They call it the Mother Load Sale. They aren’t lyin’ either! Rows and rows of seriously cute gently used baby & children’s clothing, toys, bedding and the whole list of baby gear all gathered in one spot. It was an eco-minded, frugalista’s dream come true let me tell you.
I’ve really been struggling to try to balance my desire for nothing but the best organic chemical-free items for my baby and what my budget will actually allow. It’s a constant tug-o-war. For instance, I really love these Organic Nursing Covers but I think I could make them for less than $10 using this really easy looking tutorial over at Prudent Baby. The fabric wouldn’t be organic but does it need to be? Will I use this item often enough to make the extra $20-25 worth it?
Or what about organic baby clothing? If you’ve looked at prices lately you know that organic clothing is usually twice if not more for the same item. Yes, you usually do get what you pay for but if it’s not there in the budget, it’s not there in the budget. So, I’m currently working on a list of baby gear items that IMO are worth going ahead and paying top dollar for and other items you might be okay to compromise just a little on.
I also think there has to be other alternative ideas to just organic vs. chemical laden items. So that’s where the Mother Load Sale comes in. I love the idea that if I can’t buy something organic, especially clothing or other fabric covered items then at least I can buy gently used pieces that have been washed many times and hopefully have some of the original chemicals removed. I like to think of it as one more step between my baby and the dreaded toxins. (Insert ominous sounding music here.) It’s also great because when you think about ‘Reducing, Reusing, & Recycling” this fits two out of the three categories. Waste is reduced because one man’s trash becomes another man’s treasure. And resources (such as money & materials) are not being wasted but rather reused in a beneficial way for both parties (the seller and the buyer).
So armed with my parents and oldest sister we set out Saturday morning (along with several hundred other women) to find ourselves some good deals to outfit the baby on the cheap-nothing like making your dollar stretch as far as it will go-Oh, I love it! Here’s some of our finds:
I also found a couple of items for my ever diminishing wardrobe.
We also found quite a few other items in great condition but that’s way too many pictures to load! And I’m wouldn’t want to bore you to tears or have you dozing off on me! (We go for perky alert smiles around here!) Have a great day (=