Friday, July 24, 2009

toys, toys, & more toys!

this morning, the kids and i went to the kids exchange. our city has this giant 3 day event twice a year, where anyone can buy and sell their used baby and kids items. it's free to get in, and if you sell things, you get 2/3 of the selling price (which you set yourself). it was started 6 years ago by three stay-at-home mom's as a way to earn some extra money. we went in january for the first time, and found some good stuff for the kids. it was right before malcolm's birthday, so we didn't get much for him then, since his party was coming right up. but he is almost a year and a half now, and much bigger. so he needs some new toys and learning activities. we were there for almost 4 hours! crazy, i know. i'll admit it is a bit overwhelming. it is held in this giant building at the fairgrounds, and there is sooo much stuff packed in there, so it takes a while to take it all in, and decide what to get. plus with the crowds, and a stroller loaded with toys, you have to take your time. we stood in line for just about an hour to checkout and pay. but we made out with some awesome stuff! talk about the ultimate way to recycle. plus by shopping there, we are helping out other parents who could use some extra cash. i'm definitely going to start saving items to sell the next time around.

this photo doesn't even come close to showing the sheer mayhem of this place

malcolm was sooo good the whole time, and was wiped out by the time we got to the registers

malcolm's booty

alanna's stuff (brand new cadoo game)

fruits and veggies puzzles

magnetic white board on one side, magnetic chalk board on the other

and malcolm's favorite item of the day!

he's been putting them on, and taking them off all day, haha


  1. OMG cutest boots EVER! That place looks great, I love kids toys and kids stuff. I'm sure it was insane in there too! Glad you guys picked up some awesome stuff :).

  2. Oh my, you must let us know about this next time! This is great! I'm glad you guys found some goodies, everything looks awesome! :)


  3. I love the boots!! I just bought that caterpillar rattle at Target this week! I pick up random baby things here and there :)

  4. haley, i will let you know about the next one for sure. it will be in january.
    and yeah lynn, the rattle and the flower chime garden are more for an infant, so i thought i would get them now and save them for the next bambino?! <3

  5. Man, I need to go there! That place looks awesome!

    Malcolm is so adorable! xo