In our preparation for the impending arrival, I’ve been doing some second-hand shopping, mostly because baby gear in Singers is so stinking expensive. I’ve been here for a year now so you’d think I’d be over the “it’s so much cheaper in Houston” rant. But I’m not.
I’m of the opinion that getting pregnant is an unofficial hobby-with the locals and the expats. Everybody is pregnant! I was in the grocery the other day (paying twice as much for cheese as I would in Houston) and I had pregnant women shopping on either side of me. I finally counted 7 pregnant women, 8 including myself, shopping in this tiny little grocery store (the grocery stores are much larger in Houston too). We’re everywhere. And obviously the folks that sell maternity and baby stuff know they have a captive audience and price their goods accordingly.
But I digress…back to second-hand shopping. When did it become de rigueur to call your used junk “pre-loved”? I’m guessing somebody, somewhere along the road to resale decided that to indicate an item was “pre-loved” conveyed to potential buyers that the first owners didn’t just use and abuse said item, but loved and cared for it. Fine. It’s still your used junk. And while I’m sure we all want gear that has been loved, not just used and cast aside, I’m to the point that I will most likely ignore your second-hand ad should you indicate any level of former “love” for the item. I don’t want your toy/stroller/carseat to be loved, I just want all the parts functional and free of crusty Cheerio residue.