The toy train table is a pivot piece of furniture in a child’s life. This table not only provides a solid, flat surface for playing with toy trains and building blocks, but it also provides an elevated platform that keeps small toys off the floor. While toy train tables are sturdy and functional pieces of furniture, they also have a tendency to be quite expensive. If you are in the market for one of these tables then these money saving tips are for you.
Saving Money When Buying New
Most people that are in the market for a toy train table want to buy one that is new and that is pre-assembled. These tables can run anywhere from $100 to $600, depending on how the table is finished, quality of materials, brand name, and where it is sold. To save money on a new assembled table you have a couple of options. The first option is to look for a clearance sale. These sales can offer big discounts on floor models and overstock models. The second option is to buy a new assembled toy train table that has not been finished. This can save you hundreds of dollars, and all you have to do is give the table a coat of varnish or paint. But be careful with this choice. Pressed wood does not hold the screws, nails and bolts and eventually the table falls apart.
Saving Money When Buying Used
An easy way to save money on your toy train table is to buy used. Second hand stores, thrift shops and garage sales are all great sources for used toy train tables. You can find tables in good condition for pennies on the dollar compared to buying new. Church sales and daycare sales also offer great opportunities for finding these tables at good prices.
Saving Money by Making It Yourself
The best way to save money on the acquisition of a toy train table is to make one yourself. This option allows you to select the exact toy train table plans you want and it gives you control over the final look and quality of the table. You can save money on this option by using scrap wood you already have, by reclaiming wood from construction sites and by utilizing your own imagination when it comes time for decorating the table.
Whichever option you select you have several ways to save money. In the end, your choice is going to be based upon how much effort you want to invest in your toy train table. If you want to invest the least amount of effort you will purchase a preassembled, prefinished toy train table and if you want to invest the most amount of effort then you will build your own toy train table from scratch. The choice is yours.
Madeline Binder enjoys woodworking and helping parents to pass on this tradition to the next generation. A toy train table is the perfect way to either pass it on to other young engineers in your family or donate it to a day care center or library. “Our table is now being used by a nursery school and it was built 10 yrs ago!” exclaims Madeline. Look at the Toy Train Store for great wooden train sets and accessories.