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