Second hand baby stores are a fantastic way to save your hard earned money that is already spent on many other things for your new baby. Many health insurance policies don't pay for the full birth and hospital stay, racking up huge bills for new parents to start out with. When they need to bring this bundle of joy home from the hospital, the list of necessities is endless. Especially, when it is your first baby, and you don't have any baby related items in the house, you sometimes wish you had planted a money tree.
The most common item parents look for in buying second hand is clothes for their ever growing infant. The amount of clothes newborns go through as they grow quickly is endless. The local thrift shops have tons of second hand clothes, usually well organized and categorized by size, gender and season. Some of their clothes are barely used, and if you're lucky, many times you will find some clothes that were never used at all. You can buy brand name, gorgeous collections for a fraction of the price, and nobody will know the difference! You can save so much money doing this, and use it toward the bigger purchases like furniture and baby strollers.
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Many people even find beautiful nursery furniture in thrift shops for very reduced prices. Some parents will need a second baby stroller for the car, or their first stroller, and will head out to the baby consignment shop to find some real expensive model baby strollers reduced to pennies because they were used for about a year. Test and examine any baby strollers, swings or cribs to make sure all the safety mechanisms are in working condition. Many times you will only find out something is broken, after you have bought the item and brought it home.
Become a savvy consignment shopper, by inspecting each item before you buy it. You can save a lot of money in these thrift stores, if you shop smartly. Make sure there are no rips or stains in the clothing. When buying toys and books, you can also do very well, but make sure the games have all their pieces and the books are not missing pages. These are some things you can miss if you don't inspect.
Don't forget to return the favors you received from the thrift shops. Drop off your gently used baby clothes, toys and books to these shops, so another new Mom can enjoy your items. Check your attic for your old baby stroller, and swing that is in great condition. If you don't have a relative or friend who needs it now, donate them to the baby consignment, so you can help parents like you save their hard earned money.