Where Do YOU Sell Outgrown Baby Items – Garage Sales, Consignment Stores, Craigslist?

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Check out this email I received from Liz…

As a mom of 2 preschoolers, I know all about where to find good deals on baby/toddler/preschool items, but what about selling of all the baby goods that we’ve outgrown? I do plan on donating some items, but for other items, it would really help us out to get a little something for them.

For big ticket items (strollers, high chairs, etc), are garage sales, consignment stores like Once Upon a Child, Craigslist, or big, seasonal community consignment sales the most successful? What about for smaller items like clothing, board books, and toys?

Please share your tips in the comments below! Thanks!
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  1. Diana

    I use ThredUp to buy and sell clothes. They take all sizes, including infants. They will send you a “cleanout” bag. You fill it up and send it for free. They will then give you a credit in your account or give you cash. I you want to check it out, here is my link. You will also get a $10 credit to your account.

    • amy

      It’s not free anymore- it’s $6.99 to send in.

  2. Rachel

    Another Mercari user here. I’ve had nothing but good experiences buying and selling. Use my referral code, WPDQVV, and we’ll both get a $2 credit!

  3. ✨ Kate ✨

    How much could I expect to get for clothes and shoes if reselling on Facebook vs resale shops?

  4. mommyx4

    I really just get rid of everything thru donating it. The only thing that i have actually kept was the crib since it i kinda had my boys back to back the youger was always still in the crib

  5. Aileen

    Facebook groups for almost everything. Anything under $5 or $10 I donate or save for a yard sale.

  6. haleslll

    Honestly, the area I live in is super-saturated with kids, so resale and consignment sales have yet to work out for me. I’m happy if I get $5 from a bin full of perfectly good kid clothes. Yard sale sites are just too much of a hassle. You think you’re reaching your target demographic, you think you’ve got it priced right, and still no bites.

    Unless something is brand new, never been worn, I just donate and take the tax deduction. I’ve learned it’s much more important to get clutter out of my house then to get a few (literally, a few), bucks in my wallet.

  7. Liz

    Thank you all for taking time to reply with such great, helpful ideas! You all have give me so much to think about. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    • Summer

      I have always had great luck selling big ticket items or boutique brand clothing on FB garage sale sites, BUT I have grown to LOVE selling ALL kid things (big ticket, clothing, toys, really anything baby/kid) at our seasonal consignment sale “Rhea Lana”. Not sure if you’ve got Rhea Lana in your area but it’s great to take it all at once and have the majority sold all at once. The sale only lasts a week. You get one big check and don’t have to schedule and make multiple meet ups. In my experience, I easily sell stuff at higher prices than I would at a garage sale.

  8. Rebecca

    I have donated everything to new moms that could use a little help. I was I that boat when I started having kids (I have 6) I know that 6 months worth of clothing could relieve alot of stress and free up a little money for newbies. The smiles on their faces is more then payment.

  9. Cheryl

    Jbf sales are the best. They have sale in lots of locations and generally an event in your area in the spring and the fall. You get 60% of the sale price and can work the event for 4 hrs and earn and extra 10%. You price all items and decide whether your items go half price on the last day of the sale or not. Once the event is over I’ve always received my check within 2 weeks. At the end of the event you can choose to donate your items or pick up what doesn’t sell.

  10. Luna

    Local consignment, and garage sales has been so far so good.

  11. Karen

    Consignment sales have been a blessing to our family! You price your items, can pick up unsold items or donate them at end of the sale and get a check in the mail. I like kids exchange which is a national group so there may be one near you. Local Church consignment sales have also been great! Local resale stores around me do not offer much at all for items.

  12. Aysha

    I sell my gently used kids clothes on Kidizen. It’s super easy and the community of moms on there is amazing! It’s definitely worth checking out. Join Kidizen with my referral code (nhd9x) and we’ll both get $5! http://get.kidizen.com#nhd9x

  13. Lexie

    I sell most of our baby clothes st consignment sales. You can check out http://consignmentmommies.com for ones in your area. You price the things, you usually get about 70% off the price. They’re pop up sales, so it’s no more than a week. I make more than you can get from consignment stores or yard sales, I think. They’re a great place to buy things too.

  14. Becky

    Poshmark just expanded their business to include children’s items. This is the best consignment app I’ve found- you get to control how you price your items but they handle the shipping.
    Use my code when you download the app for a free $5 JYPKP

  15. Melinda

    I was reading thru the posts and I was super surprised that no one has listed varagesale which is my favorite app to sell anything- even better than FB groups because you can leave each other feedback and they also require you have a Facebook account so it’s more credible and more of a sense of community than some of the other buy/sell apps. I have found and also sold some awesome stuff. Here is a link- they are currently running a contest in each community and it would be awesome to get a few extra entries by clicking my link to join-highly recommend this for selling items especially kids! Here is the link- you can join the contest too- there are many groups throughout the US and I believe Canada as well! Thanks! Hope this helps!

  16. tipaye

    Consignment and OfferUp at this point. 🙂

  17. Carrie

    I like to put bigger items in a local consignment store, but a few interesting ideas. We once had a church that did “Clothes Closets” and every summer right before school they did a swap basically. You would bring the clothes your kids outgrew and others would bring clothes as well. You could trade out clothes. They had a rule for as many items as you brought you could get that many items. Kind of like some of the swap meets do.

    Another thing, a daycare facility near by did a “Clothes Closet” with the exception that it’s for Foster Families. A lot of times the kids come in with nothing. They have no clothes, and the Foster parents have to get clothes quick. This closet is free to the families to come in and shop as needed, and is supported by donations. When their foster child outgrows the items, or no longer needs their care, they are able to return the good condition things like cribs, dressers, and car seats (within three years) back to the facility. It’s a great stress relief for the parents. That’s where we donate our stuff that we don’t consign.

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