Thrift stores, I do NOT buy things from there. (This is just my opinion on my local stores)They tend to accept anything because their merchandise is donated and free, they put out dirty and broken items just to sell them and also they sell items at new prices. I have 4 kids so I count on the 2nd hand stores, you'ld be surprised how much money you can save, and the great thing about it is when you are done using the item they sometimes buy it back.

Melany - posted on 04/22/2010

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If you mean do I buy second hand stuff then the answer is yes. I bought all new in the beginning but I found that she can be very picky with what she enjoys playing with; she grows out of clothes so fast; etc.. I think when they get to a more stble age where things stay the same longer I will buy more new stuff.

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Yes. There are some things I wouldn't purchase without the ability to pin point the exact model and age (ie play pens, crib or high chair).
Toys, clothes etc, sure. It can all be washed if I question whether or not it is sanitary.

Heather - posted on 04/13/2010

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I think it is great. I do it why pay four or five times as much to buy something new if you can get it used in good shape. As long as it is washed and disinfected I think it is fine,especially with clothes because babies don't wear their clothes long enough to wear them out as long as you wash them I think its great.

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Tanya - posted on 04/27/2010

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i think it's fine. just wash before using! baby stuff is so expensive, and gently used is still good! I just wouldn't buy furniture or things like a car seat.

Claudia A - posted on 04/27/2010

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well am a mother of a 4year old , I started to go to a car boot sale when my friend decided he was broke and needed some money.. well i was a little reluctant my hubby thought only old junks and rubbish.. but to my surprise i enjoyed goin helpin my buddy to sell .. and went shopping from the other mothers who had decent baby and toddlers clothing .. I found new clothing bedspread for my little girl .once i put those clothing on after washing them.my friends allways talking about how my daughter always look perfect.. when i told them they were in shock.. i got toys unopen bedding unopen shoes that cost fifty pounds 10 pound jimmy shu that cost £200.. so if you want to do this do it , because some times there is treasure in thrif stores and garage sales .. I love this because u find a lot of clothing and toy classy things u wont expect..

Rhonda - posted on 04/26/2010

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Heck ya I do, as long as it is things that I can propery clean before I use. I see no reason to put things in landfills when someone else can use them or spend the extra money on something new when I can get it used or discounted.

Heather - posted on 04/26/2010

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I live for thrift stores, consignment shops, garage sales, etc. If you take your time, look really good and know how to sanitize, you can find alot of things for almost next to nothing. Alot of times, I find items that are brand new. You also have to keep in mind that you need to spend most of your money on diapers & formula. I just kept remembering that my daughter will spit up, spill on, poop in, destroy, color on, throw, etc. whatever item I purchase and if she ruins it by smashing her stainable foods on it, I won't be upset because I didn't spend alot of money on it. They're kids, they only wear the clothes for so long and you have to spend so much to replace what they've grown out of. You're pocketbook will be much happier too! :)

Virginia - posted on 04/25/2010

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Definitely! We also are big fans of consignment shops and get most of her clothes/shoes at local consignment shops. It saves HUGE money!

Jaime - posted on 04/23/2010

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I love buying form thrift stores. You just have to really look at the items before purchasing. Most things are in really good shape, and it saves money. Just make sure to wash and disinfect before using!

Nadine - posted on 04/22/2010

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Its a great way to save money! Ive bought a lot of things from second hand shops and some (not alot) of garage sales. Ive bought his toddler and big boy twin bed 2nd happy and am very happy with all my purchases.

Sophia - posted on 04/22/2010

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Aside from some clothes, just because its in a thrift store, or at a garage sale doesn't mean its not any good.

Claudia - posted on 04/21/2010

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Hola Carla,



as crzy as this may sound, but i feel tht its not important whr u get ur child/ns cloth'n o th thngs tht he/she needs weithr if its frm Garage Sales, Hand-Me-Downs o evn a Thrift Store, cause i kid u not, for my baby shower i got well ovr 25+ Lawn Bags full of uni-sexed cloth'n tht still had its tags on thm =O!!!



