For lots of reasons, it's important to me not to buy a lot of brand new baby items when there are perfectly good secondhand ones in thrift stores and consignment shops. However, I imagine this will present a nightmare from a registry standpoint - but let it be known that I would be incredibly grateful to family members for ANY contributions, I'm not grousing!
So... a few questions. 1) How many people bother shopping from the registry? 2) What's important to buy new (breast pumps and car seats come to mind) and what's less important, and could be bought secondhand (clothes, furniture)? 3) Do any cash registries exist for this purpose? When husband and I got married, we had a "honeymoon fund" rather than a big registry, but people were still able to contribute money towards specific items. So instead of spending $50 on a portion of airfare, someone could chip in $50 towards a glider - which we could then go purchase from a consignment shop ourselves.