A high chair for Amelia (my thrift haul)

One of my Mother’s Day treats over the weekend was time by myself at the thrift store.  Wonderful! (And, does my husband know me well, or what?)

I picked up some more frames for my growing family gallery and I also came across a treasure: a high chair!

We’ve been using a simple plastic travel booster seat since my oldest daughter Jillian was a baby, but I’ve always wanted a real wooden high chair.  It has never been in the budget, though, and I never could bring myself to borrow one of those giant plastic ones from a friend or family member.

Don’t misunderstand:  I’m all for using what you have, and for being frugal, and I’ve done that for over a decade now when it comes to children’s things.  But, I’ve always wanted for my babies to have one of those nice, sleek wooden high chairs or a charming vintage one, like the ones at my parents and grandparents’ houses.

So, I was pretty delighted on Sunday to run across this one for eight dollars! It is perhaps more of a booster seat than a highchair since it has no tray, but to be honest we’ve been pulling Amelia right up to the table for a few weeks anyway.

She still isn’t very interested in eating table food, (anyone else’s nine month old like this?) but she likes to squish things between her fingers and smash it into her plate and she loves socializing with all of us at the dinner table.

I have plans to give the chair a good sanding and a new paint job but for now Miss Amelia perches in a new, to us, high chair that is lovely to look at and functional.

A definite thrift store score!

This post will be linked up to Thrift Haul at Simple Design. Have you had any thrift store scores for your kids lately?  What do your kids sit in at the table?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. My daughter had no desire to eat any solid food until she was about 15 months. I was exclusively nursing on demand, so maybe that is why. And at 15 months, she only wanted peas and corn…But she would sit with us and throw food all over the place :-) Great find at the thrift store as well!
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    • Thanks, Heather :-)

      Most of my kiddos have eaten a little earlier (around 7 months for one) but she seems to be having such a good time. I’m not worried, but it is nice to hear from another mama whose kiddos wasn’t all that interested in table food and was content to keep on nursing exclusively.

  2. Our children have always sat at the table with us in their Stokke Tripp Trapp chairs and from about six months were offered mushy foods like (over) cooked broccoli and sweet potatoes. They fed them selves right from the start (they were nursed till they were about 12 months when they lost interest) and have been very happy, non- fussy eaters ever since. They are now two and four and other parents marvel at what they will eat. I have to say, for us the high chair with a tray was never and option.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I believe this is from IKEA?

  4. Lyndsey says:

    Lucky lady! I feel the same way about high chairs. My husbans and i sit on the floor to eat with our ten month old son, George, who sits in a Bumbo. I’ve had lots of offers to borrow or even keep hand-me-down pastic clunkers, but it isn’t a useful/helpful enough tool for me to have to look at that big piece of plastic in my house all of the time. To buy a new wooden high chair is not an option financially. I keep waiting for a nice find like yours to come my way. Until then, I’m ok being grounded.

  5. Lyndsey says:

    Oh, and he has recently been protesting “solid” foods.

  6. Looooooove the find! My 6 month old hasnt been offered food yet. We’ll see what she thinks fairly soon.

  7. Oh, that is lovely!! I totally agree with you on wooden highchairs. I have never had a ‘big plastic one’ and don’t want to. I use a simple booster chair with a tray. I would love a simple wooden one or vintage one like you described. So I keep my eye out. =)

    The best part about this post: I have a 9 month old as well and she’s not really digging the whole eating other food thing. I’m going with more of a baby-led weaning approach but she’s not that interested in food except from me. I have been feeling a little self-conscious about it when we’re out and about so it was very refreshing to know there’s others out there who are facing the same challenges. I know she’ll eat, when she’s ready. =)
    Thanks for sharing from the trenches! =)
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    • You’re welcome, Breanne :-)

      I’m glad Amelia and I could offer a little reassurance. Everything in its own time.

  8. Queen of Choas says:

    Nice find! We were given a high chair at our baby shower- a big plastic one, but we used it. Fortunately it was height adjustable, so we ditched the tray and pulled her straight up to the table with us. For her second birthday, we were given a wooden toddler chair (much like yours but without the front bars). It has been awesome. At almost four, she really prefers the adult chairs now, but the toddler chair is still a better fit.
    Sorry, no help on the eating topic. We started making foods available to our daughter at 6 months. We never forced her to eat her “solids” but she took to it very readily. She still eats like crazy! That said, she has a friend the same age who has never been much of an eater. They both are equally healthy. So, let it ride :)

  9. Tanya W says:

    Lovely find!! I love those IKEA chairs :) We’ve had both clunky plastic ( we ditched the tray for the most part), travel chairs and right up at the table. Both G and F were late to eat. G didn’t start until nearly 8 months and F not until almost 11 months. Both were offered food starting at about 7 months. Eventually, they decided that table food wasn’t all that bad! Though F is my longest nurser…still going strong at 3 1/2!

  10. What an awesome find, and such a great bargain!
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