With the start of the new school year approaching, I now have a new child in band – yay! That means a new instrument to purchase – less than yay.
I’ve been keeping an eye out on line for a used instrument. I don’t buy new instruments for sixth graders. Just my own personal parenting standard I suppose. When my first band student had me going to the instrument rental night, I was shocked to see the dollar amount on an instrument that my child did not even know how to play. So we’ve bought used.
So far I hadn’t been successful with finding a good, used instrument. Then I was talking with my daughter and this-year’s graduates came up. She messaged one, and BAM – sale! She had a good, used instrument that she was not going to use anymore. And we had cash! It was a great trade!
Tonight I am thankful for picking up a used instrument today for a fraction of the new price! I’m working my way down the back to school checklist. Clothes, pens, backpacks, shoes, fall sports stuff, instrument . . . we are closing in!