As a boymom with two kids ages 2 and 9 months, I have yet to experience the “Back to School shopping” panic. But the “shopping with a toddler and a baby in public” panic on the other hand, I know that feeling quite well. It’s one of the main reasons my husband and I signed up for Amazon Prime two weeks after our second was born.
So needless to say, I was a little worried to venture into Goodwill’s Middleburg Heights Store for some shopping with my kids. But this mama was smart and we brought Grammy along for our shopping adventure. Our goal was to find a few fall clothing items for the boys and maybe a treat or two. Get in and get out as quickly as possible.
Items in our cart at checkout?
- 2 sweaters - $2.00 apiece
- 1 Winnie-the-Pooh outfit - $2.00
- 1 pair of overalls - $2.00
- 1 Cars3 coloring book - $0.50
- 1 slinky - $0.50
- 2 dog toys - $3.00
- 1 Fisher Price Little People Wheelies City Skyway with car for Grammy’s House - $7.00
- 1 Minnie Mouse Shopping Cart - $2.00
Total? About $20.00. In my opinion, you can’t beat that!
How did the kiddos fare? Pretty well!
We made the trek across the Goodwill parking lot without incident and my toddler let me hold his hand (Phew! He’s been exercising his independence lately, which is great, but not in parking lots). After we got inside the store I quickly got the baby in a shopping cart and my toddler decided he wanted to walk – but only after we got a special shopping basket for him to carry around his green frog stuffed animal in, of course.
We headed towards the kids clothing first and I was genuinely surprised at how easy it was to quickly find things right away. It’s so nice that Goodwill stores size and colorize clothing. I can’t even imagine trying to find the right size hanger by hanger with my kids in tow!
I immediately went back to MY childhood when I pulled a Winnie-the-Pooh sweat suit off the rack. It’s clear this outfit had been worn once or twice as a Halloween costume or something. It’s practically brand new with the sweat suit material still super soft. And for $2.00 I just couldn’t pass it up (even though I knew the hubby would role his eyes at it!). I think Disney is so expensive, so I was happy to find this deal.
The sweaters I picked up were from OshKosh and Children’s Place (awesome, but expensive brands). Again, both in like-new quality and for $2.00 apiece. And I finished up with a cute pair of bear overalls from Koala Kids.
Even though I have two boys, they were born at different times of the year. I’ve had to add a few seasonal items into the baby’s wardrobe and found Goodwill is a great place to find brand new or like-new baby clothes for $1.00 or $2.00 apiece.
On our way over to the toy aisle, we stopped to pick out dog toys for each of our dogs. The dog toys are brand new and are one of the products shoppers can always count on to find at Goodwill with our “New Goods” program.
The kids toy aisle was actually fun. The toddler played with a couple cars and a fire helmet while my mom and I shopped. Grammy found a great deal on a Fisher Price Little People Wheelies City Skyway car ramp for her house. Both my boys are really into cars. I was so happy she found it!
The Minnie Mouse shopping cart? It was either buy it for $2.00 or endure a public toddler meltdown at my place of employment. You’ll guess which option I wisely chose.
Finally, on our way over to checkout, I noticed fabulous closeouts for new parents or grandparents. Goodwill had three brand new pack n’ plays and a brand new Eddie Bauer travel system! I couldn’t believe my eyes!
The checkout process was quick and painless (except when we had to hand over the Minnie Mouse shopping cart for 30 seconds). And just like that, we were on our way.
It was an enjoyable shopping trip with the boys and my mom. I think we walked away with some wonderful merchandise for a small investment. While I’m probably not ready to give up my Prime membership EVER, I think a trip to Goodwill is a fun experience for kids and parents alike.
Stay strong out there fellow boymoms! I know you’re working hard to keep the chaos in check from son up to son down!