August 26, 2011

Mom Street Style | Bugaboo Donkey Sighting

Donkey Sighting

I am honor bound to begin this post by writing, “S. was right.”  We hotly debated the merits of the Bugaboo Donkey convertible double stroller when we heard about it last year.  I balked at the name and the $1,700 price tag.  S. pointed out that the side luggage basket would be perfect for icing beer and wine for jazz in the park.  I conceded that point and softened to the Donkey’s appeal, but it was not until I had my first Donkey sighting outside of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto a few weeks ago that I actually fell in love—serious, covetous love—with this stroller. 

Meet Elizabeth and Bruce, and their adorable little family, visiting Toronto from London, England. They are total perfection and were so sweet to stop and chat with the crazy lady stealing glances at them from 20 people ahead in the 1-1/2 hour-long entrance line to the ROM. The crazy, sweaty lady, I should add (it was roughly 98 degrees, with about a thousand percent humidity, and I had been fooled by the gray skies and intermittent drizzle, seen from our 6th floor, hermetically-sealed hotel room, that it would be somewhat cool outside and was thus wearing a pair of melting J Brand maternity skinnies and an Isabella Oliver tank with a scarf—yes, a scarf, perfect for a pregnant lady in hellishly-hot and humid weather). I should also add that it was my adorable and outgoing husband who stopped them because I was too awe-struck and dumbfounded by this rare sighting in the wild. It was like seeing a moose for the first time.

At any rate, Elizabeth, a U.S. expat (who, unlike me, was dressed impeccably for the day in a white eyelet strapless dress accessorized with a stack of neutral bangles, with pink flip flops and her hair tied in a beachy chignon), and Bruce, a Toronto native, explained the trouble they’d had with their former stroller, a Phil & Ted’s Explorer: flat tires (I can relate to that—we’ve had several flats on ours), and at 26 pounds (a normal, and very respectable weight for a double stroller by any standards), with no detachable parts, it’s very heavy to lift for the super-petite Elizabeth (tiny S. is nearly outweighed by hers, so I know she’s nodding now, too). Add to those facts that their stroller is their main mode of transportation in the city and that the current exchange rate on the British pound is $1.63 U.S, and in that context, the Donkey makes total sense. I only wish it made more sense for my every-other-day park outings and grocery runs, because it was fabulous in literally every way—the styling, the cargo space, the fabric, the size, width and handle. Truly. Perfect.

Except the $1,700 part. Well, to be fair, it’s only $1,200 for the single, and $1,500 for the duo mode. . . and if I could sell my P&T on CraigsList and deduct an estimated $400 to fix every flat over a four-year lifespan, plus chiropractor visits at $60 per visit. . . it may. . . actually. . . pay for itself?  Cost per wear, right?  No?  Think there’s any chance of Bugaboo issuing a coupon?  Yeah, I didn’t think so, either.

Drooling for Donkeys,

- M.

12 Comments
  • Daina Selvig
    August 26, 2011

    I love, love, LOVE my Bugaboo Cameleon, and if one of my kids was not almost out of a stroller, I would deeply covet a Donkey. The price tag on the Cameleon freaked me out too, but I started to hunt on Craigslist and finally found one — 5 months old, never taken outside! — for half-price. I doubt that Donkeys will be available for at least another year, but they will show up.

  • S
    August 26, 2011

    M, I am crackin’ up over here! And now trying to come up with some kind of algorithm that shows selling my old bugaboo, plus the explorer, returning the umbrella….somehow adds up to Donkey? Yes?

  • Molly
    August 26, 2011

    Yes.

  • Emily
    August 26, 2011

    That is a crazy price tag! Adorable couple, though, and I love her dress.

  • Kay
    August 26, 2011

    The named the stroller appropriately, because that price tag is reDONKulous.

  • Kay
    August 26, 2011

    *They* named it. Need to proofread better.

  • Molly
    August 26, 2011

    LOL, Kay!

  • Elise
    August 26, 2011

    I almost want to get pregnant with #2 just so I can purchase this stroller. THAT is crazy talk….but it’s a crazy cool stroller! Have you seen the Missoni package for the Bugaboo? If they put that print on this model…I die.

  • S
    August 26, 2011

    Elise, you are not helping. Why tempt me further? Why? Lol

  • Molly
    August 26, 2011

    Elise, grab it now (please send pics to ANMJ) and worry about #2 later. It’s a total shame not to get some use out of the side luggage basket before a second babe comes along, anyway.

  • Megan
    August 28, 2011

    I know it’s not the same, but I just bought this stroller: http://www.kolcraft.com/products/strollers/tandem/149-contours-options-tandem and I love the extra storage it provides. And at $170, it’s much more in my price range.

  • tandem stroller
    January 23, 2012

    This stroller looks great but coudn’t believe the price tag. Thats taking the you get what you pay for to another level.

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