Ooh and I have I mentioned lately how much I love Craigslist and Freecycle? If you haven't used either one you should check them out. Especially Freecycle. It's so simple, and works so well for us. First you join an email group on yahoo. Then when you want to get rid of something you just post an offer for it, as well as where you're located. People respond saying they are interested, and when they can come pick it up. We have gotten plants, gardening supplies, baby clothes, Amelias crib and a ton of other things on Freecycle. We have also given away a couch, excess Christmas stuff, baby clothes, and a washer and dryer.
I have gotten so much great stuff for my kid on freecycle and craigslist. Oh and I have gotten rid of so much krap (krap that people come to my house to get, and are excited to take home with them. Amazing.) Anything I can't sell on craigslist or I got for free goes on Freecycle. I love that I'm helping other people out, we got so much stuff given to us after Amelia was born, I like to pass it on when I'm done with it. And I love that I'm keeping things from going in the garbage.
This is my latest aquisition. It's a sand and water table for Amelia. At the store it costs around $70, if I bought it online it would be even more with shipping. I have been thinking about buying her one for the last year or so, but I refuse to pay that much. So I found one on craigslist.
I got it for $20.
And when we're done with it, it will get passed on to someone else.