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Prosecco Mum’s review of Little Pickles Market

Guest Post – Check out Jess from Prosecco Mum, review and thoughts on Little Pickles Market

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One of the things I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is that babies don’t tend to wear clothes for long before they suddenly go through those bloody ‘growth spurts’ and burst out of clothes quicker than you can say, Michelin Man. 


So I’m a huge fan of Nearly New Baby Sales where you can pick up new, or as good as new, bargains for a fraction of their original price!


I have sold at a fair few Little Pickles Markets now and not only do I realise my children have a better wardrobe than me and are the new reason I teeter on bankruptcy each month but I realise how spoilt they are; rows and rows of clothes all hung on rails still with tags on, shoes that haven’t even been unclipped and every gizmo and gadget, you can guarantee they’ve had it. Well, probably not quite so much with Arlo, poor second child, I learnt my lesson with him and he still parades round with pink muslins and pink bibs on. But gender neutral clothing’s all the rage now, isn’t it?!


I don’t tend to buy clothes at these things but the last time I was selling I had a quick peruse at some of the other stallholders bits before the frenzied buyers burst through the door, and I managed to pick up a Gro Clock (I’m glad I brought it second hand because it doesn’t bloody work for Sofia she just bursts in at the crack of dawn saying “my clocks still blue mummy”) and a Maxi Cosi Family Fix base – that was a real bargain. On other occasions I have picked up some nearly new Clarks shoes for Sofia for nursery and a brand new bike seat, even though neither of us own a bike…but, you never know, maybe one day – and it was a bargain!

 

Today I sold at the Eastleigh market which is held at Fleming Park leisure centre – it’s a really busy market and ran from 10.30-12, so long enough to be constantly busy and not enough time to get bored or take up a whole day! The queue was out the door and around the carpark and I people’s faces were peeping through the door at 10am, which heaped the pressure on as I frantically tried to unload my jumbo bags full of one man’s treasure.

I had a great day today, I made over £200 and the best bit, is unlike carboot sales, people are all here for one thing; baby stuff so every person walking round is a potential buyer of your items. I was selling to make money, of course, but also to start ridding the house of bags and bags of bits that I’d accumulated over the past 3.5 years. By 11am my stall had quite literally been ransacked and I’d sold the big items such as the Sleepyhead, baby bath, baby carrier, stroller pushchair and shedloads of clothes. Also, unlike a carboot sale it’s all inside which is a real bonus as it will never be ‘rained off’ and you’ll always be warm and dry!

So what was the key to today’s success? 

  • Having a mixture of items – clothes, toys, books as well as some of the bigger items as mentioned 
  • It probably also helped that I had both boys and girls clothing; though obviously if you only have one, there’s not much you can do about that!
  • Pricing the items right – in hindsight I probably did the Sleepyhead too cheap but it’s gone now and no longer residing in the kids playroom, the clothes I marked anything from 50p (for leggings, tights and baby vests) up to £7 (for brand new with tags John Lewis/Gap/Ted Baker type items) and everything in between
  • Be prepared – I mark up all clothing labels with brand, size and price, it not only makes it easier for the people looking but also for me when selling!
  • Presentation – I always think that even though it’s a second hand/nearly new sale, it doesn’t mean that everything should look shabby….myself included! 
  • Good quality items – I only sell things I’d be happy to buy myself and I am fussy. So I do wash, iron and hang all of my clothes ahead of the sale.

Do you visit nearly new sales? Have you ever been to a Little Pickles market before?

You can see where your nearest market is by clicking here, and you never know I might see you at one if you’re local!

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Little Pickles Markets Buyers Tips

Our mission is to save parents as much money as they can kitting out their growing families from bump to early school years at our Little Pickles Markets and on through their primary years at our BIGGER Pickles Markets.

With this in mind we have a few tips to help you to be a savvy nearly new shopper.

  1. Raid the change jar – If you have your £1 entry ready on entry to the market, it help the queue go down quicker, so you can get shopping quicker. The stall holders also appreciate it if you have change instead of handing over a note.
  2. Time your shop – Our popular markets do attract a long queue of money savvy parents eager to scoop the bargains, so if you want first dibs make sure you arrive early to get to the front of the queue. If you like a quieter shop, you can arrive later, don’t worry there will still be tons of great quality bargains left.
  3. Make a list and set a budget – if you are expecting a new baby you might have a long list of needs and wants, if you keep note of what you need already have will help you to ensure you don’t get duplicates. Make a little note of how much you are willing to spend on certain things, it’s only a bargain if it is something you need/want and are going to use.
  4. Take a second look – You will be amazed what you can miss on the your first circuit around the market venue, after all there will be tons of bargains for you buyers to see. So take a second or even third walk around the venue and see what pops out.
  5. Lastly be safe – if you are buying battery operated/electric items make sure you see these working before purchasing. If you would like to use a plug socket please ask the market organiser and she will be happy to help on market day. Also if you are buying a a pushchair or highchair or anything else that may have a knack to using it, make sure that you get a full demonstration from the sellers.

