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    I purchased my choo choo wagon (4 seats) for $100 about 8 years ago and I sold it for $300 4 years ago. The thing with the choo choo wagons is that they are not always available to Cananda, so we have to buy them used most of the time. I know that at some point they were going to sell them here for 1 year, but I can't remember when the year ended or ends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tot-Time View Post
    My latest family who just came into care was so upset when I had purchased kitchen toys from the dollar store because I couldn't prove whether or not they had bpa. Oiye.
    I think that's sad when the parent has to comment about that! Maybe the parents should be buying our toys for us, and then it be safe!!!! lol

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    I bought quite a few of my toys from kijiji and I have some from when my boys were younger that they would let me bring out lol (won't let their tmnt come out of basement and my boys are 21 and 26 lol ). 1 of my daycare parents donated a train set and train table , dora blocks and foam alphabet letters that she no longer had a place for so asked me if I wanted them. Heck yes lmao

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    You can buy the choo choo wagon at Play Value Toys on Carling and Sears. Just the two seats is $119.99+taxes, and then any extras are $59.99+taxes.

    Just debating on buying new or used. If I buy new, then I know nothing is wrong with it. If I buy used, then you have it on the mind - how long was it used? Especially with something that may (or does) get used well because of the wheels. That's the thing that's on my mind. I will only buy it if I have more than 3 children though...
    Last edited by Play and Learn; 03-27-2011 at 09:54 PM.

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    There are lots of other wagon options that might actually work out better for you. You can only safely manouvre the choo-choo in certain places. I don't like the idea of a long trail behind you crossing a street for example because drivers see you not the low down kids. There are sturdy wagons that will hold several children and as they grow will still fit well. If the harness is your concern then it is still easy to rig a harness for a wagon using the harness and walking rein systems. Canadian Tire, Princess Auto here in Ottawa and most farm/garden centres will carry the Yardworks wagon that is made of mess but you can get a pad for it and the mess is great for clipping harness systems too. Some also have a fold down side. Easy to pull, much larger wheels than on the choo-choo, kids are higher off the ground and a lot cheaper. Personally as cute as the choo-choo looks it doesn't appeal to me - that fifth child is too far back for my liking and up and down curbs just isn't safe.

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    Thanks for the info playfelt. I live in a subdivision with no curbs and next to no traffic during the day - so I'll never have to deal with all you have stated! One nice thing about not living in the city!!!!

    I will never have 5 children with me in my care as I don't feel safe caring for so many by myself, and I would like to keep my sanity!!!!

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    OMG

    I just CAN'T beleive someone sane would ask any daycare provider to buy bew toys. What the ... is the difference for their kids? What do they want to teach them? That new is good and used is bad?

    I better NEVER hear a parent ask me this, they will get a very straight forward NO WAY

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    Quote Originally Posted by luppernoodle View Post
    Used. Always. The kids aren't taught half the time that things break. Their parents give them everything. I've had parents ask me to purchase new and I always refuse. I ask them first, "what part of the fee I charge you do you think I deserve as a paycheque or do you expect that per diem to all go back into your child?"

    If parents want new toys in the daycare, I tell them I will gladly accept donations of new toys from them and if they're not willing because they really don't want to provide new toys for the rest of the kids, they usually stay quiet after that.
    Unbelievable.
    You should have informed them that new toys don;t stay new for very long in a daycare anyways lol !

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    I got a lot of toys for my daycare new. I did look in second hand stores but came up empty finding anything decent. I also want stuff that is in good condition and not going to be dangerous or really awful looking because it makes a certain impression with prospective parents.
    I had TONS of great stuff for my kids but donated a lot of the infant and toddler stuff during our last move. That was BEFORE I thought I was really ever going to do homedaycare. I was kicking myself as I spent hundreds of dollars on new stuff.
    I just got a new Ikea Trofast system. I wanted to find it used but people were selling used almost the same price as new.
    I did get a used Choo Choo wagon with 3 wagons used for $140 last year. At that time the wagons were discontinued and going on kijiji for $400. I thought $140 was a great deal and it had no issues other than sun fading on the orange wagon.

    I was so happy when Sears brought the wagons back. I ordered another wagon through sears. I would have loved to buy the new one but it was just released a few months ago. I like the colours of the new one better.

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    I try to buy everything used if possible. Just this weekend went to a great garage sale, and bought the following for $5 a piece! A Step 2 wagon (like new), a flintstones style car (looks rarely used - can tell by the tires) and a helmet for my little one when she's riding the trike. Also my mom was on the lookout for things, and found me a wooden Tonka car, a good sized dinosaur, 6 books and a vintage FP chatterbox phone in pristine condition, all for $4!

    I think in the past year I've spent about $400 on items for my home daycare. I know I've saved tonnes of money, and I do not get 'used' items just to get cheap. I do my homework, know how much things are brand new. Set a price out for myself on what I want to spend second hand on an online classifieds or at a garage sale.

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