Not only did we just totally SCORE on Craigslist two weeks ago with our new awesome couch AND randomly-timed matching chair, but apparently we are lucky on the retail side as well.
Let me explain...
Chris and I are "over researchers"... we will research something to death, weigh all the pros and cons, read every review, test, try-out, examine, then test again before we make a decision on something. Does this make the whole process of having a kid and buying new baby stuff a little daunting? ummm, YES, but at the same time I love being informed and knowing that we are making the best choices for our little one and what works for our family.
That being said, it should come as no surprise that when it came down to strollers, Chris and I were a bit overwhelmed with options. Do we want a matching travel system? Best safety rating? Ease of collapsability (its a word)? A jogger? One that can expand with our family? Not to mention that strollers range from $250 to upwards of $1,200!! (FOR A STROLLER!! A STROLLER, people!)
After playing with a lot of different models, brands, shapes, and sizes, Chris and I made the decision to go with the Baby Jogger City Select.
|Yea, $500, I know...|
So I set off to where I always go to find my deal-ios, Craigslist.
Sadly, either this is the world's most popular stroller, or it has the resell value of a late 90's Honda.
We are still a ways away from my due date (8 weeks is a "ways", right?) but the pressure of everyone asking "Do you have everything all set and ready?" was really adding up since we really don't have a lot for our guy yet (... a crib? check. Mattress? eh, not so much). So tackling something as big-ticket as a stroller was really up there on our to-do list.
Enter Saturday when we stopped by Babies R Us.
It was Chris's dad's birthday and we wanted to run in real quick to get him a "Grandpa" t-shirt or something, only to discover that "mom", "dad", and "grandma" were much more dominating options. Confused as what else to do, and overall frightened in general to be in Babies R Us, (really, there is just TOO much in that store... it makes me sweaty) we decided to walk around to maybe get some ideas.
Over by the stroller section, we saw our cute little Baby Jogger City Select out on the floor, but kinda in the middle of the isle with 3 other strollers. Unable to resist temptation, Chris and I began playing with it again (folding, unfolding, switching seats, etc) and determined that we still love it. It even happened to be in the color we liked ("Sand").
|Chris makes strollering look GOOD|
While Chris went into hunker-down protection/do-not-let-anyone-even-look-at-this-stroller mode, I ran off to find the nearest associate to ask WHY it was marked down so heavily (my guess was that it was a floor model that 10,000 people had beaten up over the months, or it was missing a part, or a tear or something).
Low and behold, the really nice Babies R Us guy said that it was actually brand new! Someone had just returned it still new in the box earlier in the day but instead of reselling it in the box, they just decided to build it, put it on the floor, and mark it down. The full warranty and everything still applied and it had only been out for an hour or two.
SOLD!! FREAKIN' SOLD!!
|See how easy and lightweight it is for Chris to carry? Ohhhh... ahhh.....|
The only other thing to do was take the obligatory "I'm-way-too-excited-about-a-stroller" picture.
|I dont want to talk about what the Texas humidity does to my hair....|
1. For me NOT to be able to find something at a super bargain on Craigslist
2. For us to even go in Babies R Us (like I said, large and too many options make me sweaty and nervous)
3. That we were there mere hours after our ultimate stroller had been placed on the floor.
4. Even our favorite color (but in all honesty, for 50% off, our little boy could have gotten used to a very masculine pink for all I care)
Once again, the heavens have aligned for this poor little thrifty couple! And we are psyched!!!
Has anyone else out there ever had great luck at retail like this? Normally I don't but I would love to hear from you guys!