While stuffed animals are a GREAT item to include, they can be one of the more costly as you want to be sure to get one that will hold up to all that "loving". Here are some ways we've found to get good deals on stuffed animals:
- Holiday clearances are a great time to pick them up! Often you can find them 50%-90% off...this month is a good time to look for them with Easter clearance.
- Crafting your own is another option! We have a friend who crochets them for us, you can also sew them. If you're less crafty, here's a No-Sew Fleece Bunny Tutorial my mom wrote.
- While it is important to only send NEW stuffed animals in OCC shoeboxes, however, many people give stuffed animals as gifts, or use as decoration, then are ready to get rid of them, and they are still like new. So, we've lately found that a local thrift store has stuffed animals at a good price. We carefully look through them to pick out the ones that look new.
- Also, people collected Beanie Babies years ago, so we've actually gotten some donated, and I've heard others have too. We actually made this poster. Some people have had good success with online local sale groups (either donated or sold at a very good price), or putting up a poster at their work or apartment building.
Photos (exclusive of poster) Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse.