Now that the little Pumpkin is almost 2 (Gasp! It’s going too fast!) he’s really starting to get more into kid’s cartoons and TV shows. I wanted to add a little TV to the playroom and start a kid’s DVD collection, but I also really did not want to drop several hundred dollars on a new flat screen, or a few hundred more on DVD’s. So, the frugal girl inside me got creative and went to work!
First, I needed a TV and something to play movies on… In our old house, the previous owners left behind a cute little TV with a built-in VCR. I never threw it away, because I’m a pack rat…and I need to get over that, but in this case I’m glad I kept it! It works perfectly!
Next, I started hunting for kid’s movies, and my search ended at Goodwill (which happens pretty often for me!) 🙂 DID YOU KNOW that Goodwill sells VHS movies for just 38 cents each?? You could literally go out to your car right now and find enough change in the cup holder to go buy several good kids movies.
Another source for TV’s like the one I scored for free is Craigslist. Look in the “free” section. On any given day you’ll find a lot of people just giving them away for free. Everyone wants NEW TV’s these days, and anything that’s not a flat screen is seen as worthless. Not to me! 🙂 You can also find VHS tapes for FREE on Craigslist in the same section. People see VHS tapes as we would look at old 8 track tapes. No one wants them anymore. But, don’t be so quick to discount them! They make a great addition to your kid’s entertainment library for FREE! 🙂
We have an entire wall of awesome built-in bookshelves in the kid’s playroom (which is also my office…which is where I’m writing this RIGHT NOW). I love how the little TV fits perfectly into one of the bookshelf nooks, and the VCR tapes can be stacked vertically alongside. I just think it looks so cute!
So, with a little searching and creativity, you can build your child’s entertainment library for absolutely NO MONEY! Great idea, huh?!? 🙂
This would also be a great idea for daycare centers or teachers who are on a budget.