I've been trolling for used baby gear. I'm typically not good at looking for used stuff but I've lately been trying harder to quell the instant-gratification part of me. It's kind of working.
My goal was to only have to buy a new crib when it came to nursery furniture, and I've managed to make that goal! Since we had the shower I registered but I tried to keep it to gear you really don't want used and asked for used toys and clothing. I knew the clothing thing wouldn't work too well (people love to buy cute little outfits!) but I got some used toys and gear from a couple of friends. From one friend I've received a glider and ottoman which is awesome, and my sister in law is going to give me their crib mattress. Normally I wouldn't take a used mattress but it's family. I know where it's been and who's pooped on it.
So far the tally is pretty good. I've found a used dresser. I ended up getting a changing table from a craig.slisting when I figured out the dresser wasn't wide enough for a changing pad. ooops And the biggest, happiest find yet - Buga.boo Frog stroller. I've been looking at those and decided it fit the bill for being "almost" the perfect stroller. Can't necessarily push it up a mountain like the B.O.B but it'll do fine in our neighborhood. It's a bit awkward for breaking down, but it's super maneuverable and compact. Ironically, you'd think that would make it easy to fold, but no.
Garage sale-ing (ok, my one trip to the massive Staple.ton garage sale and the Just-Between-Friends sale this weekend) has yielded a few items for massive savings.
All that's left to hunt down is a halfway decent high chair.
Oh, and having a baby would be nice too.
And a room in which to put the baby.
And working heat in our house.