One thing about bargain shopping that I don't think I've ever mentioned before, is the power of talking to your friends. Are you looking for something particular? Talk about it. It's that easy.
I've been looking for a baby/kid-carrier hiking backpack for a while. I've been keeping my eyes open at the local consignment stores, Craigslist, etc. I found a really nice Kelty one about a year ago at our local Re-Kid for $40, but I passed it up thinking that I could get one cheaper. Ugh! I've been kicking myself ever since, for walking away from that deal. It was a good price! So, my search continued.
In a recent conversation with a friend from church, I mentioned that we were looking for one. She kindly offered to let us borrow theirs whenever we wanted. So nice!
Then, I recently got a Facebook post from her, informing me that her neighbor was cleaning out their garage or basement and offered them a baby/kid-carrier hiking backpack. Because they already have one, she almost passed it up, but then she remembered that I was looking for one. So, she snagged it for me! She mentioned that it would need to be cleaned off, but was in otherwise good condition. I didn't know what brand it was or anything. I was just excited!
We both attend a bi-weekly get-together with other women from our church, so she brought it with her last night. It's a Kelty!! And because of her, we got it for FREE! WOO-HOO! I'm so stoked! Here it is (before getting cleaned up):
Can you tell I'm excited? Well, I am! We're planning to use it this coming weekend!
So, never underestimate the power of talking to your friends about the things you're looking for. You just never know what will come of it!