Who else shops for nearly new, second hand toys at bargain prices? Whether it’s on Ebay; Facebook or at nearly new sales -as a mum starting a business, I am on a tight budget and so I love picking up a good deal!
Recently I bought the ELC Buggy Steering Wheel from another mum over Facebook. Retailing new at around £25, I bought it second hand in immaculate condition for a fiver and no haggling necessary! What a bargain! Overjoyed at said bargain and after my son clearly now loves his new toy to play with in the pushchair; I can’t stop telling my mummy friends what a marvellous deal I’d grasped and therefore I can meet for a coffee after swimming because I have change to spare – I feel like I’ve won the lottery!
I’ve now had the steering wheel for less than a week. It works perfectly, I still want to shout from the rooftops about my amazing thriftiness and just to reiterate – my son LOVES it! Then step in his father who I shall aptly name ‘Daddy Pig’… (for those who watch Peppa!)
You know what’s coming don’t you? ‘Daddy Pig’ and I are walking around our local shopping centre with our little boy in the buggy – ‘BEEP BEEP BEEP’ he bangs on the horn. He is quite happy and so are we. Until ‘Daddy Pig’ decides against my better judgement that the steering wheel needs to be screwed tighter to the pram.
Yes, you guessed it!- he snapped the fixture that holds it into place and the steering wheel is now being held on to the buggy only on one side. Cue my son wanting to bang on the horn again and the whole thing is off!
To make matters worse, after trying to temporarily fix it to avoid a tantrum as well as expressing my annoyance to ‘Daddy Pig’ as calmly as you possibly can do in front of a 1 year old; a little boy who is about 5 is passing by with his mum. He points to the steering wheel in excitement but then stops to tell his mum (loudly) that it’s broken.
His face of disappointment mirrored my feelings. Even though my son was quite happy with the temporary fix, this toy was no longer the same in my eyes. It was broken and my bargain achievement of the decade was no more. Chances are I wouldn’t be able to get the same bargain again and the thought of buying this same toy again new at full price would feel like some sort of defeat.
It’s the little things isn’t it!
Thank you ‘Daddy Pig’!
Until next time!