I know some people turn up their noses at second hand toys but not in this house. In this house we love second hand shit! Ebay, jumble sales, Gumtree – you name it we’ve been there routing through the junk. I’ve picked up some brilliant bargains over the years! And so it comes as no surprise that Finley will be getting some second hand toys this Christmas, just like he did last year.

“But not for his Christmas present, surely?”
Fuck yes people.

“Don’t you want to buy him nice new presents?” 
No, actually. Our agenda is to buy him what he likes and as much of it as the budget will allow.


Last year, when he was just over a year old we opted for a kitchen for Christmas. The concept of buying a new one never crossed my mind. I did my research, put the feelers out and in the end I made an awesome purchase via EBay. This kitchen ladies and gentlemen, with all its plastic paraphernalia cost me a forty minute car journey and thirty little pounds. Yes, it’s probably ten years old and it’s not a fashionable wooden one but by gum it’s a kids kitchen to be smashed and crashed and played with for years to come!

 

Of course I could of bought a brand new one, but then there wouldn’t have been anything else, no other presents. Last year, he had his kitchen, his stocking and a whole host of other little presents, all because his ‘big’ present was second hand and cheap as chips.

This year if you’ve been selling Happy Land in a town near me if I haven’t won it, haggled it or quite frankly guilt tripped it out of you I’d be surprised! I’m not beyond dive bombing old ladies at Jumble Sales. Not for the holy grail that is second hand Happy Land.

“But you can buy shiny new Happy Land from ELC, there’s an offer on you know.”
Of course there’s an offer on, it’s Christmas.

Allow me to demonstrate the magical powers of second hand shit …

Here is £65 worth of brand new, shop bought Happy Land. Its on special offer! Included in the price is a load of cardboard packaging you’ll be fighting with on Boxing Day to get in your wheelie bin. Plus you get the treat of unscrewing it all out whilst your kid shouts at you from across the room, to hurry up.


Nice and shiny huh?

Next up is £65 worth of second hand, Mummy special tits Happy Land.
I shit you not. I obtained the entire Land of Happy for £55 plus two car journeys that cost me £10 in petrol. There are also metres and metres of train track and road which you can’t see in this photo, not to mention the storage box and other play mats.

 

 

“But it’s not new and other children have played with it, what if it’s dirty?”
Well first off, it wasn’t dirty because I bought it off nice normal, clean human beings but I did of course give it all a quick anti-bac rub down. Second of all, my kid licks windows and eats carpet food – a little bit of second hand snot or dribble wont trouble his rather robust immune system.
“Second hand toys are often broken or don’t work.”
Well yes, if you’re stupid enough to buy those ones.
There are only two things ‘broken’ in my Happy Land haul, both of which the sellers declared to me before purchase and I took on the chin because of the bargain price. One of the doors to the church has fallen off and there are a couple of felt tip pen marks inside the school.

Finley won’t have a clue. He’ll be too busy having his little mind blown by all this amazing shit greeting him on Christmas morning! Plus he’ll also have his stocking and a few other little presents because the budget wasn’t blown.

Of course this golden gig of second hand shopping won’t last forever. It won’t be long till he wants ‘THE’ toy, the brand new, shiny toy that all the kids wants for Christmas and we won’t be able to eBay ourselves out of that one!
But until then, for a few years at least this family will be enjoying a lot of second hand shit for Christmas.

Second Hand Shit For Christmas

37 thoughts on “Second Hand Shit For Christmas

  • November 24, 2015 at 3:04 pm
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    Fantastic! Parents let their kids play with toys at play groups don't they? They are pretty rank I'd say Lol. These you get to wash first. We bought a second hand Jumperoo for Bear, cost £25 and it was perfect. When he was fed up with it we sold it on. Cost us almost nothing 🙂

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  • November 24, 2015 at 3:04 pm
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    Fantastic! Parents let their kids play with toys at play groups don't they? They are pretty rank I'd say Lol. These you get to wash first. We bought a second hand Jumperoo for Bear, cost £25 and it was perfect. When he was fed up with it we sold it on. Cost us almost nothing 🙂

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  • November 25, 2015 at 1:14 pm
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    Our house looks like our little is wicked spoiled, but almost everything here is secondhand. My mom is a big tag slae shopper and its amazing some of the deals she gets on stuff

