I thought I'd share this just in case other mamas are having similar issues buying for baby. I think I'm pretty minimalist when it comes to baby gear, but I do have a few items on my list. I've been watching my local thrift stores like a hawk, but not having much luck -- most of the good deals were on "mainstream" parenting items like diaper genies and things I simply don't have the desire or room for.
However, I scored big at a consignment sale this weekend: $250 worth of cloth diapers for $50; an Arm's Reach co-sleeper, $160 for $60; a sling for $5; cute clothes from Carter's, etc., for $1 each. The sale is called "Kid's Closet Connection" and is franchised. It looks like KCC isn't completely nation-wide yet, but they do have upcoming sales in 12 states. There's a list of sale dates and locations at http://www.kidscloset.biz.
I'm not really expecting friends/family to do much gifting for this baby, so these finds felt like a windfall.
Are there any other places I should be looking for secondhand baby goodies? As I mentioned, I haven't been having much luck at local thrift and consignment stores. I stumbled across that website 5 pages deep into a Google search for children's resale stuff.