The other day, I opened the double-door closet in my sons’ room and saw a zillion kid-related items I had forgotten about. From clothes to mobiles to pack and plays, the closet was brimming with overlooked children’s items more useful in another home. I realized I could use this clutter to sell for cash rather than continue storing it.
One of the easiest ways to get rid of them is to donate them to Goodwill or pass them off to your friends. And pass on I did—whatever my friends could use, I packed up, shipped or handed to them.
The rest I realized I might as well try my hand at selling first before dropping them off at the donation center. The few bucks certainly won’t pay for college, but it’s nice pocket money (and a little bit of a “Okay, at least I got some of the money back from all those baby purchases” feeling of triumph).
And so below is a checklist infographic to jog your memory, help you sort through your home, and dust off those items to sell for cash.
Things your kids have outgrown you can sell for cash:
Tips to sell used children’s items:
- Sell it in its original packaging. Consignment stores are more likely to pay for something in its original packaging than without it (it makes it easier for them to resell).
- Use eBay for easy-to-mail items. eBay introduces you to a wider audience, but be mindful of postage costs. Bulky items are best suited for consignment stores, Craigslist, or garage sales.
- Leave the batteries in battery-operated toys. Buyers and especially stores want to know the item still works.
- Iron clothes. Freshly-pressed clothes look newer and more appealing.
- Don’t hide flaws from buyers. If your item doesn’t work or has a stain, don’t sell it. Think karma: Would you want to buy your item? Or at least mention the flaw in your listing.
The complete list:
(Starred items are those I have sold)
- Accessories (sunglasses, hats, scarves, outerwear)*
- Seasonal (costumes, swim wear, floaters, bath robes)*
- Baby carriers
- Slings and wraps*
- Car seats*
- Maternity clothes*
- Nursing tops and bras*
- Food storage*
- High chair
- Rocking chair or glider
- Changing table
- Toddler bed
- Little table and chairs
- Pack and play*
- Baby gate*
- Activity table or mat
- Infant seats*
- Baby monitor*
- Bath tub*
- Wooden toys*
- Legos and blocks*
Get more tips on money and family finances:
- The Beginner’s Guide to Budgeting
- Raising Children on a Tight Budget
- 10 Frugal Tips for Moms that Actually Save You Money
- How to Slash Your Grocery Bill by 37% (While Still Eating Good Food)
- How to Raise a Non Materialistic Child
Your turn: Have you tried to turn your children’s clothes and gear to sell for cash? Do you sell, give away or donate? Have you bought or sold kids’ items? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments!
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