This Christmas I really wanted to buy Immy a dollhouse, preferable the sturdy, wooden old fashioned kind that was loving made by hand. Unfortunately, when it comes to dollhouses, that is not what you tend to find in toy stores these days. So I decided to harness the powers of Ebay and I found the perfect one for us – simple, sturdy, wooden, handmade. In perfect condition and I paid much less than I would have if it was bought new (and no, it is not the one pictured above).
This got me thinking about other ways to save money on kids toys, not just for Christmas but at any time of the year.
1. Look on Ebay or gumtree.com.au (or whatever your local classified site is) for well cared for, preloved toys. Often you can find good quality items, in good condition for much less than you would pay for a similar item in the stores.
2. Pass on your own preloved toys from when you were growing up. I have a cloth doll which I plan to give Immy for her birthday which is from my own childhood. I know lots of parents (or grandparents) who have kept the well loved toys for future generations.
3. Sell toys that your children have outgrown or no longer use online or at a baby and children’s market. Use the cash to put back into purchasing good quality toys which will last beyond a week and then you will have something to put away for your children’s children too.
4. Visit baby and children’s markets, car boot sales, garage sales or swap meets for secondhand toys. I have a friend who scored a massive box of lego for next to nothing at a garage sale.
5. Check out your local op shops or thrift stores for books and toys. Amanda over at Busy Brissy Mum has a real knack for finding great toys at op shops, I am often jealous of her latest find!
6. Join a local toy library or find out if your normal library also lends out toys (ours has jigsaw puzzles).
7. Swap with friends.
Image Source: Hannah Louise