Parenthood is an expensive game - no doubt about it.
But, as a group of Sheffield mums have now proven, there’s no reason it has to break the bank.
“Putting a nursery together for your child should be fun and enjoyable,” said Catherine Slaney, of the Dronfield MUMS Breastfeeding Support Group.
“But by the time you’re done paying out for maternity wear, pushchairs, cribs, car seats, carriers, clothing, baths and changing tables, the fun has usually stopped.”
Now the group has organised a Nearly New Sale, where parents can pick up everything they need for their bundle of joy at a fraction of the cost - and possibly offload some bits too.
“Most new babies will have been bought lots of new clothes, some that may have been worn only once or twice before being outgrown, others which may never have been used,” said Catherine.
“If you have more than one child, chances are you’re already familiar with the idea of getting a second use out of nearly new items.
“High street stores can be so expensive, so why not try something like this that allows you to pick up quality items for much less?”
The savings can be staggering.
A pushchair, costing £100 new, can be picked up for more like £20 and a cot, bought new for £250, can be bagged for around £40.
Catherine added: “So many new mums and dads out there don’t know that nearly new sales exist.
“Unless you know someone, or are part of a group such as Dronfield MUMS, you can easily miss out.
“We want to spread the word so that nobody misses out, so come along and pick up some really nice things for your newborn, or even your toddler.”
The Dronfield MUMS Breastfeeding Support Group Nearly New Sale will be held tomorrow at The Children’s Centre on Oakhill Road in Dronfield, from 10am to noon.
A percentage of the proceeds from items sold will go to Dronfield MUMS Breastfeeding support group, a not-for-profit group run by local mums.