Did you know that a lot of baby items you can buy replacement parts for damaged or missing pieces? All it takes it a little bit of research and most things you can find online to order. Here is an example for you. Remember the dumpster find that I found at my apartment complex? I found a nice little Tikes slide but the slide was missing. After pulling up the Little Tikes website I clicked on replacement parts and was able to look through the items and find our slide for under $10.00. That cost of the missing piece was a lot less than it would be to buy a new slide completely and with a little clean up it was like new!
Another item that interested me lately was my Fisher Price space saver high chair. I noticed that the straps were really dirty and I had already cleaned them up pretty good and was looking to get a tray for one for my friend who had bought one but it didn’t have the tray with it. Again after searching a little bit on the Fisher Price website you can buy replacement parts for the majority of the items. Straps, buckles, seat covers, trays all for a lot less than it would be to replace the item.
Another item that can be replaced is the sippy cup vents/inserts that go on the inside to keep them from spilling. You can order these online or find them at Babies R us or depending on what brand Target as well. I know I replaced a few of these because they got old and were breaking but the rest of the cup was fine.
So if you are missing a piece to a toy or a swing or high chair, check online before dumping it out as trash. Your trash is another persons treasure and with a few dollars becomes brand new again.