Fabulous Frugal Find — Darling Girl/Darling Bed

by Katy on October 6, 2011 · 7 comments

It’s time again for another Fabulous Frugal Find, this time from Cate Linden, who blogs over at Liberal Simplicity.

My husband and I are expecting our second child sometime in February or March, so we wanted to get our 2-year-old transitioned to a bigger bed. We thought about buying a twin, but ultimately decided on a toddler bed for space reasons. Oddly, it didn’t occur to us initially that might find anything good used, so we were planning to spend $150-180 on a brand new toddler bed and mattress. But my mother-in-law suggested that we check Craigslist, and we were pleasantly surprised.

After scrolling through a few listings I found a solid wood Sleigh-style toddler bed, PLUS a mattress (from a nonsmoking home) for $50 total. We had cash on hand and picked them up the very next night. I am so impressed with how sturdy and pretty the bed is. My husband and I both lay in it (not at the same time!) when reading to our daughter, and it’s more than capable of holding our weight. We’re very happy to have it in our home, and best of all? I’m sure we can recoup our initial investment when the time comes to pass it on.

You can see more photos and read more about our daughter’s room here.

Thank you very much to Cate for sharing her F.F.F! If you want to submit your stuff, please e-mail the story including a good quality photo of yourself posing with your find to nonconsumer@comcast.net.

And please enjoy these previous Fabulous Frugal Find posts:

Frugal Garden Bench

Vintage Hostess Cart

High End Designer Furniture

Hand Knotted Oriental Rug

Fancy Velvet Dresses

Pot Belly Stove

Free Girl’s Sleeping Bag

Patio Set

Priceless $1 Painting

Rejuvenation Light Shade

Glamour Edition

Roseville Vase

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

amber October 6, 2011 at 9:36 am

What a pretty bed! Last year I sold my little girl’s toddler bed on craigslist.


rachael October 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

The bed is great. I’d be leery about taking a mattress due to the risk of bed bugs and other icky germs, but I think we all have different limits when it comes to second hand items.


Cate October 7, 2011 at 3:24 am

The mattress has an intact vinyl cover and can be wiped down, so I wasn’t worried about bedbugs. Otherwise, I would have been leery too!


Adventures in Thrift Land October 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Good job! Solid wood is always a bonus, and for less than the price of particle board!


Cate October 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Thanks so much for featuring my daughter’s bed, Katy! We are so thrilled by it.


Katy October 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm

It’s darling, and thanks for sharing!



Sunny October 8, 2011 at 11:30 am

I did the same thing a few years ago. We purchased a nice, wood toddler bed with vinyl mattress (and a bunch of fancy sheets) for $50. Sold it 3 years later without the sheets for… $50! We buy used for a lot of things and are able to get our money back or more (depending on the deal) when we sell.


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