As you may remember I am trying to be conscious to purchase more preloved items. I think that people do not realise how much we do waste. Jess grows out of toys and clothes very quickly I do sell a lot of her clothes which are in good condition. Sometimes I do manage to sell toys as well if I think that they are worth it. Usually, I sell on eBay then things which are not perfect end up in the charity shop. Usually when in there we look if there is anything else we would like. We have had toys and games for a fraction of their RRP. EBay is somewhere were I get items which I think are going to be perfect for nursery. As we need clothes we do not mind getting a little bit ruined. Shopping preloved for us is to save items ending up in landfill and to save us some pennies.
This month we had a lot from the charity shop there was so much good stuff in there. This could have been because people have been having a clearout after this Christmas. I am hoping to share every month what we have been picking up. If you have not seen what we picked up in January have a look here. Jess managed to get some amazing bargains as we went in a fair few charity shops this month. Usually, we only go once or twice a month so we do not end up with too much in the house. We are always trying to declutter because we always want more space.
The first couple of items which picked up are some Orchard Toys there a brand which we love. There so educational, however, they are so fun and we can play them as a family after nursery. The first one which we picked up is Dotty Dinosaurs which was only 50p which I think it is a steal. The reason why is because one of the dice is missing however, this does not affect play. I have been since told if you contact Orchard Toys they will replace missing parts which is amazing. This game is simple you pick a board which is dinosaur shaped you roll the dice which has all different shapes on . Then the one it lands on is the one which you can add to your dinosaur. It also has a colours version of this but we do not have the colour dice. We have had so much fun playing this game since we got it. Hopefully are going to be getting the replacement dice very soon.
The other Orchard Toys game which we did pick Doodlebugs which is almost like a child’s version of UNO. This is one which can take a long time so beware because your child may get bored Jess can when we play this. I think it is going to be one which we are going to let a lot of play out of. This is one which she can play when she becomes a bit older too. I think I prefer uno to this one as you do not always get a winner this is something which we have had in the past. For £1.50 you can not go wrong because of the fact that these games can be up to £7-9. I know this has been played but this does not affect our joy. I will be looking out for more Orchard Toys because we do have so much fun playing these. We do not see many of the Orchard Toys second hand because they are so loved.
The other item which we picked up from the same charity shop is a box of Frozen jigsaws. As you may know, Jess does love doing jigsaws because this is something which she can do on her own. We do offer her help if she needs it she manages to a lot of them super fast. Jess does actually complete the 35 ones now. So we have had to pick up some of the harder ones. We got this Frozen boxset which has a 35, 50, 70 and also 100 these should keep her happy for longer. I think these are going to be a lot harder and we are going to have to help her do these as they look so much harder. These only cost us £2.50 which I think is cheap as they are Disney I expect they are around £5-10 in stores.
In another charity shop, we managed to pick up some more jigsaws for Jess which were Disney. As you can see these Jigsaws actually have 10 in 1 box and are Princess themed. The princess seem to be something Jess is getting into more as she gets older. These are only 25 pieces however, the backgrounds of these are hard. I am sure she is going to have to ask for help she did last time we had them out. This is great because it gives us some time together and they will last a while. I was more amazed all of the pieces where actually there for the price we paid. We only spent £1 on all 10 of these. Some of them were also still bagged which was amazing. We are going to have so much fun with these which is a bonus when they are not costing the earth.
Jess is Paw Patrol mad which means that sometimes we do have to watch it. However, it is not always on the TV which can be a pain when she is demanding it is not on Youtube. So when I found these I knew I had to pick up these DVD’s. Jess is going to get so much use of this because of how she loves it. These are ones which she does not have on DVD already which is shocking. She has so many of these I managed to pick £1 each for these DVD’s. These usually are around the £3-4 mark when you see them in Home Bargains and B&M. These will be great for when she wants a movie day because you can pause as they are episodes. She does not have the attention span yet for a complete movie which is a little bit of a shame. I am going to be keeping an eye out for any more paw patrol things because it is something Jess loves and has for a while. However, I am unsure how much longer she is actually going to be a huge fan of the show.
I think this month we managed to go a little bit jigsaw crazy we picked up 4 more jigsaws for her to play with. The easiest one I guess you could say with 35 pieces is a Peppa pig one. This is one which Jess loved but she claimed at the end of the month that it has become too easy. For us this is then when we know it is time for it to find a new home. We actually took this back to the charity shop one weekend. Jess was repeatedly doing this one on her own with no help in a few minutes. I am so proud of how good she is at them . We actually only paid 50p and ot gave her a few hours of fun.
We also picked up a Minnie Mouse jigsaw which is a 50 piece jigsaw hopefully she is going to be able to keep this for a long time. This does look like there is a lot of background colours which are the same this is going to mean that it is going to be a lot harder for her. She always needs a challenge because this is going to push her. She has not tried this one yet so I am sure that she is going to have enough fun when she finally does get it. This is going to be perfect for those days when we get home from nursery and she wants to do something. Or on a weekend when the weather is pretty rubbish this is going to be great.
Another jigsaw which Jess picked up is another Disney Fairies which is a 42 piece. This again looks like on which is one which could last for a while because it is harder than some of the ones which she currently owns. Disney is something which she seems to be getting into more and more. I can only see this getting stronger and stronger.. Again this is a steal at only 50p because these are more expensive than this in the stores. There is a wide range of colours on there which is something which Jess is going to love. I do not think this one is going to be too hard for her but she many need some help.
The other jigsaw which we did pick up was a Doc McStuffin jigsaw which is another Disney show. This is not one which we have actually seen so I don’t know the characters. It is a 42 piece jigsaw I am unsure how hard she will actually find this one. If it is too easy it can go back to the charity on one of trips. If it is a little bit too hard we can work together on this. This jigsaw is one which she doesn’t currently have access to because I have to keep some back. In case we can not replace the ones which we have already completed for example and we would not have enough space.
Cooking books is something else I like to pick up because they are so much cheaper than paying the RRP. It also allows us to get new recipes which I then can come and share on my meal inspiration Mondays. The two which we have picked up are the Hairy Bikers Dieters for Life this has a lot which we have made from it. These have a lot of recipes which are healthy which is amazing because this is something which we are trying to do. I actually picked this book up for £1.50 which is super cheap because it would have been at least £10 when it was brand new.
The other one is a takeaway book which has all the classics in which you order it is so much cheaper and we find a lot of pleasure in cooking meals which we have never done before. There is a hell of a lot less calories which is good for people losing weight but still wanting treats. This is one which we have made a few recipes from since we have owned it I would recommend this book if you can get your hands on it. There is so many recipes which I want to make as a result of this book. It cost us £1.50 and for sure it is one which we will be getting more use out of. I am going to keep my eye out for more of these cooking books.
Another item which I picked up is a boxset of books from Next. These are actually baking books which is something I love to do as well. There is three in this set which include Gorgeous Cakes, Chocolate Treats and Cupcakes Mini Bakes. These are going to be amazing when I want some inspiration. Usually, I find a lot of the inspiration on Pinterest however, sometimes there is nothing better than having an actual book. I for sure will let you know when I have made something using this book with all this rainy weather I can see if been soon. I picked up this boxset for £2.50 which is a little bit more than I usually pay however, it is for charity.
What have you picked up preloved this month?