We hope these tips help and please share any tips or advice you could offer Little Pickles Markets newbie buyers.

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To stay or not to stay?

If you’re not going away where this summer break, or at any point this year then try and look at what you have around you and turn it into a ‘Staycation’!

Last May we took Little O on his first ever holiday and jetted off to Majorca.  We timed it so it was 1 month before his 2nd birthday meaning we didn’t have to pay for him!  We had such a great time that we said we would try out best to scrimp and save every penny so we could go again this year but it’s just too expensive!  All though there are always deals out there, a 7 night stay at the same 3* hotel, half board, during term-time for the 3 of us was working out around £1100!!! and that, sadly is just not going to happen…unless we win the lottery in the next few weeks!

So we accepted the fact that we couldn’t afford to go anywhere this year at all (it’s been a year of ouchies on the pocket so far) and spent the 10 days Daddy had off from work at home in July.

Days out in the this country can end up costing you a small fortune so we set ourselves a budget of £120 spending money and here’s a few of the things we got up too!

  • We hit Paultons Parks a few times!  We live just 10 minutes from there and have a Season Ticket so although it wasn’t a brand new day out for us as it was still something which made Little O happy – making Mummy and Daddy happy!
  • LEGOLAND was another awesome day out and we used our Tesco Clubcard Reward Vouchers meaning all we paid for was fuel for the journey, a few ice creams and we had dinner at the park meaning we could stay literally until the park shut at 7pm!
  • Swimming!  And it was great that Daddy got to come as we normally go in the week just myself and Little O when it’s quieter.
  • A FREE Toddler Sense taster session was a great morning out.
  • The beach!
  • Oh a few meals out 😉

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Pro’s and con’s to a ‘Staycation’

Pro’s first!

  • Money saver! £120 holiday at home ‘V’ a £1100 holiday aboard
  • No packing!
  • Making the most of what you have around you.  There are plenty of great days out in Britain if you just spend a little time looking and asking around.

Cons

  • Our summer weather can be a little unpredictable although we were lucky enough to have our Staycation during the heat wave!
  • Staying at home can mean you still get bogged down by the chores around the house if you’re not careful.
  • For us, there is nothing like the excitement of being at the airport, stepping off the plane in another country and totally forgetting about what you left behind for a week

If you’re having a Staycation this summer then we’d love to hear what you’re getting up to!  Or if you’ve spent too much already this year and you need to put some pennies back in your pocket then book a table at any of our Autumn/Winter markets!

Written by Selina Shrimpton, Little Pickles Market and Baby Show Organiser

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The early days

Riding on the royal wave since the birth of Baby CambridgeKatie Martin from BBC Radio Solent asked myself and a couple of other local mummy’s if we would like to come on air to chat about our experience of having a new baby in the first few weeks.  I didn’t waste any time in accepting as it’s not everyday you get to go on the radio and I’m not shy about sharing my experience.

Our little boy, Oliver is now 3 years old so to cast my mind back to the early days (which feels like much more than 3 years ago) I’ve been looking through photos, his baby cards and had a read of his birth story which I wrote for our local NCT branch, all of which helped to jog memories!

I did feel a little sad that looking back on those early days the main thing that sprung to mind was having the horrible ‘Baby Blues’.  I often received messages from friends saying ‘enjoy this special time’ and at the time I thought there was something wrong with me as I wasn’t finding it enjoyable or special at all.  I knew it was normal to have the ‘Baby Blues’, but they really did out stay their welcome and at the time I thought they would never end.  I’m pleased to report that 3 years on I’m no longer crying everyday (in fact they stopped after about 3 weeks or so) and when I get round to having ‘number 2’ I now know there is light at the end of the tunnel.

It was great to hear the experiences from the other 2 mummy’s who went on the show.  1 who was single parent and the other who had twins boys!  This was the second time I’d been on the Katie Martin Show and both times I’ve taken Oliver (who sat and played with the lovely Producer, Rose) and when leaving he said “I had a lovely time at the radio station”- so sweet!  Any downs I’ve been through since becoming a mummy have been absolutely worth it because I love him to bits and wouldn’t change a thing.

If you’re happy to share how you felt in the first few weeks after having a baby then feel free to comment below as I’m sure it will help others who are going through the same thing!

Written by Selina Shrimpton, Little Pickles Market and Baby Show Organiser

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