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Published July 20th 2019
Are you a toy addict?
Do you feel like you are heading down a slippery path of toy addiction with stashes of toys hidden around the house?
We are fortunate enough to live in a society of generosity and kindness and this flows into gifts and hand me downs to the children. Before you know it, you are a skilled artful dodger of kids toys and clothes scattered all over the house. In an effort to try and stay organised or at least appear organised, you begin to find random toys hidden in draws, handbags, even dressing gown pockets are becoming home to toy cars and bits n bobs.
A lot of houses now have a dedicated toy room, something I dreamed of when I was a kid opposed to a shared toy box with my siblings. Nowadays, I have a subconscious need to give kids what I didn't get as a child and there is so much adorable stuff out there that I would have cherished in the 80s.
However, I am a seemingly responsible adult now and have to control the urge of instant gratification that leads to a cheap toy purchase for my babies that is hurriedly opened in the car and soon finds its way to the land of the doomed wedged under the bed and forgotten about, just like a scene from Toy Story.
Alternative options are the answer, they are everywhere and will never be advertised on the TV during episodes of Paw Patrol or MasterChef.
Kids Warehouse in Carrum Downs is a high quality, well managed new and used consignment shop for kid's toys and clothing from size 0 to teens. The process is super easy; create an account, bring in your quality used items for assessment and wander around the shop. Your unwanted items are strategically placed throughout the warehouse for purchase and you receive a percentage of the sale towards your instore account to spend next time you are in store. Even when you have nothing to consign, you will save a fortune.
I have been selling and purchasing with Kids Warehouse for two years now and been lucky enough to buy designer labels, brand new clothes with tags and used clothing that has been tried and tested assuring the quality. More importantly, I can't remember the last time I had to open my wallet to buy something as this little circular economy has worked itself out. Just remember to check the website for required items.
Councils offer toy libraries. Toys are quality checked, cleaned, practical and loved. Yes, most items aren't shiny and new in packaging but little kids don't care about that, they love the novelty of having something different to play with. Once a monthly routine is established, visits to the toy library become exciting, kids begin to understand the concept of returning toys and borrowing new one(s). Toy libraries also run with the help of volunteers. This option requires membership and is great for Grandparents who have the grandkids on a regular basis but don't need excessive toys about the empty nest.
Another frustration is the come down of buying clothes from chain stores. Once washed they immediately lose their zing and reality sets in. What a waste of money and time. Ethical purchases from local businesses is another way to stop buying unnecessary clothing that you see on every other kid. Pay a little more for better quality and buy less (you will break even if not save money in the long run). Quality clothing lasts longer and you feel proud to pass outfits along to someone else and avoid the rag pile. If you pay a little more you are more inclined to cherish it. Building relationships with local business owners is a bonus too, you will be in the know of upcoming sales and may even receive loyalty discounts. Jan at Lemonade Factory has been operating for 23 years and knows her products inside out. She can also give you a short history lesson of the original Lemonade Factory in Sorrento.