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  • November 25, 2015 at 1:14 pm
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    Our house looks like our little is wicked spoiled, but almost everything here is secondhand. My mom is a big tag slae shopper and its amazing some of the deals she gets on stuff

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  • November 25, 2015 at 1:48 pm
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    Yes! It's not about getting all the stuff they want and getting into debt and having to spend the next year paying it off, it's about living within your means whilst having a good time. Excellent post

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  • November 25, 2015 at 1:48 pm
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    Yes! It's not about getting all the stuff they want and getting into debt and having to spend the next year paying it off, it's about living within your means whilst having a good time. Excellent post

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  • November 25, 2015 at 6:26 pm
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    Good stuff – far too much pressure on parents at Christmas, it just isn't worth getting into debt for – or further into debt in my case!

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  • November 25, 2015 at 6:26 pm
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    Good stuff – far too much pressure on parents at Christmas, it just isn't worth getting into debt for – or further into debt in my case!

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  • November 27, 2015 at 9:29 am
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    You are a lady after my own heart! My daughter has a second hand vtech walker thingy that she LOVES. It was donated and it's her favourite toy. We alos have bags of hand-me-downs that have kept her going and are far more designer than anything we can afford. I love your arguments back to what people say. So right and so logical! I do a lot of second hand shopping for myself too – mostly cos I'm a bargain hunter but also cos I enjoy it and don't really enjoy real shopping in the shops. Sofa shopping much more comfy and you can do it with a cup of tea in hand!

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  • November 27, 2015 at 9:29 am
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    You are a lady after my own heart! My daughter has a second hand vtech walker thingy that she LOVES. It was donated and it's her favourite toy. We alos have bags of hand-me-downs that have kept her going and are far more designer than anything we can afford. I love your arguments back to what people say. So right and so logical! I do a lot of second hand shopping for myself too – mostly cos I'm a bargain hunter but also cos I enjoy it and don't really enjoy real shopping in the shops. Sofa shopping much more comfy and you can do it with a cup of tea in hand!

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  • November 27, 2015 at 2:47 pm
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    Nearly everything for my kids when they were very young was 2nd hand. Like you I'd eBay, FB, Charity shop, Car boot and travel to get something at a fraction of a price. Young kids don't know the difference. They are happy. I love the 2nd hand culture. Pass it on, pay it forward, get good stuff.
    Unfortunately the 10yo isn't so into it now, I replace 2nd hand with pre-owned and refurbished.
    #effitfriday

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  • November 27, 2015 at 2:47 pm
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    Nearly everything for my kids when they were very young was 2nd hand. Like you I'd eBay, FB, Charity shop, Car boot and travel to get something at a fraction of a price. Young kids don't know the difference. They are happy. I love the 2nd hand culture. Pass it on, pay it forward, get good stuff.
    Unfortunately the 10yo isn't so into it now, I replace 2nd hand with pre-owned and refurbished.
    #effitfriday

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  • November 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm
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    'Pre-loved' is the way forward! Seriously, young kids don't know any better – and older ones will often be just as happy if it means they're getting more stuff. OH and I collect various retro crap, so everything we buy each other is secondhand anyway. 😀 #effitfriday

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  • November 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm
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    'Pre-loved' is the way forward! Seriously, young kids don't know any better – and older ones will often be just as happy if it means they're getting more stuff. OH and I collect various retro crap, so everything we buy each other is secondhand anyway. 😀 #effitfriday

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  • November 27, 2015 at 6:51 pm
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    That is an AMAZING bargain! I'm always on the lookout for good quality second-hand bits, it doesn't make sense to spend a fortune on something that won't be played with for that long. #FabFridayPost

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  • November 27, 2015 at 6:51 pm
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    That is an AMAZING bargain! I'm always on the lookout for good quality second-hand bits, it doesn't make sense to spend a fortune on something that won't be played with for that long. #FabFridayPost

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  • November 27, 2015 at 7:11 pm
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    Awesome. Last Christmas, we were more than skint! I managed to get a few bits in charity shops (including an anamatronic white tiger) for £5, Looked it up and it would have been well over £100. The kids don't care where the gifts are from, as long as they have things to open. PS – I watch far too much Greys Anatomy too! 😉 Sarah (Kippers and Curtains) #fabfridaypost

