It hurts deep down when a Pikler triangle price tag of $500 is staring you in the face. That’s when I started thinking about a second-hand Pikler triangle myself.
When a toy for your little one turns into a hefty investment, it’s time to start bargain hunting. Perhaps a used Pikler triangle is your best bet?
For me too, money does not grow on trees. So today, I’ll share my own experience Pikler shopping — and guide you through budget-friendly options for buying a Pikler triangle.
Used or new, I’ll help you make the most responsible decision for your family — all things considered.
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The reality of used Pikler shopping
I’ll be straight with you — finding a quality second-hand Pikler triangle isn’t the easiest thing in the world. You could literally spend hours searching online and still come up empty-handed.
In a moment, I’ll show you where to look for a used Pikler. But before I do, you might want to ask yourself — is searching for a used Pikler triangle worth your time and effort?
To make this question easier, here’s a simple mental model I like to use. First, set a cost to your time, then estimate how much time you’re willing to spend before it’s not worth your time.
Let’s say an hour of my time is worth $10 to me. If I search for a used Pikler triangle for 3 hours, that’s $30 I’ve spent already. Considering a brand new Pikler triangle can cost just $50 to $150 — for me, I’d rather just go with a low-cost new Pikler.
My best advice? Don’t let the most expensive brands give you the wrong impression. Not all new Pikler trianglers cost an arm and a leg!
- Amazon has basic non-foldable Pikler triangles at around $100 (at the time of writing) and foldable Pikler triangles for around $145 (at the time of writing).
- On Etsy, you can find an awesome assortment of brand new beautiful Pikler triangles ranging between $50 and $150.
- If you’ve got a particular Pikler brand in mind and you’re not in a hurry, you could try signing up for their email list and waiting until they offer a sale or discount.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to dissuade you from buying used — I just wanted to paint a realistic picture of the situation.
As promised, let’s take a deep breath, and look at the your options for a second-hand Pikler next!
Where to buy a second-hand Pikler triangle
To get you started on the right foot, here’s a checklist of where to buy a second-hand wooden Pikler triangle — from top to bottom starting with “your best bet” and ending with “a shot in the dark”.
Quick tip! Try varying up your search. People call Pikler triangles different things, especially when listing a classified online. If your search for “Pikler Triangle” brings back zero results, try other terms like “Pikler Ladder”, “Wooden Climbing Frame”, or “Indoor Wooden Climbing Toy”.
- Friends and friends of friends. Imagine the ideal scenario where your oldest is friends with another family’s youngest. As soon as your family friend’s youngest has outgrown their Pikler, it’s a win-win opportunity to take it off their hands.
- Work your local second-hand shop network. No friends with a Pikler to spare? Try your local second-hand shops — think family-owned shops, Goodwill, Salvation Army, and the like. There’s a very good chance the clerks at these shops keep better tabs on the second-hand Piklers than you. Let them know you’re in the market early — you never know what magical finds they might come up with.
- Facebook Marketplace. It’s like the new online garage sale that’s going on year-round. Hop on the platform and enter your search. If you’re lucky, someone will be selling a Pikler in your area.
- Local Buy & Sell Facebook Groups. Most cities and towns have a handful of Facebook groups dedicated to buying and selling second-hand items. Go ahead and post that you’re looking for a Pikler triangle in a group! Even if no one in the group has one for sale themself — they still might have people in their network who do.
- Local Montessori & Homeschool Facebook Groups. What kind of people are most likely to have a Pikler triangle they’re willing to part with? The at-home play experts themselves. If your location is fortunate enough to have a congregation of alternative childhood education advocates, that’s a great place to ask around.
- eBay. Yes, eBay is still kicking and occasionally you’ll spot a Pikler in lightly-used condition. Back in the old days, eBay was for used items only, but now the majority of Pikler triangles you’ll find are sold as new. Be sure to look for the tag “pre-owned” — that means it’s a second hand Pikler. The last time I checked Piklers in my area, there were 30 “buy new” and just 1 “pre-owned”.
- Craigslist. More for urban areas, Craigslist is a grandfathered website where you can find local listings of all sorts of stuff online — including the occasional Pikler triangle. But honestly, I wouldn’t get my hopes up.
Checklist before you buy a second-hand Pikler triangle
Congratulatulations if you’ve found a used Pikler! But there are still a few things to keep in mind before you buy — just some basic due diligence to make sure you’re getting a good deal. Take some time to inspect the quality and ask the seller questions.
- Does the seller look trustworthy?
- What about shipping? Does shipping cost extra? How long will it take? Will you need to pick your Pikler up in person?
- Check the photos. Does the Pikler look like it was well taken care of? Any broken bars? Missing screws? Wonky hinges? Teeth marks from its previous toddler?
Over to you!
Where there’s a will there’s a way! If you’re determined to buy a second-hand Pikler triangle, I hope this guide has helped set realistic expectations and prepared you for what’s next.
No matter whether you end up buying new or used, I’d love to hear how your shopping journey ends — and I sure hope it’s a happy ending. Let me know in the comments below!