Now that the little Pumpkin is almost 2 (Gasp! Itâs going too fast!) heâs really starting to get more into kidâs cartoons and TV shows. I wanted to add a little TV to the playroom and start a kidâs 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 DVDâs. So, the frugal girl inside me got creative and went to work!
First, I needed a TV and something to play movies onâ¦ In our old house, the previous owners left behind a cute little TV with a built-in VCR. I never threw it away, because Iâm a pack ratâ¦and I need to get over that, but in this case Iâm glad I kept it! It works perfectly!
Next, I started hunting for kidâs 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 TVâs like the one I scored for free is Craigslist. Look in the âfreeâ section. On any given day youâll find a lot of people just giving them away for free. Everyone wants NEW TVâs these days, and anything thatâs 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, donât be so quick to discount them! They make a great addition to your kidâs entertainment library for FREE! 🙂
We have an entire wall of awesome built-in bookshelves in the kidâs playroom (which is also my officeâ¦which is where Iâm 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 childâs 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.