Mint.com posted a very informative article on outfitting a baby nursery for less than $260.
One of my earliest scores was a free crib. I was shopping at the local consignment store when the owner mentioned that she had a free crib. Free? The catch was that it was a drop-side model that had been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a government entity. Was the trade-off worth it? My husband and I researched the cribs, watched news reports and realized we could eliminate the crib’s failure mode by bolting down the drop side. Now the crib is a regular, non drop-side model.
We can find almost anything that you need or want for way cheaper than conventionally buying it brand new. Sites like Craigslist, Ebay, Freecycle, and even Etsy can find you some vintage goods that you can put to good use. Also checking out local consignment or Goodwill shops are an extra bonus to finding things you need on the cheap.