Saving on toys and child products

April 3, 2009 10:10:07 PM PDT
Parenting can be very expensive. The cost of everything from clothes to toys can really add up. But Action News has found some unique ways you can save money on a variety of children and baby products. The Browns use, which is a toy rental website. Celeste likes it because she can test toys before buying or forego buying for little Fiona all together!

"A one-year old has the attention span for two days for a toy and then she's done with it. So it's just a wonderful idea."

BabyPlays has toys appropriate for infants on up to kids' 5-years-old. The cheapest plan allows you to rent 5 toys every sixty days for $26.99 a month.

"They come vacuum sealed in this plastic, they're sterilized, they're clean, they're safe."

Expert Mom Shannon Choe runs Premier Baby Concierge a service for expecting and new parents. She recommends RentaToy and BabyPlays to her clients as a money-saver and a time-saver.

"When you return it it comes with a tape and a pre-addressed envelope to send back so very simple."

Here's another option we've told you before about Replay Toys in Warminster. At the toy consignment store many items are about 80-percent off regular retail prices!

If you live near Center City check out Toybrary. It operates out of the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square.

"You can borrow toys for two weeks and bring them back and get a whole new set," said Molly Garza.

"The membership fee is $60 for a year-long membership which allows you to take out five points worth of toys at a time. Each toy is assigned a point value the large majority of toys are two or three points," said Marilyin Webber.

Toybrary is open from 10:00 to noon on Wednesdays and 11:00 to 1:00 every first and third Saturday of the month.

"I am a children's and maternity consignment boutique."

For designer labels for less look no further than Worn Yesterday in Manayunk.

This is a brand called Cakewalk who's made by Oilily. The original price around $85 for this cute little dress tunic and my price is $16.80," said Davida Levin.

Here you'll also find tiny tuxes and other kids' formal wear and everything is a third or more off original prices. There's even an entire rack of clothes for just a dollar!

"A lot of the baby, children, and maternity clothes and shoes here are brand new. In fact, they still have the tags on them; take a look at these Belly Basic dresses. This one was originally $140 but here it's $48. And this blue spring dress was originally $118 but here it's $36.89."

For more information: (Toybrary website)

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