I have always been one of those people that never wanted to buy anything used. After having hand-me-downs for so long, I never wanted to be in the position where I couldn’t buy what I wanted new. I also couldn’t get out of my head that no matter how much I cleaned things it would never actually be clean. Then when we started to look at what we could spend on the remaining items for the baby, I noticed a gap between the cost of what I wanted and what we could actually afford. The original bag that I wanted was the Jujube Be Prepared, which retails for around $200. I know, $200 for a diaper bag is absolutely ridiculous but at the time I was thinking “this one is so cute and it’s got perfect reviews, everyone says it’s the one to get”. When my reality check finally hit I started looking for bags that are more reasonably priced but I still wanted one with good reviews that wouldn’t fall apart. I found some but none of them really stuck with me and I started to get frustrated. This is when I did what old me would have considered desperate and looked on Facebook Marketplace.
If you have never been on Facebook Marketplace, it is basically like a possibly safer Craigslist. I say possibly because you still have to be careful and they are still strangers but you can see their profile and it gives you some insight into the seller. I started my hunt by looking for the Jujube bag but it was still $100+, which we didn’t want to spend. So I broadened my search to just “diaper bag” and came across a ton of folks selling the Petunia Pickle Bottom bags. These bags are still pretty expensive and can be as expensive as $200. I started to do some research about the style I really liked (the Glazed Boxy Backpack) and found that it was compared to the Jujube bag that I had originally wanted. Now I will say that people still wanted over $100 for them but I used a couple of steps to ensure I got the best deal for mine:
- Researched the item to ensure I REALLY wanted it. Don’t buy things just because it’s a good deal.
- Found one with pictures that would show if there were any potential issues.
- Found one that had been online for a month. Depending on the seller, you might be able to negotiate the pricing with them if they have had it online for an extended period of time.
- Look at the seller’s profile to get a baseline on whether they seem like the type of people that would take care of their items. I know this seems a little judge-y but you don’t want to go to buy your item and it is all ripped up.
- Reach out to the seller to get more pictures and to ask questions: is this a pet-free/smoke-free home? Are there any rips/tears/broken pieces? Depending on your skillset, you might be able to fix it or negotiate a better price.
The bag that I found had been online for a month, was priced at $60, had pictures showing all of the different angles and the seller seemed to be the type of person who would take care of expensive items. I reached out to verify that there weren’t any rips, smoke smell etc. Luckily, it didn’t have any issues and because it had been online for a month and hadn’t sold I offered $50 instead saving myself $10. She accepted and we scheduled the exchange for a couple of days later. I made sure to have my husband with me in case it was shady or there were issues. We met in front of the grocery store in town; she let me look over the bag, asked if this was our first and talked about how well the bag worked for her and her kids. Overall, it was a great experience and the bag was perfectly clean. I washed it when we got home and got it all packed up with our hospital bag gear for the baby.
|Original Want||Jujube Be Prepared||$200.00|
|Item Purchased (Retail)||Petunia Pickle Bottom Glazed Boxy Backpack||$189.00|
|Amount Spent||Gently Used Petunia Pickle Bottom Glazed Boxy Backpack||$50.00|
I would definitely encourage you to find deals, go to secondhand stores in your town and to save yourself some cash on things that you don’t need to buy brand new. Follow my steps above to make sure you get the best bang for your buck and don’t end up spending your hard earned money on a dud.
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