Just keep this n mind @ all times: as long as ur child/rn hav a roof ovr thr head, a bed 2 sleep n, food n thr bellies and pleanty of possitive people n thr lives tht cn show thm lota love, u'r do'n just fine.



FYI: stay as far awy frm negativ as possible, cause it will only bring u down and kids r lik lttl sponges, cause once they see negative things, n thr lttl minds they will think tht's ok, 2 do. so just make sure tht, since ur th person tht who's n charge, U must keep them n the possitive track @ all times.



so wth tht said. i wish u th vry best of luck and keep possitive,k.



=)



claudia virginia

Lesa - posted on 04/21/2010

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YES!! I love the salvation army. Look at the clothes thoroughly and make sure nothing has been recalled....and of course wash everthing...It has saved me a lot of money.

Lisa - posted on 04/20/2010

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I buy clothes from Goodwill and garage sales for my daughter who is ten. Sometimes she goes with me and we so much fun and she finds some great clothes. I buy other things too if I can use them like for the house,decorating, etc. It is a great way to save some money!! Now I also like to find good sales at the regular stores like wal-mart, Kohls too!!

Luisa - posted on 04/20/2010

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hey as long as they still work and can be worn why not I have 2 more I have to clothe and you will be amazed on somehtings that still have the tag on.

Zowie - posted on 04/20/2010

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I say go for it! They grow up so fast and it is a lot of money to spend on stuff for your baby. My mother in law gave me two huge boxes full of baby accessories and clothes that had been donated to lifeline that were still in boxes, had tags on etc and she paid nothng for it. It was a life saver at the time. There are lots of great bargins that you come across when looking around in thrift shops and garage sales. It's worth having a look.

Debra - posted on 04/19/2010

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yes it is fine to buy from these places,matter of fact I do all times I love to yard sale.But I will not buy undies from these places that is just to gross & not good ideal for its touching a very private area that could easily get sick per say w/other people's bad hygenes.But others is ok & make sure they are cleaned 1st before letting child wear or play with.

Shannon - posted on 04/19/2010

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I used to buy baby stuff from garage sales and some thift shops. I love baby consignment stores, that way you get credit or cash for stuff you already have and most of the time consignment have great quality items.

Susan - posted on 04/19/2010

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I have 3 girls and have shopped at Thrift Stores and Garage Sales all their life. I avoid buying runners as kids wear them in even if they look new. Sunday dress shoes or sandles no problem as kids wear them for 3 months of Sunday's and then they are too small.

I caution everyone to wash everything or at least put things in the dryer on hot for 30 minutes as bed bugs and lice are my biggest fears.

Amy - posted on 04/19/2010

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A large quantity of this baby's clothes are from Children's Exchange. I bought clothes for my older son there until he out grew the sizes they carry. I have found SO MANY new or barely used brand name clothes for $3-$5. I am far more cautious on big ticket items like strollers and cribs. But clothes and some toys and books I buy second hand all the time.

Kristina - posted on 04/19/2010

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I can only afford these items from these types of stores. U just have to be careful & wash them 1st.

Miriam - posted on 04/19/2010

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Hello, I am totally for buying second hand stuff, the only thing I would be careful about and suggest not to buy is a used mattress as there is some link to mattresses that were used by a child previously and Sudden Infant Death syndrome and then there is the problem of bed bugs. As an infectious disease physician I can assure you that as long as you wash and dry all the clothes in a dryer there are NO diseases that you can get from washed clothes or toys. The bacteria/viruses you would pick up from toys you would also get from just playing and interacting with other children. So unless your children never interact with other children second hand clothes are just as good or bad as new clothes! As to the mold issue you can smell mold pretty well, so if it smells moldy don't buy it!

