Second hand value buys
We all love to get our hands on a new item once in a while, however we love a good bargain even more. When it comes to making that purchase, there’s a lot to be said for checking out second hand value buys. Buying used items not only saves everyone money but is also recycling! Making use of an unwanted item of someone else’s. The beauty of it all is the fact that the cycle can always continue and the chances are that you will get most of your money back, unlike buying new and selling used, in which you will likely only make a small percentage back.
There are many popular sites that are dedicated to buying/selling used items, the most popular being eBay, Gumtree and Preloved. What some people don’t realise is that there are also some fantastic sites around that are dedicated to swapping your used items, like Swapz, which means win win for everyone involved and no need to spend any money! Just swap your old unwanted things for the stuff you really want.
Another place for them second hand value bargains is your local boot sale so be sure to check your local paper to find your nearest one.
I recently purchased 2 part worn tyres for my car at the grand total of £20 each, fitted. Both of these tyres had around 90% of their life left and their DOT code stated that they were less than a year old. A real bargain if you ask me, considering the same tyres new would have been over 3 times as much!
This bargain got me thinking, what other items can be Bought at a knock down price as a second hand value buy? So I headed over to the lovely parents at ‘Parent Bloggers UK’ to ask what their best second hand value, used buys are that they would recommend and here’s what they had to say. Naturally its child orientated
Depending on how they are feeding then I would say the tommee tippee machine. I managed to get mine in the sale for £60, even though it was worth the money, at full price it is expensive. My friend bought a second hand one and I wish I had done that now and saved some – http://www.thentherewerethree15.blogspot.com
Pushchairs without a doubt! So far I have only bought 1 new one (because I got it super cheap from a country we holidayed in) But all the other 20+ buggies I had so far for my 2 Children where all preloved. For example my first ever pushchair a iCandy apple was bought preloved from a family who used it with their 2 children so far it has been used by me for both children as well as 2 other family members children and it’s still going strong 8+ years on – http://www.mybuggyjunction.co.uk
We bought our daughter’s cot bed second-hand from a friend, saving a fortune. Although – of course – we replaced the mattress – http://Www.refinedprose.com
I would definitely say clothes! I have bought so many bundles from Facebook selling groups and eBay that have been almost new (sometimes even had the tag on) and it’s saved me a fortune. They grow out of clothes so so quickly, it’s sometimes silly to spend loads on them! – http://www.mummascribbles.com
Everything! Haha we bought loads of stuff second hand with my first and it has lasted through all three babies. The best was the rainforest play mat I think, but we also got a bumbo second hand and even a cot, which was £40 I think. All of it was really good condition, if you think about how long you would keep and use a normal bed compared to the life span of a cot, it makes sense to go second hand/pass them down. – http://Www.squishedblueberries.com
hings like bouncers and jumperoos that they only use for a short time. I bought a jumperoo for a tenner off FB site – little one hated it so was glad I didn’t spend a fortune on a brand new one – sold it a month later for £15 – http://www.parenthoodhighsandlows.com
I’m a huge fan of second hand and have bought all of the above clothes, toys, nursery furniture etc. I recommend buying wraps for baby wearing second as and added benefit of a preloved woven wrap is that will already be broken in and soft for baby wearing. – http://www.whererootsandwingsentwine.com
I bought a second hand jumper for £50 and sold it a few years later for £45, that’s a pretty good cost per bounce isn’t it! Baby carriers/slings are also a good one to buy second hand as they don’t get much wear and tear. And pushchairs too! I got an iCandy Apple/Pear system second hand and sold it a few years later – I can’t remember the figures but I didn’t loose much on it. And Buggy Boards too! They are extortionate new but still work perfectly fine when second or third hand! – http://pinkscharming.com
Baby wraps and carriers, particularly the big names like lenny lamb, didymos, connecta, the woven wraps often sell for more when they’re broken in! I made my money back on the carriers I bought, even the second hand ones! – http://midwifeandlife.com
