‘The #GreatBuggyHeist ‘

‘Of course I can pick the buggy up when I’m down in London with work next week’ I muttered, anything to get an extra 10 minutes in bed!


So let me share with you a funny little story.

A modern adventure if you like.

Now High Command is a bit of an ebay fiend and has this incredible ability to co-ordinate ‘Pick Up Only’ purchases with where ever I am in the country travelling with my work.

Now this normally involves me being in my car and taking a slight detour.

No great shakes and a few browny points scored.

But this time was different.

The bargain to end all bargains was an £800 Double iCandy Buggy for £150 and located in Central London, Chelsea to be exact.

Did I say I live in Notts!

And I, somewhat foolishley, thought I could pick this up after I had finished my meetings for the day in London using nothing other than public transport….

I only had two rules:

Rule No1 – No taxis!

Rule No2 – Have some fun doing it.

So with fun in mind I set about the day in question tweeting my progress using the hashtag:


And whilst I didn’t set the world on fire trending, my twitter activity was the busiest its been with lots of encouraging tweets. And a few retweets to boot.

Just the thought of navigating through London rush hour on the underground with an empty double buggy made me chuckle.

So to summarise (and you can view the complete adventure inc pictures on twitter #GreatBuggyHeist

– Home to Notts Train Station (car left 07.30)

– Notts to Kings X

– Kings X to Holborn (train – wk meetings)

– Holborn to West Brompton (tube)

– Walked a mile in the peeing rain to collect the pram

– Walked back to West Brompton

– West Brompton to Green Park (another business meeting)

– Green Park – Kings X (tube)

– Kings X – Notts (train)

– Notts – Home (Car arrived 23.51)

Your probably thinking why bother but to grab a bargain and to collect it only using public transport was great fun.

Paying for a courier or a tax would have been cheating in my book!

It was quite awkward when I was navigating the underground and people looked down to look at the pram expecting to see a couple of babies only to see my coat and laptop bag instead!

I only had one drunk teenager shout along the platform ‘Where’s the baby!’

Anyway would be great if those who tweeted me on the day could post a comment below :-)

Some photos of the #GreatBuggyHeist


















About Tom @Ideas4Dads (AndMumsToo!)

I am a 35-year old chap whose life just over four years ago changed forever – I became a Dad! I enjoy blogging about my family’s exploits with a humorous slant on things and I must admit I have a mischievous sense of humour and enjoy making my readers chuckle. Readers of my blog, which are both Dads and Mums, say they love the self deprecating humour interwoven with glimmers of useful advice and appreciate the ray of sunshine it brings to them. Although Daddy Bloggers are considered small fish in a very large Mummy Blogger pond, many Mums love reading my blog and even forward them on to their other halves :-)
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18 Responses to ‘The #GreatBuggyHeist ‘

  1. Danie Pearson - Kids Bath Creations says:

    Absolutely adored your adventure from the comfort of my office! I felt terribly bad for you a few times but you rallied & finally made it home with the bargain of a lifetime! Thanks for the entertainment! :)

  2. messed up mum says:

    It was bloody brilliant! Had me hooked!! I think ur a legend for doin it. As for ur wife, she needs to teach the rest of us how its done…

    • ideas4dads says:

      Lol anything to get in the Mrs’ good books :-) glad you found it amusing…I still chuckle to myself as I think about trying to fight my way through rush hour on the tube!

  3. WallyMummy says:

    Bloody Hell… epic! My husband would have told me where to stuff it I reckon… lol x

  4. Grace says:

    I was greatly entertained all day by #thegreatbuggyheist so funny. Highlights for me were you pushing your briefcase around in the buggy and a fellow passenger trying to keep a straight face!

  5. Oh well done you! My husband (and I kid you not) would have left it at the first hurdle (or corner)

  6. I found the #GreatBuggyHeist really funny! Just the thought of you pushing a double buggy around with your jacket and briefcase in it had me giggling. I found it amusing by the end that your were tweeting about the buggy almost like it was another child hee hee.

    But imagine not going back for the car seat attachments 😉

    • ideas4dads says:

      Lol just asked High Command about those car seat adapters and shes not even messaged the seller to ask about them. They will be going in the post btw :-)

  7. Suzanne says:

    Such a funny day reading your tweets and following your adventures! Loved the picture of the buggy on the tube just carrying your briefcase, although my favourite tweet was of the guy on the tube trying not to laugh at the empty buggy 😉 And what a buggy bargain it was! Mrs Ideas must be so chuffed!

    • @Ideas4Dads says:

      Lol – was a funny day and believe it or not I was laughing all day as I was doing – yes the guy laughing on the tube was truly awkward but the drunk teenager shouting ‘Where’s the baby’ made me laugh the most :-)

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  9. DannyUK says:

    A fun, if slightly insane idea! I liked reading it though 😉
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  10. Kevin Sheehan says:

    Looks like great fun. Recently had a tightly scheduled evening following the ebay purchases of high chair and buggy, though must confess it was with a car but did involve running up and down a number of side streets trying to work out how the house numbers ran because we were already late and lost!
    Very happy with the purchases and just wanted to check that it is ok to push an empty buggy around? As having spent the money you don’t think I was going to go without the fun bit of learning to drive (the future occupant is still 3 1/2 months away) I am pretty sure the coffee table is going to survive but my driving is definitely improving!

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