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Reuse It Baby! Market

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by Clay Steele (subscribe)
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Make out like a bandit for your baby
Impending parenthood is an exciting time; one looks forward with nervous anticipation for when that first little bundle of joy will come into the world. Over the 9 month period of morning sickness, cravings and feeling the little one kick one also comes to the realisation of how much new accoutrements are required to cater for the new arrival.
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Large items section of Reuse it Baby

The retailers rub their hands together with glee as they prepare to charge us massive mark ups on mass-produced, sweat shop constructed goods. I myself though rise against this rabid consumerism; this throwaway society of ours; this newer and pricier is better culture. I stand with a fist in the air and shout "NO!" as 'Rage Against the Machine' plays in the background. Alright, that's not the case at all: I'm just a colossal tightarse.

Whether you're being thrifty or soft-left self-righteous, 'Reuse it Baby' market is a godsend for parent and parents-to-be. With babies insistence on growing larger-and-larger at an alarming rate (dratted little capitalists!) they tend to grow out of things long before they are worn out. Hence buying second hand makes a heck of a lot of sense.

'Reuse it Baby' offers buyers a cacophony of baby and tot related items at a price that even the most discount oriented retailer simply cannot match. At my visit I walked out with a change-table, a pram, a stroller, a baby monitor and a cache of essential clothing items for under $300. Had I paid the dreaded RRP I could well have been up for over $1K.

No babies were harmed during filming

The intangible in all this is the vendors. The vast majority are mums and dads whose kids have now grown too big for the items on sale. When you purchase from them you get the heart-warming stories of what the items mean to them. Not only that but you can haggle as if you were at an Asian night-market! For both reasons surely this is vastly superior to the salesperson on the floor of whatever McBaby Megamart has set up next to Bunnings.

The majority of items are clothing and toys however a reasonable collection of larger items are also available (prams, pushers, cradles etc.). Apologies that there aren't many photos - I didn't feel comfortable snapping away for internet publishing with so many children about. Rest assured that there is no shortage of variety and you could find at least one of just about anything you could possibly need for a baby or small child.

These markets run once a month at the Substation in Newport, with ample parking at the neighbouring Newport train station. So for parents of young children, or for those with a bun in the oven, this is an ideal opportunity to save money and - if you're so inclined - give the finger to slave labour retail.
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Why? Cheaper is sometimes better
When: Last weekend of the month
Where: The Substation, Newport
Cost: Entry $3, kids free
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