I have always been a thrifter as I've loved vintage clothes and your general old things, but as a mom and home-owner, I've definitely been taking thrifting to a new level. A level that allows Kahea and I to save our money for things that matter-- like experiences, or family vacations, or emergencies. I wish I was a better mathematician and could put a dollar amount to it, but I'm not--oh well. I still know it's safe to say that through my frugality, I definitely save us hundreds of dollars on both things we want and need... Okay, more like things I want and need for us (Kahea is so simple). =P
So here I go-- I'm going to start a series of my "finds," both free and/or dirt cheap. =) This first example is a little bit of a cop-out as all my mom and I did was go to an event called a "Free swap." Thanks to my friend Nadine, I learned these existed and are great fun! We went to one in Montclair maybe about a month ago. Here is a picture of some of my finds.
And all free. Whaat? Yes. All free.
Everything has been washed, cleaned, and/or stored away for future use. I also got a gym mat for Kaliko's gymnastics sessions, along with this tricycle with push handle from the previous pictures of Kaliko and his "bite" (few posts below). I waited in a 20 minute line for that one, but well worth it for the joy my little boy gets when he 'rides' it around town. Anyway, consider it, my friends! Kids grow so fast, things are easily cleanable, and it's better for the environment. How can you go wrong? Free swap today! =)