Seriously, it’s like someone somewhere heard my list of items I’d like to get at a substantial discount and then dropped them off at the consignment sale for me. I was looking for a sit-to-stand-to-ride-on toy, something that they can walk behind when they’re ready, and I found a brand new Vt.ech Alphabet Train (um, one of these) that retails for $50, and paid $12 for it– Jack is already ALL over it. I also got a Playsko.ol Busy Ball P.opper (this one) for $6– Jack is, again, already enamored with it. And I got some miscellaneous small toys (a Little Tik.es toy vacuum– so they can pretend to be Papa, ‘cos god knows MAMA doesn’t vacuum!– and a small dump truck), but I also got a Little Ti.kes mini fort/slide thing (er, this one) for, like, $40. Those Little Tik.es things never wear out, I swear, so I have no doubt that when we’re done with it, I can sell it for about the same price. H is probably going to worry about how big the thing is, but it can take up the space that the exersau.cer currently takes up when we’re done with it. Or it can go outside. But honestly, Jack is a climber, and he really needs something he can safely climb. This is very low to the ground, so even if (okay, WHEN) he falls off, he’s not falling far.
And, my most favorite “score!” item, a relatively lightly used double umbrella stroller. The price on that one wasn’t such a steal ($60), but considering that I’ve been stalking local craigslist and mama sales looking for one for six months or so, and have NEVER found one used, I pounced on it, because I just cannot see paying $90 or more for an umbrella-style stroller. And since we do not drive a mini-van, we really need more space in our trunk. We love our current stroller and will definitely continue to use it when we go on walks and whatnot, but for now, this new umbrella one can take up residence in our trunk so we won’t have to worry about whether things will fit in the car or not when we buy stuff.
I’m going back this evening with H to browse clothes (I found a couple of items, but with most stuff, I want his opinion, too, especially since he does a lot of the dressing of the boys…) and to pick up the fort thingy. And I think we may head back again on Sunday for half-price day. I’m not always the most patient bargain hunter, so when things like this sale fall into my lap, I really try to take advantage. People don’t often talk about how expensive twins are, but in truth, they are really, really expensive, like far more expensive than two subsequent children, mostly because the hand-me-down factor doesn’t ever really come into play, and two at once of everything is pricey. So, it’s really nice when I walk into a sale and find a double stroller, and know that it won’t break the bank to add it to our stash of items. Of course, it’s also nice to know that I dropped off a bunch of stuff, too, and that when I looked, a lot of it had already sold (at least two of our “big ticket” items– one car seat and the other double stroller that we hated– were already gone when I got there at 1:00 today). Hey, maybe we’ll even manage to break even on this sale!
Anyhow, for those with slightly older children (or those who get to spend time with slightly older children, as most of my friends have significantly older and/or very close to the same age children), what kinds of things did you find useful for the, say, 9 months to maybe 18 months age? There’s a lot of growth that happens there, and I can predict some of what they will find entertaining or useful, but I’d love to have perspective on what items I might consider seeking out at the next consignment sale. OH, and what do they sleep in when it gets too hot for the zippered-footie sleeper things? Two piece pajamas? Tee shirts? I have no idea. And any other random advice you’d like to share, I’m all ears… I asked facebook, but I’ll ask here, too: Am I supposed to be planning a big themed shindig for their first birthday? Someone mentioned it the other day, and I thought, “But I’m not ready for that yet!”, but her child is a week or two older than mine, so, am I supposed to be thinking about this already? I’m thinking food and booze for whatever grown-ups want to show up (it’s in Texas, so that’ll definitely change the crowd, since not many of my TX friends have children). Yeah. Advise away, people.