Kids clothes – we have so many charity shops where I live, and so many bargains. They grow so so fast too, particularly when they are babies…NCT sales are brilliant for this type of thing too. I got some amazing toys from them, and even managed to buy a Moses basket as well there too, and a baby rucksack! – http://www.kiddycharts.com
Jumperoo, you can always buy a second hand one for half its original price, and it holds it’s value when you don’t need it any more – http://my-little-l.blogspot.co.uk
Pushchairs, baby carriers, cars and star wars toys!!! We bought a huge bundle for £120 but individually the sets and characters would now cost 600 new. – http://blog.monkey-feet.com
Well we are expecting our first in June but have bought a few things second hand. Moses baskets are only used for a few weeks with most babies do it seems silly forking out much on one, we just bought replacement mattresses – http://Www.twoheartsoneroof.com
Definitely clothes and bouncers! I used to spend a fortune on new clothes until I realised how little my daughter actually gets to wear them! – http://Realmumreview.com
Slings, clothes, bicycles, puzzles and toys, and *definitely* Micro Mini Scooters – we’ve had 2 second-hand ones (one for each kid). You can replace any broken bits and they stand up to a real beating, plus they’re about a tenner/twenty quid second-hand and more like sixty new. Bargain! – http://liveoxfordshire.com
Garden toys, if you time it right before summer you can sell everything at great prices. Or wait to a really hot day and sell paddling pool when the shops have sold out! – http://www.dearbearandbeany.com
Everything kids toys, clothes, baby stuff… I am all about the charity shops, eBay and gumtree! I got my daughter a wooden ELC hospital for £15 for Christmas, a wooden castle for my son for 99p… They wear decent clothes and I never pay over a couple of pounds. Clarks shoes included.
Our 1st travel system was only £50 used and it did the job. I am currently on the hunt for my dream pram with this pregnancy second hand because it will be half the price but still in excellent condition…so worth it! – http://Www.theheartylife.com
Definitely kids clothes and the Fisher Price Jumperoo – I actually bought mine in perfect condition 2nd hand for £25 and sold it 6 months later also in perfect condition for £45! New they’re well over £100 bit take up a lot of space and have a limited window of use – http://www.makeup-pixi3.com smile emoticon
Melissa & Doug toys. I bought the activity board for £13, sold it for the same price the other day a year on. – http://acrazymotherswords.blogspot.co.uk/
I’ve just bought an immaculate second hand IKEA sofa for my “She Shed” for £20. Second hand sofas don’t sell well so you can pick up some great bargains. – http://www.maybushstudio.com
A tent! All of my tents are pre loved, and family ones are so expensive. They often only change the colour for the new season! – http://www.tentsandfestivals.co.uk
Anything that they only use for a few months – jumperoo, bumbo, swing, bouncer etc.. Not worth full price (especially when your child might not even like it – both of mine hated the bumbo but luckily we got given one free!). – Http://www.emilyandindiana.com
There wasn’t much we bought new when I was pregnant. Bedroom furniture including cot, pram, clothes, bouncer, highchair… We worked out that we spent about £700 getting ready for our baby. It was an achievement in itself, but even more so when I heard a girl who was pregnant at the same time got her pram and only her pram for £1,100! – http://Www.motherundermeasure.com
I’m a huge fan of second hand stuff…. We bought our bugaboo cameleon for £350 (worth £1k) and it was immaculate! Got lots of baby/toddler clothes at NCT nearly new sales (have blogged about these) Half of my maternity wardrobe was/is from eBay, saved a fortune there! (Blogged about this too)
And now my fave thing is finding toys in charity shops like the toy pushchair we recently got for £1 – http://Yummyblogger.com
I buy and sell pushchairs a lot and you can get some great bargains and they hold their resale value too. There’s always expectant parents shopping for prams and if they can get a preloved pram for a reduced price compared to new it’s great for saving pennies at an expensive time – http://www.mumoffivestayingsane.co.uk
I bought our sons cotbed on eBay for £1.25! Couldn’t believe my luck… – http://www.suggys.co.uk/Leanne
If that all these parents views hasn’t convinced you of the importance of second hand value buys then nothing will.
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