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  • November 27, 2015 at 7:11 pm
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    Awesome. Last Christmas, we were more than skint! I managed to get a few bits in charity shops (including an anamatronic white tiger) for £5, Looked it up and it would have been well over £100. The kids don't care where the gifts are from, as long as they have things to open. PS – I watch far too much Greys Anatomy too! 😉 Sarah (Kippers and Curtains) #fabfridaypost

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  • November 27, 2015 at 10:02 pm
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    AH-MAZING. £30 for a kitchen set that's normally £100, AND the ENTIRE happy land set for £55, you did good giirrrlll. ; ) Completely agree with you, if you're getting it from a family that is normal/clean then who cares, maybe give it a wee scrub and it's brand new! #FabFridayPost

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  • November 27, 2015 at 10:02 pm
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    AH-MAZING. £30 for a kitchen set that's normally £100, AND the ENTIRE happy land set for £55, you did good giirrrlll. ; ) Completely agree with you, if you're getting it from a family that is normal/clean then who cares, maybe give it a wee scrub and it's brand new! #FabFridayPost

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  • November 27, 2015 at 11:15 pm
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    Haha! I am so glad I am not the only one. What a great find! It is so very true, they just love to play whether it is broken or not and yes – my kids licks off carpets too! lol! Thank you so much for linking up with me again. #FabFridayPost It is always good to have you here. x

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  • November 27, 2015 at 11:15 pm
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    Haha! I am so glad I am not the only one. What a great find! It is so very true, they just love to play whether it is broken or not and yes – my kids licks off carpets too! lol! Thank you so much for linking up with me again. #FabFridayPost It is always good to have you here. x

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  • November 28, 2015 at 12:47 am
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    We're the same. I've been hitting up ebay for some duplo this year. Have you seen how much that costs new??? No way! Cheaper, still like new and better for the environment, why on earth not?
    #fabfridayposts

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  • November 28, 2015 at 12:47 am
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    We're the same. I've been hitting up ebay for some duplo this year. Have you seen how much that costs new??? No way! Cheaper, still like new and better for the environment, why on earth not?
    #fabfridayposts

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  • November 28, 2015 at 12:47 am
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    We're the same. I've been hitting up ebay for some duplo this year. Have you seen how much that costs new??? No way! Cheaper, still like new and better for the environment, why on earth not?#fabfridayposts

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  • November 28, 2015 at 10:14 am
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    Brilliant. Sadly I have four teenagers & tweens who want all the expensive stuff but my youngest is 5 and much easier to please, I will enjoy it for as long as possible! #picknmix

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  • November 28, 2015 at 10:14 am
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    Brilliant. Sadly I have four teenagers & tweens who want all the expensive stuff but my youngest is 5 and much easier to please, I will enjoy it for as long as possible! #picknmix

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  • November 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm
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    Great post. I struggle with the over-consumption & consumerism of Christmas. 2nd hand is a great antidote & makes good sense! x

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  • November 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm
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    Great post. I struggle with the over-consumption & consumerism of Christmas. 2nd hand is a great antidote & makes good sense! x

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  • November 29, 2015 at 4:51 am
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    We have second hand Bullseye from Toy Story sat ready to go for the Toddler! It cost me £5 compared to £megabucks!

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  • November 29, 2015 at 4:51 am
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    We have second hand Bullseye from Toy Story sat ready to go for the Toddler! It cost me £5 compared to £megabucks!

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  • November 29, 2015 at 1:08 pm
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    I think this post is brilliant! You're completely right and I think people are often too judgmental about second-hand things! As soon as your kid takes something out of the box of Christmas morning it's deemed as 'second-hand' anyway so what's the difference! You can find some awesome bargains!

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  • November 29, 2015 at 1:08 pm
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    I think this post is brilliant! You're completely right and I think people are often too judgmental about second-hand things! As soon as your kid takes something out of the box of Christmas morning it's deemed as 'second-hand' anyway so what's the difference! You can find some awesome bargains!

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  • November 30, 2015 at 8:45 pm
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    Absolutely nothing wrong with buying second hand, some of my boys favourite things when they were small were ebay bargains, unfortunately these days they want the newest xbox games and only a tine machine will let me get them second hand 😉
    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x

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  • November 30, 2015 at 8:45 pm
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    Absolutely nothing wrong with buying second hand, some of my boys favourite things when they were small were ebay bargains, unfortunately these days they want the newest xbox games and only a tine machine will let me get them second hand 😉
    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x

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