Now that you feel as though you made a major investment in baby gear: swings, pack and plays, boppies, bouncers, toys, bumbo seats and enough clothes for a small country, you suddenly no longer need it anymore! And the thing about baby gear - it's really BIG and takes up a lot of room. So now what?
After our boys started to grow out of all the baby gear, we chose to store it in our basement - just in case we had twins again! So we had a large number of totes in storage for a few years before I considered getting rid of everything. Once we found out we were having one baby, and that she was a girl, I decided it was time for some of the baby stuff to go. I'm a bit of a keeper and it's really hard for me to get rid of things that I have special memories with, like the outfits they came home from the hospital wearing and their first shoes - so I keep a tote for all the kids with an outfit or two from each age, along with a few other odds and ends that I'm not ready to part with. As for a few of the big items that took up much space in the basement - I couldn't wait to have those out of the house.
There are several ways to unload - depending on the time you have to commit and what you want in return:
- The easiest would be to give to any expecting friends/family.
- Donate to goodwill - another easy option, be sure to get a donation form so you can apply it towards your taxes at the end of the year.
- Garage Sale - My sister had collected clothes over a few years as well, so we did a large sale together and had great results! However, I spent countless hours prepping for the sale and pricing clothes. Since had so many things, it was nice to be able to just put them in the garage opposed to hauling them to other places, which would have taken multiple trips
- Craig's List - For clothes, try putting several items in a tote and selling the entire tote as a lot sale instead of item-by-item. This is a good source for your bigger items like pack and plays, swings, bumbo chairs, etc. (take caution with all Craig's List transactions!)
- Community Swap pages on Facebook - again great for your bigger items.
- Consignment Stores, like Me & Mommy To Be. There are a variety of stores like this in the Des Moines Metro. I've only worked with Me & Mommy To Be, but most operate about the same. Overall, it is easy. You pay a membership fee and can bring one tote in at a time. So little work with pricing and tagging. They will take 60 percent of your profit. However, they do price it in the store higher than you would be able to sell at a typical garage sale. I have had a lot of success with selling maternity clothes here. The downside is they are VERY picky, if there are any stains or damage to the clothes, they will not take them.
- Non-profit Organization Sales- An example of this would be Rhea Lana's. They generally have a couple events a year. These sales generate traffic, but take a bit of planning on your part as you will need to price your clothes through their system and they will be particular about the condition of the clothes.
- Check out your community! I donate most of our old toys, blankets, books - you name it to our daycare. This is one of my favorite places to donate because I know lots of kids will get to use the items!
Pricing the items is one of the hardest parts. If you are unsure of what to sell for, search your item on Craig's List and you can get an idea of what others are selling theirs for.
Please share any great tips or good places to donate baby gear!