[ THRIFTY TOYS ]
There have been a lot of good conversations this year about giving gifts from the thrift store. If you’d like to sound off on the issue, there are some great spots where you can do so. If buying thrifted gifts isn’t something that you’ve considered before, you should read this article. Then let me show you some of the great toys we’ve purchased for our kids over the years at thrift stores.
Wooden Toys (pictured above):
I found a pretty good sized collection of Plan wooden dollhouse furniture (several more pieces that aren’t pictured), and I think for all of it together I payed under $5. Plan toys are really good quality, and have great resale value for when the kids have outgrown them.
The wooden push toy is an Ikea toy, so it probably didn’t cost that much originally, but we bought it for $1.99 in pretty new condition.
We already had a few Automoblox that we purchased new, but this one was found at a garage sale by my father-in-law in a $1 bag of cars.
Sure, you can almost always find an old chess set, Operation, and Clue on the shelves, but look at some of the higher quality games we’ve found. I always scan the shelves for Ravensburger games. Their thick boards and clever game play make them instant classics that can be played for years to come.
The Eeboo matching game is one that I picked up for Tula’s third birthday for $2.99. The illustrations are so sweet, and the cardboard tiles are thick enough to withstand a preschooler’s frustration about losing… ahem, not that my sweet girl would ever throw anything when she loses.
This Christmas we will be giving the kids Haba’s Pete the Pirate game that we purchased at Goodwill’s 99¢ toy sale (which goes for the entire month of December). The pieces to this game are adorable, and I can’t wait to play it with them.
The ugly dolls actually came from a garage sale, but that doesn’t make them any less thrifty. We bought them for 50¢ each, which is a total steal! The stitching on the mouth of the gray monster has started to come off. It’s an easy fix, I just haven’t gotten to it yet.
Malfi, from Friends with You toys, was $2 at Goodwill. The kids don’t play with him all that much, but we like having him around. It’s probably a good thing that they don’t throw him around like they do with their other stuffed animals because he’s weighted at the bottom and could easily break a window (or nose).