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FFTF: What To Do With The Baby Stuff?

Yesterday, over at Keeping Her Cool, Colleen talked about making the decision to unload the baby toys, supplies, and clothes (Click HERE to read). What do you do when there are no younger siblings or relatives to catch the hand-me-downs? When you’ve come to the end of your baby line, you have a few options for passing on your gear:

  • Garage Sale. Colleen chose to sell many of her baby items with a good old-fashioned garage sale. There’s a lot of set-up and organization that goes into this, but if you also have other various household items, you can probably swing a bit of cash. Many families will also collect their items together to host a multi-family sale.
  • Consignment Stores. You have a couple of options here: stores that pay you when you bring it in and stores that pay you when it sells. If you aren’t in a hurry to get the cash, then leave it with a store that pays you when the item has sold. You make more money this way. Once Upon A Child is an example of a consignment shop, but there are several others worth looking into—check in your area.
  • Give It Away. Organizations like the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and other local charitable thrift stores can be a great place to unload the things you don’t need for a good cause. The one drawback is that these organizations are typically prohibited from taking items such as strollers and car seats. Check with the organization to see which of your items they can welcome.
  • Craigslist. Put up an ad and watch the people flock to your door to pay money for your old stuff.
  • Freecycle. If you aren’t concerned to get any money for your goods, put them up on Freecycle. This is a non-profit organization designed to help keep stuff out of landfills. If you can’t sell it, first try to “freecycle” it before tossing it in the dumpster.

What creative ways have you found for unloading the baby goods you no longer need?

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