Today I found an amazing frugal find and am bursting with excitement to share it with everyone. It made me start thinking that there may be others who have that same feeling of joy when they find an great deal. Which led me to the idea of having Frugal Find Friday be a weekly thing here at Pages by Heather. So, eventually I'll do the link thing, but for now if you've stumbled upon my page and have a find to share just post it in the comments and I'll add it to the post. On to the inspiration for this fun idea for sharing...
One of my co-workers stopped in at work today and mentioned that a woman with 4 kids in her neighborhood was having a rummage sale. She really thought I should stop since I could find lots of things for my little guy. I didn't really have my rummage sale list with me (more on this another time) and didn't have a lot of cash with me, but figured I should give it a whirl since it was not much out of the way as I was heading home. Turns out it was a really, really good thing I did.
As I walked up to the house there was a gentleman with a baby walking up as well. We chatted a bit, but quickly my eyes locked on the beauty pictured above. Then I became nervous that he would see it and want it....yeah, he was the Daddy at that house and was looking to sell it, not steal it away from me if I turned away. The Mommy and I started chatting and when I asked her if there was anything wrong with it she just laughed and said that the spilled bag of birdseed all over the inside was the only thing wrong. Turns out they have twin 4 year olds, and then 2 other little ones younger than that. No way they can carry them all in one backpack carrier!
I've been searching far and wide (okay, craigslist, freecycle and rummages) for a backpack carrier for our little guy. There are cheap ones out there and there are REALLY expensive ones out there. The really nice ones are REALLY expensive even on the second hand market. I've debated shelling out $50 or more and have a hard time biting that bullet. We do have a stroller and a Bjorn (shower gift) but I would like to continue to wear him and my back is starting to have issues with carrying him up front. I figured a back pack would give us more flexibility and less back pain.
So, how much was this Kelty Kids Ridgeline carrier you ask?
$170 (when it was new)
$120 (Denver craigslist)
$69 (Seattle craigslist)
Nope, it was $5. Used about 4 times and now mine for just $5. This made my day!
Here's to more Frugal Finds,