Since finding out I was pregnant, freecycle has been a great source of baby things and on some occasions our saving grace!
Freecycle was set up to reduce the amount of unwanted goods going to landfill. The way it works is that you sign up for your local group and you can either check the site daily or just receive the daily emails. If there is anything that takes your fancy you reply to the post to see if it’s still available and if it is you arrange collection. It works on a first come first serve basis. No money can change hands and you just need to honour collection if you say you’re going to collect it.
I couldn’t buy everything brand new for J, but to be honest I have loved the challenge of finding everything we needed second hand. We’ve been given stuff, found it on freecycle or bid for things on eBay and I worked out that before J came along I had saved myself nearly £1000 by going second hand. Who knows how much I’ve saved since he’s been here. One of the best saves on freecycle, was a baby bjorn carrier. J didn’t like the one we were given and we were going on holiday so we thought we would give it a go and he loved it. I also got a smaller food processor to make his puree’s and his baby bath.
He will love it!
So I guess it’s true what they say ‘one mans trash is another mans treasure.’