We’re down to the wire now for the baby’s arrival, so there’s been a lot of preparation happening around our casa lately. In continuing with my “sensible first time mom” theme, I’ve been Kijijing like crazy.
I know that buying used items aren’t for everyone, and that’s totally fine. For me though, it’s a goldmine. I’ve done really and have gotten some awesome finds for the kid while saving a few bucks along the way.
So far I’ve scored big with my cloth diapering choice of Apple Cheeks. I found a lady who was selling about $400 worth of Apple Cheeks for $160.
I also scored a JJ Cole Bundle Me for $25, and a Tiny Love playmat for $25 from someone else.
And I’m super excited about my Belly Bandit and Shrinx Hips – got them both for $65 instead of the $125 + tax it would have cost me to buy them new. (Okay, so not everything is for baby, I’ve got to get mine too!)
I’ve had a lot of experience with Kijiji because my mom has been hitting it up pretty hard for kids stuff as well, and I’m usually the one who goes out to pick it up. In my experience, there are a few ground rules one should follow as a good Kijiji purchaser.
- Be serious. I never reply to a Kijiji ad unless I definitely want the item and am ready to set a time to pick it up.
- Check the address. I don’t like contacting someone unless I have some idea of where they live, especially in the city. I might be making assumptions about people based on their address, and maybe that’s not totally right, but if I have to go to someone’s house to look at their stuff, I want to make sure they live in a nicer neighbourhood than I do to make sure it’s worth my time. I also tend to look up the neighbourhood on Google Maps to get a clear street view if I’m not familiar with the area. My general practice is if the house, furniture and car are nicer than my own, then I’m good to shop.
- Be prompt. I don’t mess around with Kijiji. If I’m emailing you, odds are that I’m ready to pick up the stuff later that day or the next day. Nothing drives me crazier than emailing someone about an ad only to have them not respond to you for several days. Time is money, people!
What about you? Are you into Kijiji, or are you more of a buy it new kind of person? I’d love to hear about any deals you’ve scored!