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I’ve never considered myself to be snooty when it comes to buying secondhand – our first home together was completely furnished by Facebook Marketplace and eBay, and 90% of my wardrobe comes from there too.
But when I found out I was pregnant with my first child, something in me was set on having everything ‘new’. I turned my nose up at the idea of secondhand. I wanted her to have ‘the best’.
Of course there are some things that you should absolutely not buy secondhand. But why I’d convinced myself everything had to be new I don’t know.
I quickly came around to the idea of secondhand though when I was given a black bag full of clothes and realised that the quality was actually really good! I’d got some lovely stuff for free! And so the frugal side of me returned once more.
So what should you buy secondhand?
I mentioned above that I was given clothes. And though you might want to buy one or two ‘special’ outfits, I would definitely recommend getting the majority secondhand.
- Babies grow so quickly! Don’t spend a fortune on an outfit they spend 5 minutes in
- Babies are messy – if they’re not sick or pooping over everything, they’re making a mess with food when they start weaning. Don’t buy an expensive brand only to be devastated when it’s ruined by a poonami.
- Referring back to point 1 – babies spend so little time in their clothes, secondhand clothes are usually hardly worn. And the well worn stuff? That’s probably only going to be fit for the bin so don’t waste your money!
Have you seen how much a new jumperoo is? *insert shocked face emoji*
I would definitely recommend buying these kind of ‘big items’ secondhand. The plastic exterior can easily be cleaned and disinfected and the fabric inserts can be removed and washed.
Often, after a clean these things come out looking good as new, and the best part? They cost you a fraction of the price!
And once you’re finished with it, you can whack it back up for sale and get your money back. Bonus!
Toys & Books
Though you can sometimes pick these up pretty cheaply anyway, I would definitely recommend buying secondhand.
Not only are you keeping stuff out of landfill but you can pick up some absolute bargains.
My mother in law has amassed quite the puzzle collection for my daughter from charity shop £1 bargains.
Hit up the bootsales in the dryer months and you can get toys for pence! Particularly the branded stuff (TV characters etc) which are not cheap to buy new.
Obviously whatever you pick up will need a good clean first.
Buying secondhand furniture was how we managed to decorate my daughter’s room on a small budget.
Even a basic nursery set from IKEA will set you back a few hundred pounds.
You can pick up secondhand changing tables, drawers, cots etc for a fraction of the cost new.
Though if you do go down the secondhand route for a cot, make sure you replace the mattress with new.
Parents can easily spend hundreds on gadgets for their new baby, and while I’m not a fan of gadgets generally – if there is something you’ve got your eye on, check out the selling pages first.
You can snap up baby monitors and whatever else for next to nothing, when new could set you back £100 or more.
The thing is with these gadgets – once they’re used, they depreciate – just like when you buy a new car and drive it off the forecourt.
Being secondhand doesn’t affect the quality of the product – as most items are only used for short spaces of time anyway.
If you’re worried about buying something that doesn’t work you can always ask the seller to see it working before you buy it.
In conclusion, there’s a lot of stuff you need for your new baby granted – but it doesn’t all have to be brand spanking.
A bit of savvy shopping and a good clean can see you secure some epic bargains.