As most of you know by now, Rich and I have been extremely thrifty during this pregnancy, getting things at deeply discounted rates, as well as many for free. Yesterday, we visited two local ARC thrift stores and you will not believe how many good items we found for about twenty bucks total. The details of this amazing thrift store haul, along with their actual value are outlined below.
As you can see, our quick thrift store visits were quite productive. Most of these items were items we had planned on getting at some point, but figured we'd have to save first. We didn't go to the thrift store looking for them. We generally just go and see what we can find. Apparently, we're very good at finding exactly what we need without even trying. The Universe also seems to be looking out for our family a ton lately.
I've always been a bargain hunter. But during this pregnancy with Nova Skye, I've become a master at getting baby items that are useful for FREE or very cheap. Here's a recent mini haul from our local Dollar Tree in Aurora, Colorado.
This is Dollar Tree, so obviously, since there are ten items pictured here, this trip was ten bucks plus tax.
Babies like to look at interesting things, especially colorful ones that move. The top two items pictured are solar powered figurines that have a moving character at the top. Obviously, a baby cannot play with these. Therefore, they should sit safely in a sunny spot (like a window sill) that your baby can see, but not reach.
Next up, you'll see two brand name (Sesame Street) baby books. They are the soft squishy plastic ones that babies love to squeeze and turn the pages on. This is an excellent find, as baby board books are usually around five bucks or more each.
Next to the books is a teether and rattle, again Sesame Street themed. Babies love to play with these and we needed a few more toys for Nova when we found this. Directly underneath, is a different teether and rattler that the baby can shake and chew on, also made by the Sesame Street brand.
The blue thingy in the middle is a knee pad for the parents, so that no one gets sore while bending over the tub to bathe the baby. With my weird leg issues, I really needed this and at only a dollar, how could I say no?
On the bottom left is a cold pack, which is very useful for those times when baby whacks herself with a toy or does something else baby-like, resulting in injury that just needs a quick cold compress. Hopefully, we won't need it, but parents can never over-prepare. This is not my first rodeo and I know the drill well.
The last item in the middle at the bottom is a square-shaped container. It's supposed to be for snacks. However, since newborns don't snack and we needed a good, sanitary binky container for the diaper bag, we thought this was a good fit.
By the way, in case you're wondering, anything the baby might play with, chew, eat out of, and so on was clearly marked as BPA-free, which is pretty awesome for a dollar store.
*What have you discovered at the Dollar Tree (or other dollar stores) lately? Please share below!
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