Last year, my then three-year-old wanted one thing for Christmas: Groovy Girls. Groovy Girl dolls, Groovy Girl beds, Groovy Girl cars. One look at the prices left me a little dizzy, until I got the idea to look them up on Craigslist. Low and behold, there was an 11-year-old girl selling her entire collection. For $20.
The Globe and Mail is reporting that resale and secondhand stores are busier than ever with parents looking to score used toys to put under the tree.
“My kids won’t care. They won’t even notice that the toys are used,” one shopper told the Globe and Mail. “There are certain things that they want, and whether or not they have packaging on them won’t matter. All they care about is if the toy is new to them.”
I concur. And though there are no used gifts under our tree this year (except for — I’m hoping — a refurbished iPod for me), my girls will be wearing beautiful, like-new, name brand Christmas dresses bought for $8 each at our local resale store. Young children in particular don’t really seem to care if their toys/clothes have been gently loved by a child before them. Kids, they just want to have fun.
Would you put used toys under the tree?