OK, I did not realize what a great idea my dad had when I was a kid-
when Santa came, the presents from him were already on display, track half laid out, dolls with clothes laid around, books open and bookmarked, like he had stopped to play after setting them out.
My brothers and I delighted in playing with what Santa had left, seemingly hours before parents woke up. Then we had breakfast, and leisurely opened the family gifts.
years later, I heard that sometimes Santa left wrapped gifts, and you had to wait to open them.
As an adult now, knowing that Santa can leave out gifts unwrapped and ready to go has been such a blessing!
I have shopped and used secondhand for just about my entire 40something years, and my kids have not had any ill effects, either.
As always, check for choking hazards, lead paint, torn or stained or broken stuff, and avoid those, but you would not believe how much "like new" you can find secondhand.
Now, one year, the kids were desperate for a Wii game system. So Santa left them cold hard cash. But, the money saved from buying secondhand all year allowed us to buy the Wii once it was finally
And now that the Wii is, years later, mostly untouched but still perfectly fine, should I just trash it? No way. Next year or so, when they are off to college, I may finally do the exercise game I asked for one year, or maybe sell the whole system and do something fun with the money.
I went to a huge fancy auction/dinner/party not too long ago, and most of my outfit was second hand. I wore a top from CAbi, boots from Nordstroms, and the rest was all secondhand, including my purse and jewelry and scarf and hat. And I looked good, and have the photos to prove it! (do not know how to post on-line, but trust me, I looked good
and happy. Even my DD who is a jr in HS agreed!
So, go for it, and when someone asks where you got fabulous item X, you could say, "Thank-you! I got it at an temporary outdoor market."
(which is yardsale, but they will think chic. Or, jsut say thanks, and move on.)