Naiomi’s thrifty nursery

Miss Thrifty6 August 2, 2012

Thrifty Nursery

Bloomin’ heck, the readers of this blog are a talented bunch. Check out the nursery in Naiomi’s house!

A Miss Thrifty reader, Naiomi kindly got in touch with these photos of her thrifty handiwork. Everything here has been thrifted or purchased from eBay. The result: a perfect nursery, all ready for a very lucky baby girl.

She writes:

I was a single mum at 16 for 14 years, so I am used to bargain hunting. I have worked so hard to get the nursery looking like I’ve spent lots… If new, everything I have bought would have cost a crazy £4,192. I’ve done it for under £900 – the price which some pay for a pushchair!

I’ve spent under £900 but that includes an iCandy complete travel system (carrycot, stroller 0-3 yrs , Maxi Cosi car seat, two rain covers, parasol & Cosy Toes), for which the RRP is £800, not including the parasol & Cosy Toes. I paid £300. An Advent electric breast pump, RRp £89-£99. I paid £22. An Angelcare sensor monitor, RRP £99. I paid £45.

thrifty baby bedding
I bought a Hugs & Kisses complete nursery range: bedding with two bumpers, three sheets, curtains, changing mat, changing mat liner, carpet mat, lightshade, bath, bath box, cot mobile, two fleece blankets, moses basket with stand, and bouncer. These Hugs & Kisses bits on the Babies R Us website had a whopping RRP of over £400. I paid  £110.

thrifty baby cotbed

The cotbed is from Kidsmill, RRP £700. I paid £50.

thrifty baby bedroom

As for the vintage dark oak wardrobe & chest of drawers / changing unit: I am not sure of the RRPs but when looking at new ones, they were well over £500. I paid £80 for both.

The carpet was brand new with underlay & fitting, £160. Paint cost £22 for two pots from B&Q.

Three small pictures were 50 pence at a car boot.

thrifty baby-clothes

And I have spent around £120 on clothes, which are complete from 0-3 months all the way to twelve months. And they are all Ralph Lauren, Baby Dior, Mamas & Papas, Baby K, Sarah Louise, Next and Monsoon. I have enough to dress her for a year!  These outfits range from well over £25 to over £120 each. On eBay, I’ve waited up until 2 am or 3 am and paid a few pounds only! If had to buy over 45 complete outfits new, it would have been well over £1,200. Now that is crazy! 

thrifty baby wardrobe

I did insist that my partner buy me a brand new changing bag, since I had worked my brain off for months getting everything second hand. I loved the Baby K leopard one, which looks more like a stylish bag.  The RRP was £60 but I got it in a sale weekend for £45. 

Naiomi, you are amazing! Thanks so much for sending these pictures – and I love how even your special treat ends up being a bargain.

I’ll have to post soon about Thrifty Baby’s nursery, once I’ve finished painting a couple of bits. But the bar has clearly been set high.

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6 Responses to “Naiomi’s thrifty nursery

Karla Grant says:

I love it! lol

August 3, 2012 at 8:39 am

Claire says:

How inspirational. I don’t have children so was not going to look at it until something just told me too and WOW! That effort you have put in is incredible. She is a very lucky girl to have such a caring mommy 🙂

Thanks for sharing and big thanks to Thirfty for continual amazing work xxx

August 3, 2012 at 9:32 am

Charly says:

This is amazing! I will definitely keep this in mind when I am in need of a baby room. Or even have a look and do the same with just the new upcoming flat! Amazing and inspiring.


August 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm

gemma nussey says:

being a close friend of naiomi the pictures dont show its true justice she really is a superstar and the her daughter is one extremely lucky to have such a talented mummy she makes me want to do better ,love ya ni xxxx gem

August 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

Miss Thrifty says:

I am v. impressed too. I have asked Naiomi to keep us updated with details of her future thrift hunts – she sure is a dab hand at finding a bargain! 🙂

August 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

Jane says:

Haha.. so cool! Really inspiring to see what you can do with a bit of creativity. I’ll remember this for the upcoming baby!

August 8, 2012 at 6:33 am

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