If you are anything like us, your kids are constantly outgrowing their clothes, baby gear and toys. Seeing as it all cost a small fortune, it’s great to get some of that money back by selling it. We have given some items away to family and friends, but many items we have resold. If you are in the same boat, here are the best options we’ve found for selling used baby gear and baby clothes for cash.
Facebook marketplace has gained a lot of traction over the last few years. It can be used to post an item for sale in your local area (much like Craigslist, OfferUp or LetGo). You simply take a photo, describe the item, choose a price and then post. You can then message back and forth with interested parties to haggle the price and plan details of a meetup. The big advantage of this over other platforms is that Facebook already has 2.5 billion users on its platform. Many of them are using the Marketplace and Facebook will suggest items to them. Overall items seem to sell at a moderate pace on Facebook Marketplace.
Another alternative in Facebook is listing to your own feed directly or posting to a local mom group or thrift group. If you have a lot of other parent friends already or a member of these groups, this can be a bit faster than the marketplace.
Another local listing option is OfferUp. It was founded by new fathers who had extra stuff they needed to sell or get rid of. We have had varying success with selling on OfferUp. Some items I have posted and sold in the same day, while others have not sold at all. It is free to post, so if you are putting items up on other free online platforms like Facebook Marketplace, I’d also suggest creating another listing on OfferUp at the same time. They have also more recently added an option to ship nationwide, but this option does charge a fee. Local selling is 100% free. Be aware that some items tend to take longer to sell than others. So be prepared to be patient. I’ve found furniture items go faster than baby gear, but I have been able to sell baby items within a couple of months usually. The folks we have sold to have all been great, but be sure to take a look at someone’s rating and feedback before agreeing to meet up. If something feels off, trust your gut.
Another option that is very similar to OfferUp is LetGo. LetGo seems to be the more popular app in terms of downloads, but recently the two companies announced plans to combine marketplaces after LetGo was acquired by OfferUp to deliver a better buying and selling experience. Both are easy and free to use, so I suggest trying out both to see which you prefer.
If your item is smaller or a high ticket item and it is shippable without it being cost prohibitive, then eBay is a great option. I’ve had a lot of success selling old toys in good condition, some in-demand clothing items, and anything electronic on eBay. The great thing about eBay is they have been around a long time, have a large buyer base, and they provide protection for both buyers and sellers. My advice is to use the 7 day auctions, list on a Sunday evening, and to not accept lowball offers. You will almost always get more money by waiting for an auction to play out to the end.
Local Consigment Stores
You will almost always make more selling items individually by yourself, but if you are looking for a quick and easy way to get rid of the old piles of baby gear, head to your local consignment shops. They can pay you immediately and take those goods off your hands. Keep in mind, they need to make a profit as well, so their offer may be lower than what you hoped for.
ThredUp is the world’s largest online thrift shop. This is specifically an option for clearing out some old children’s clothing, and it probably has the lowest return out of all the options; however, it is also the easiest. You simply create a profile on the ThredUp website and request a clean-out kit. They will then ship you a large white and green polka dotted plastic bag that you can stuff with old children’s clothes (they also accept certain accessories and women’s clothing as well).
You will get the most for brand name, like-new, in season clothing. You can then drop off at a USPS site or simply schedule a pick-up. Once they receive your items, it can take several months for them to process and evaluate what they can pay. There are options for getting the clothing they don’t accept back with a fee or you can choose to donate the items. This can be a good option if you don’t have time for the other methods or if you had planned to donate the old clothing regardless.
How did you fare selling your old baby clothes and gear? Are there any options you love that I left out? If so, please let me know in a comment below!
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