Pass It On Spring 2012

The popular Pass It On Sale for kids stuff is currently in swing at the Albany Academy Field House, through Saturday. We checked it out a few years ago, and you can score some great deals. And, of course, the earlier you go, the better the selection. (Also, someone tell Akum.)


One of the double decker cupcake buses in there.

I went at the first slot, 3pm Tuesday for new moms and found nothing that I would be comfortable letting a newborn use. Everything seemed dirty and used (as in, not gently used). The prices didn't justify against buying new. But for people who enjoy garage sale-ing I guess it could be fun. I just don't enjoy looking through a bunch of other people's old crap.

Gee, guys, thanks for looking out for me! :) I'm just back from the sale, where we scored a bunch of dollhouse furniture and a stack of children's books. Oh, and some sort of plastic robot dog. A most satisfying haul.

I had the opposite experience of @L. I went yesterday as I was too late to sign up for the new-mom preview.

Clothing was in excellent condition. I purchased a handfull of 0-3 month clothing with tags still on for $2-3 per piece. I bought a Boppy in original packaging for $20 (retails for $44), a Snugli and an Over the Shoulder sling for $10 each. Snugli appears unused, sling is gently used in original packaging with directions. Bumbo chairs retail for $45, I bought one in good condition for $20.

There were a few negatives:
-I was disappointed by the quality and cleanliness of the pack and plays and strollers.

-Although it seemed to be organized to start out, it quickly devolved into a mess. Books, toys and the baby aisle were hard to browse.

-Some aisles were very narrow and not suitable for the crowds, especially parents pushing strollers.

-Checkout line was about 30 minutes long.

Overall, I had a good experience. I would go back for clothing and books, and would recommend for new moms.

I'm not a garage sale person. I chose to go to this sale after shopping at one of the big baby shops last weekend, and leaving totally depressed. New baby items are incredibly expensive, and so many of them are used for such a short time. I was told I'd need three car seats and two strollers for the first year. I'm having exactly one baby. $429 for a bassinette that will be used for 4-16 weeks. I'm not willing to buy into that. Both expensive and wasteful.

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