We finally got that snowfall we’ve been waiting for! The snowfall was about two to three inches, and the boys were just itching to get out there and play in it. Unfortunately, the snow was just too powdery for building snowmen or having a snowball fight. But, it was perfect for making snow angels and for sledding. So, this weekend, our free activity with the boys was just that — hitting the slope!
For the past couple of years we have been going to the big hill at the Schiller Park Forest Preserve by Irving Park Road and Cumberland. It is just a single hill, but it is tall and sloped, and it does the trick! So, we suited up and headed out. That sounds so easy, and free. But as we began getting ready, pulling out snow pants, snow boots, gloves, hats, scarves and sleds, I realized that it wasn’t a completely “free” activity. Sure, sledding down the hill is free, but all that gear was not! As I checked everyone out to make sure that they were ready for the slope, I realized that we were almost completely decked out in used gear. Though we didn’t go out and purchase these items this year, we did last year, at the beginning of the winter. I thought it was pertinent to show what we got used and for how much and see how much we saved rather than buying it new.
So, here goes:
- Tommy Hilfiger down coat, purchased at Thrift & Thrive for $9.99 (retails new for $117.50 on Amazon)
- Plain, matching red stretchy gloves, also purchased at thrift store for $.50 (retails new for $2.00)
- Scarf, purchased at thrift store for $1.99 (retails new for $5.00)
- Hat, purchased at thrift store for $.99 (retails new for $5.00)
- Vintage “Holland” ski cap with pom-pom, purchased at thrift store years back, probably for $.99 (priceless really,but a new ski cap would have retailed for $15.00)
- Scarf, purchased at Thrift & Thrive for $1.99 (retails new for $7.00)
- Snow bib overalls, actually found in our house after we bought it from previous owners! (retails new for $32.00)
- Hat, also purchased from thrift store years ago, probably for $.99 (retails new for $5.00)
- Down coat (can’t remember the brand, and he’s at school), purchased from a thrift store for $6.99 (similar coats retail new for $70.00)
- Snow bib overalls, purchased from thrift store for $7.99 (retails new for $30.00)
- Scarf, knitted by mom two years ago (again, priceless! But, I did buy that yarn for it, so I won’t count this.)
- Snow boots, purchased from Thrift & Thrive for $4.99 (retail new for $30.00)
- Hat, hand-me-down from Liam (retails new for $5.00)
- Old Navy down coat, purchased from Thrift & Thrive for $4.99 (retails new for $60.00)
- Snow pants, purchased from thrift store for $4.99 (retail new for $30.00)
- Mittens purchased from Thrift & Thrive for $1.99 (retail new for $10.00)
- Snow boots, hand-me-downs from Liam (retail new for $30.00)
- We actually, and you aren’t going to believe this, found the two plastic disk sleds in the alley last year! These retail new for $12.82 each on Amazon!
So, through thrifting and reusing for our winter outerwear, which those boys will just grow out of in a season or two anyhow, we saved a whopping $429.76! Here’s to thrifting!