Easter baskets can be pretty expensive. Kids will no doubt want the really expensive baskets at places like Wal-Mart or Target.
But have you noticed that those places have the cheapest baskets and toys?
I don’t know about you, but the toys in those things barely last a day and they can cost up to $100.00!! Crazy, I know.
This year, I decided that I would find my son and grandson’s Easter baskets at flea markets and thrift shops to save money and prove to myself that I could get both baskets and the goodies for 15 bucks or less.
We started by looking through several Flea Markets to find unique baskets. I didn’t want the traditional cheap fall apart baskets that we usually get.
The baskets that we found were pretty non-traditional but I think they are perfect!
One of them is a basket but it is made from a heavy weave for my 11-year-old and was previously used to hold a plant. We found this beauty for $2.00!
The second basket that we found was perfect for my one-year-old grandson because it was light and easy to carry for his little hands. This “basket” was a watering can used mainly for decoration. The watering can only cost $4.99 which was more expensive but I wanted something sturdy for our little grandson.
So now we were on a mission to find goodies to fill the baskets. We turned a corner in the Flea Market and found a child’s dream!!!
Toys, books, dvds, and anything you can think of to fill those baskets. 😮
Books and toy cars were perfect for the baskets for 25 cents each. We were buying for boys but they also had a very good selection of dolls and girl’s toys as well.
A suggestion for buying toys at a flea market is to make sure they are like new in the wrapping or disinfect them before giving them to children.
Most of the cars and stuffed animals that I used for the baskets were new in the package and still very affordable.
We also found fake grass and plastic eggs for 25 cents each for great basket stuffers. I bought the ribbon used to decorate the baskets and Easter garland in a bag for $1.00.
The first thing that I did when we got home was to sanitize the “baskets” using Lysol bleach wipes and water.
Then I dried them off with a rag before decorating them.
I used my hot glue gun to wrap the ribbon around them to make them look more “Eastery” (Not sure if that’s a word but I’m using it!)Then I filled them with the fake grass, some eggs, a book, an Easter toy and some cars.