Bought Baby Furniture on Craigslist
We started our furniture purchase by looking at several major retailers like Babies R Us, Target, USA Baby, Pottery Barn Kids, to get a feel for what was available. It was painful to see how much some people spend just on baby furniture. Ofcourse the furniture looked great, my wife found some pieces she just loved and I agreed they would look great it our home. However, it was quickly apparent that new furniture could easily add up to $1.5k-$2k.
We established we were really looking for 3 pieces for the baby's room: a crib, a changing table, and a glider/rocker. Out of these pieces the glider looked to be the most expensive and the most important to my wife given the anticipated late nights and midnight feedings with the baby.
After shopping the retailers, my wife also started looking online and also looked for furniture on craigslist. There was enough of a local selection that she found a crib and changing table from Pottery Barn Kids that she really liked. Both pieces with several other baby items thrown in for $500. The same pieces went for $800+tax+delivery at Pottery Barn Kids without the baby items. We went and took a look at the furniture and found it to be in near new condition. My wife gave me the "approval" node and I offered the seller $400 cash for everything and they accepted and even offered assistance in delivering the larger changing table that wouldn't fit in our car.
We are both excited about the furniture and how reasonable it was. When we are finished with it I hope we will be able to get out most of the money we put into by selling it off again on craigslist. More importantly I am so proud of my wife. Despite all the grief I have sometimes given her on this blog, our recent purchase, in my mind, shows that we are very financially compatible together.
Now we still need to figure out about choosing a glider. We haven't had as much luck finding one on craigslist, but we are still looking.
Related in Children:
Toyota Sienna 2014 Purchase Breakdown (Jul 20, 2014) Back at the end of March my wife and I purchased a new 2014 Toyota Sienna LE. I found it hard to get good benchmark prices online so wanted to share our cost breakdown. We purchased a 2014 Toyota Sienna...
Car Purchasing Decision: Minivan or Not? (Apr 07, 2014) My wife and I are actively working on buying a replacement car. My 1998 Nissan Sentra is currently having some problems (significant oil leak) and I've decided that I don't want to continue to invest in the car since we...
North Carolina 529 College Savings Plan Contributions No Longer Tax Deductible (Nov 27, 2013) For those that live in North Carolina like myself, there was a fairly quiet change pass by the NC general assembly this year that removes the state tax deductions for NC529 contributions effective January 1, 2014. For a married couple...