Months ago, after browsing through the internet and noticing how ridiculously expensive baby cribs and crib bedding are, Marcos and I decided that if we started early, kept our eyes open, and waited patiently, we would end up saving a lot of money on baby things.
And then right before Christmas it all sort of came together. This is how we fared:
- Italian Pali brand crib, crib sheet and mattress, all in amazing condition: $100 for all (Craigslist)
- Pale lime green elephant print bumper and matching striped dust ruffle, in perfect condition: $7.50 (thrift store)
- Radical crib canopy: priceless (okay, $19.99 at Ikea)
The walls in Giovanna's corner are still barren, and I haven't yet added the great handmade decorations we got as Christmas gifts (thanks Linds!), but on the night the crib was put together, I made this wall board as an attempt to soften the blow of the mismatchiness of the white baby dresser we were gifted by friends, the cherry wood color of the crib, and the black metal of our bed frame. I found this cork board for a dollar at the thrift store (I loved the blue background), fished out the vintage postcards we collected along our Europe trip, and used my sewing pins to attach them in a simple pattern. It makes such a difference. Who knew?
And so, with some successful purchases under our belt and the process of outfitting our home for a baby well underway, we are ready to sit back, keep our eyes open, and wait patiently for the rest of the pieces to fall into place.
Extra carseat? Anyone?