A little over four years ago I left my full-time corporate job to stay at home with our three children. At the time, I was making a good salary plus bonus and it was a huge hit to us financially when my income was eliminated. These past years have been a wonderful opportunity for me to be available to our children full-time and to take care of them, love them, teach them, support them, and to see their “firsts”. However, Joel and I have had to make many adjustments and sacrifices in order to make this arrangement possible.
One of the more simple and easy adjustments that I have made is to purchase items second-hand for the kids, both at rummage sales and at the thrift store, rather than buy new. This includes buying pre-owned clothes, shoes, toys, games and learning resources for homeschooling. Honestly, this hasn’t felt like a sacrifice at all because I really enjoy finding a great deal on things that we would have paid three times, or twenty times, as much for if we had purchased it new.
While looking for items for the children at rummage sales three years ago, I also began looking for items that could be resold on eBay for a profit. I have sold on eBay ever since then with listings and sales ranging from minimal or none to quite a few, especially during the Christmas season. But even making a small amount of money from selling things we no longer use can be helpful to our family, so I’ve just been continuing to do it.
This past week, I took a huge risk and brought all three kids with me to Goodwill on a Saturday and I’m happy to report that it turned out well. The last time we all went there one of the children had a major potty accident. So, I was a little hesitant to go on a busy day, but the children handled themselves beautifully, they were much more cheerful than the other customers there, and I didn’t have to wipe any piddle off the floor so it was great!
Here are our super-duper finds:
- My favorite find was a bag with several games inside, including Rush Hour, Hoppers, Lunar Lockout and the Rush Hour extension deck 3 with limo. These are all made by Binary Arts which is now Think Fun. The bag full of games was $1.99 and all sets are complete. Purchasing these items new would cost over $50.00. I was so excited about these because Snootz loves these types of games and he plays them if I’m working with the girls on something he doesn’t want to participate in.
- Ariel crown for $0.99 which will be used for a Halloween costume. I did clean this thoroughly after we got home.
- Luke Skywalker Lightsaber for $1.99 that extends, glows, makes sounds and talks. This is a dream come true for Snootz.
- Barbie remote-controlled car with no remote control for $3.99. It would have been a lot better if the remote came with it but the girls begged and I gave in. Yes, sometimes I’m a sucker, but what can I say? Barbie really needed a car!
- NEW Baby Stella Happy High Chair by Manhattan Toy for $6.99. The box is a little banged up but the contents inside are wrapped and in perfect condition. These sell for about $25.00 so I’m planning to sell it on eBay and will hopefully make a little money.
Total with Tax: $16.76 PLUS I received a $5.00 coupon for a future purchase because I participate in their rewards program and reached that reward level.
Do you have any recent super-duper thrifty finds?