Tawnya - posted on 04/19/2010

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Yes, I think it is great, I am on my third and final child, I have three kids in daycare which is $1300 a month. I do not have alot of money. I only get really good quality stuff which I do have to look but, it is not such a big deal when they destroy it by eating stawberries, or getting a grass stain. Toys for sure. Just be really picky, you can find great deals. Carla and Sara are right on.

Aimee - posted on 04/19/2010

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I always thought garage sales were gross, mostly b/c of my ignorance and b/c where I grew up people did not have them. As I've gotten older, however, my friend has taught me how to garage sale and I've picked up a ton of stuff for my 2 little boys. I even got a car seat and 4 bases at a garage sale. I knew the family and their babies had just gotten out of the seat so I knew it was safe. I'm all for saving money and I've found some really good deals, not to mention nice, brand name clothes and toys.

Tanya - posted on 04/19/2010

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I do it all the time--from thrift stores, garage sales, and consignment. I just make sure to always wash clothing before wearing (as I do with new clothing as well since the chemicals on them can make you sick). Toys might want to rinse in bleach-water to disinfect, just as they do at daycares. Definitely an economical and environmentally-friendly solution to the frequent size and toy changes needed at the younger ages. There is also a company that provides a box of different toys each month so your child/ren never get tired of old toys and greatly reduces the cost of investing in the toys yourself, so you're just renting. I'm sure they disinfect between families, and that's basically used toys all the time.



If an item has obviously been ill-cared for, or seems too dirty, scratched up, or impossible to clean, I would pass on it. We got most of our kids toys as hand-me-downs from relatives the first few years. Again, I just clean them, as I do before I take them to consignment to sell. Some items, like car seats, are supposed to be thrown away after use due to safety concerns. However, we did use one relative's car seat/stroller combo initially, but have bought most of them new. We are using another relative's booster seats which don't have straps or all the safety concerns of a car seat. And as I see another reader mentionned, you should probably check re: recalls on toys or furniture.

Jan - posted on 04/19/2010

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As long as they are in good condition or are easily repairable why not. I personally would buy them for myself, children and grandchildren. I think this idea of everything having to be new is part of the recession we are in right now. What happened to the years of wearing older siblings hand me downs if they fit? Bedding that can be sanitized is no problem. Sheets blankets etc can always be washed and dried if need be.

Vivien - posted on 04/19/2010

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Secondhand is fine for most things! Plus there's the fun of finding something unexpected and a treat!

H.J - posted on 04/19/2010

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My son grows out of clothes so quickly that I don't have time to blink why spend money on that when there are more important things you could be spending your money on

Rachel - posted on 04/18/2010

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As long as the toys are in good working condition and not on a recall list, I have no problem buying used. The same thing with clothes. It amazes me that infant clothing can cost as much as adult clothing! I've been shopping for my baby, due in June, and some of the clothing I would like to purchase, such as sleepers, can cost between $10 and $20 each. I can buy the same thing used, yet in good condition, for $2-4 each from our local gently used children's clothing store, called Once Upon a Child.

I'll buy some things new, especially if I'm looking for something specific or if I can't find the size or style I'm wanting. I bought a lot of used furniture for my first child, but wasn't able to find what I wanted for my second, so ended up buying new. So, it's all about fitting our needs while balancing both financial goals and preferred living standards.

Lisa - posted on 04/18/2010

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Yes. I love finding great deals. However, the clothes need to be almost brand new looking and in good shape if I buy anything. I have found many good finds and really cute clothes for myself and my daughter

Veronique - posted on 04/18/2010

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I have no problem with that what so ever, as long as they're in good condition i wouldn't see why not. I'm very lucky because i have a cousin and a friend who have girls ( i have 2 girls ) so every time the girls out grow the clothes they send the clothes over to my house so i really haven't both much.

Angel - posted on 04/18/2010

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why not kids grow to fast we all need to keep some cash in our pockets. I love garage sales thrift stores that keep there items decent.

