The age old question – do I buy a cheap highchair and hope it lasts or spend the money on quality (but also hope it lasts)?
We have it on good authority that in some cases a Hokus Pokus highchair can last for over 35 years! Yes, you heard that right.
And this is not just a highchair that has been put in a cupboard and forgotten.
Used almost daily by dozens of children in a family day care environment the two chairs pictured below have certainly been around the block a few times.
I grew up with a 3 in 1 Hokus Pokus and my parents still have it today – they bought it for my older brother. It has been passed around through friends and family and has now made its way back home for the grandkids.
This has been re-upholstered once in its life because we couldn’t get new seats at the time. Everything else on the chair is original.
Now, i don’t know about you, but I haven’t heard of any other high chairs that deliver this sort of performance. And given the price of some chairs and the functionality they don’t provide……… it’s not really value for money.
But the Hokus Pokus Highchair IS!
Since we started selling the Hókus Pókus Stóll (highchair) in Australia we have heard from plenty of people that grew up with these as children and now want them for their kids. We also know of people that have an old one in storage and want to bring it back to its former glory.
We had a friend in Melbourne find this gem out for hard rubbish last year and thought we might like to see it. It sure was a doozy! BUT, it only needed a few parts and it was back to like NEW again. Sure the frame had signs of wear and tear on it, but with new seats, handlebar and strap it was good to go. And we loved it with the new lime seats! Great for any little Mr or Miss to get plenty of years more use out of.
In-fact our friend that found it has recently had another baby – a boy – to go with their 3 girls. They were in need of something that fit in with their home and style.
This Hokus Pokus was just what they were looking for.
The Hokus Pokus was originally a wooden high chair but changed to plastic in the ’70s. It is a great 3 in 1 highchair for your baby, toddler or even 5 year old….. Strong, lightweight, versatile, high, low, rocker, steering wheel, combination, Swedish. So many things going for it.
So how long will you get out of that $50 highchair?
Will it last an actual lifetime? Maybe it’s worthwhile saving up for one that will.
You hear a lot of people say, “They don’t make them like that any more” about so many things – but not this one! It’s still made in Sweden today.
*DISCLAIMER – we do not suggest that all Hokus Pokus highchairs will last this long. We offer a 3 year warranty and life expectancy CAN vary with use and environment.