“Get kitted out for a new arrival for under £100″
Preparing for the arrival of a baby can be a costly business. I remember before my first daughter was born, sitting flicking through parenting magazines and finding myself convinced that she would need to travel around in a pram that, when I thought about it, was actually more expensive than our car… In the end we were fortunate to be given a second-hand pram from a friend, which did the job just as well I’m sure.
A spot of bargain hunting at Nearly New sales can be the perfect opportunity to kit out your nursery for the fraction of the price of buying on the high street or online – and many are raising money for good causes too.
This week I was speaking to mum-of-three Marina Dodgson, who runs the Baby & Toddler Nearly New Sales in aid of the Tiny Lives Trust and I thought I’d ask her for a few tips on buying second hand. Marina first started the sales after deciding she wanted to try and give something back to the staff on the Special Care Baby Unit at the RVI in Newcastle, where her son Joseph received life-saving care after he was born.
Now four years on, the sales have raised an incredible £40,000 for the charity which supports the work of the unit by providing equipment, specialist staff, support to families and funding research into premature birth.
So here is what Marina had to say:
“It depends to some extent what people bring along on the day but typical prices are:
- buggies from £15
- cots (excluding mattresses) from £10
- prams from £30
- moses baskets from £10
- clothes from 50p, many many items for under £2.50
- nursery bedding from £1
“There is always an element of ‘pot luck’, but I would say you could more or less get kitted out for a new arrival for under £100 if you arrived early and spent wisely. We have also sold quality cots and branded prams at over the £100 mark, but these are still bargains given their original retail price.
“The toys are always a big pull too and we have a wide range including top branded ones for a fraction of the high street cost.”
A survey by netmums is said to have found that the “average mum” spends around £1,000 preparing for baby. I can’t say whether that is true, but there can be a fair bit of pressure placed on first time parents to buy things you perhaps don’t really need or that second hand is second best. By the time my youngest daughter arrived it didn’t seem to matter if a pram or toy was a little rough around the edges as the new look soon came off most things pretty quickly anyway. It’s also great to know your money is also going to support such a fantastic local charity.
The Tiny Lives Baby & Toddler Nearly New Sale will take place from 10am-1pm this Saturday (March 14) at Trinity Church, Gosforth High Street.
A few of the many quality items that are already waiting to be sold can be seen on the group’s facebook page – they have also set up an ebay shop too.