Jen - posted on 04/18/2010

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I don't buy most things new, unless I can get them for less than I would pay for them at a thrift store. Some department stores' clearance have things for $2-3 in our area sometimes. I'm admittedly pretty cheap, but I do buy shoes new. My best deal ever was a beautiful green velvet and lace dress at Goodwill with the little diaper-cover to match for $1. I even had my daughter's portraits taken in that outfit!

Stacie - posted on 04/18/2010

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I am all for second hand items except for the undergarments, stuffed animals, and shoes and mattresses/pillows. (They tend to have poss bacterias). Most of the toys that you can disinfect are fabulouse and your kid grows out of it before it wears out anyway!!! and it is cheaper...

Martha - posted on 04/18/2010

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Wash them, wash them, and then wash them again and it will be fine. In this economy you need to save money where you can.

Melissa - posted on 04/18/2010

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I buy them when and where I can...Having kids is expensive and since they outgrow things so quickly, it's better to get things used. As long as you check them over thoroughly and wash and sanitize them...why not?

Trista - posted on 04/18/2010

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I think buying from garage sales, second-hand shops, and thrift stores. Hand-me-downs from friends are usually good too. I recommend checking that nothing is broken or torn and wash everything before using it.
www.CPSC.gov is a great website to check for recalls as well.

Virginia - posted on 04/18/2010

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There is nothing wrong with it. Just make sure nothing is torn, broken, or too old. Some older things may have recalls. I have found very expensive and nice clothing before. Also, wash everything before using it or giving it to your child. Clorox the toys.

Karen - posted on 04/18/2010

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it is a neccesity!!! Just make sure you clean them really well before you give them to your kiddo

Tanya - posted on 04/18/2010

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If it wasn't for yard sales I would be lost. My youngest son has only had to have maybe 10 new outfits because of yard sales. We are talking about clothes that looks like they have never been worn. I have one certain person who i buy clothes from for Zack and one who i buy clothes for Dylan. They have saved me lots of money.

Nikki - posted on 04/18/2010

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I think it's a great idea! Just make sure you check everything out to insure its worth the price, and safe for your child. It's a great way to save money, and an amazing form of recycling! If you shop thrift, also be sure to sanitize everything!!!!!!!!! And remember: Your child's health, and safety, is worth the extra money you may have to pay if you don't find anything suitable at a thrift shop or rummage sale!!

Jerri - posted on 04/18/2010

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I think it is ok to buy clothes from yardsales and thrift stores. Kids grow up so fast and grow out of their clothes. It helps save money.

Jenita - posted on 04/18/2010

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Yes I do. As long as they are in great/good condition I do. As far as undergarments, no, they have to be bought and packaged. Then I will rewash before I use any of it to be on the same side. Just a precaution.

Michelle - posted on 04/17/2010

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We don't buy used stuff but we do use hand me downs we get all my friends boxes of stuff when her little one outgrows it toys and clothes we then re package it all up when we outgrow it give it back and she sends it off to her cousin for her little one, they use so much of it for such a short time why buy new.....for the major stuff (eg. crib high chair)we bought those new.

Kayle - posted on 04/17/2010

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I love garage sales, thrift stores etc. My son is 3 months old and in 6/9 month clothes and still growing like a weed. The way he grows I definetly shop at those places. I would never buy something that looked dirty or I wouldn't beable to sanitize or wash. Today I got two jackets, 4 outfits and a onsie for 7 dollars at garage sales. One jacket, one outfit and the onsie were brand new still had the tags on it!! I love finding deals like this. I also love having friends and family with boys that hand me down stuff. I also do my part and hand down stuff to friends to.

Shirley - posted on 04/17/2010

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To add to my last reply.I do buy used now for my son and myself.Times are hard for all and it's an awesome way not to waste money on name brand stuff when you can get the same and good quality.My son has so much old navy,ambercombie and gap that came from sales and thrift. Baby t-shirts .for anyone who wants to know. If you get stained white Tee's soak them in hot water with bleach and dishwashing liquid.All formula stains are removed and then wash well in the normal detergent or baby detergent.It works wonders.

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