Since our family grew we had to make some big changes, the electricity, heating and shopping budget all increased, money is tight so we decided to make some big changes and one of mine was to shop for second-hand toys for the kids.

Children are so expensive, their needs and tastes change so quickly. Buying second hand baby clothes and toys helps create a greener environment, landfill space is preserved. Buying used goods also costs only fraction of the original price.

I researched some baby and toddler second hand markets local to me and came across The Baby Market. So Kayla and I headed along is search of some inexpensive educational toys.

Upon arrival there was a €3 entrance fee with €1 donated to charity. I loved the layout of the room, it was spacious with plenty of room between tables, perfect for creeping through the thirty something stalls, toys were stockpiled and the atmosphere was lovely. There was an excellent variety of quality second hand baby, toddler, maternity and children’s goods. I also came across a handful of stalls with local vendors selling services and goods, and there was a little kiddies corner with arts and crafts too.

Kayla and I went off exploring for some bargains, our aim was to find some new toys for the little man. This teddy was one of Kayla’s finds. The Fisher-Price Love to Play Puppy normally retailing for €19.99, we got it for €3. Frankie love’s it.

Another bargain not to be missed was this VTech Playtime Bus that normally retails for €26.99. It is an interactive talking bus that teaches phonics, letters and numbers, costing us mere €4. While Frankie loves pressing the button, Kayla is having a great time answering the interactive curriculum questions, it’s a very educational toy.

Some people may be too proud to buy their children second hand toys but honestly after finding these little treasures I will definitely be back. It’s shocking some of the bargain that can be found. Stall holders had travel systems, car-seats, cots, bouncers and baby monitors and sterilisers. You could get everything you need for a newborn baby under one roof, it’s amazing and so cheap.

Always keep an eye out for product recalls especially when buying for a baby and always check the product is in perfect working order before purchase.