Children grow up so fast, and sometimes it feels like they haven’t had a new toy or book two minutes before they’ve already grown out of it and you’re packing it away.
Buying new toys and books as children grow can become an expensive exercise, especially if you are on a tight budget, so why not consider second hand options?
You can find some great bargains that cost a fraction of the price of new items, and in great condition because children simply outgrown toys and books so quickly.
Here’s where you can find second hand toys and books for kids.
Charity and Second hand shops
Most local charity shops stock a range of books and toys, plus children’s clothing, bags, sporting goods and pretty much everything else you can imagine. You can find a comprehensive directory of second hand book shops in Nottingham here.
Check out your local charity shop
Car boot sales
Who doesn’t love a car boot sale? Yes, you may have to spend some time foraging through boxes for little return, but you can pick up some absolute bargains. The Colwick Car Boot runs every Sunday at Nottingham Racecourse and averages 220 cars a week. You can find more details here.
Car boot sales are a great source for kids books and toys
Along with car boot sales, markets are a great place to find second hand toys and books. For markets that are a little more specific to baby and children’s goods, check out the Baby and Children’s Market page on Facebook which will tell you where to find the closest market to you. Alternatively, the Nottingham council website has links to the various markets in Nottingham.
Your local library
Some libraries hold regular book sales to make way for new stock. Check with your local library as to whether or not they do hold sales, and when the next one will be, or subscribe to their online newsletter and keep up to date.
Second hand toys are often in great condition because they simply haven't been used a lot
Buy and sell websites
Social media sites such as Facebook are full of buy, swap and sell groups and pages dedicated to offloading used goods and products, including baby and children’s toys and books. Many sellers will offer bulk toys and books, so you could find a large amount of things at a very small price.
Alternatively, if you’ve got an abundance of things to sell that your children no longer want or need, you might like to have a go at selling them at a car boot sale, a market or online. Buying second hand is an easy way to save money on otherwise expensive things that may only be used once or twice, while selling is a simple way to make a bit of extra cash and de-clutter the home.