After your little one is finished with their stuff, you have to get rid of it somehow. Most of it has only been used a few times since babies grow so quickly. So why not resell it to make some extra money to then spend on new stuff for your toddler?
There are a few different ways you can sell your baby stuff. They each have their pros and cons so figure out what works best for you and even for each type of item.
Facebook Sale Groups
Join a couple of your local sale groups. First, check to see if there are any specific to baby items. Just search terms like “for sale” or “baby sale” in the Facebook search bar.
- You can request the items be picked up from your house.
- Great visibility to local people
- Easy to post
- You may have to travel to meet someone.
- Sometimes people are jerks and don’t show up or don’t respond.
- Facebook drama
Search for the same or similar items within the group to see what it has previously sold or went unsold. If you can’t find anything similar, check eBay or Amazon under the “new and used” buying options.
Follow the group rules. There’s a reason they have a billion rules. You’ll save yourself from being kicked out and a lot of hassle if you follow the rules.
If you want to avoid haggling (because it’s the WORST) make sure you include “firm” after your price. I avoid the “OBO” (or best offer) at all costs. If you’re okay with haggling, then go for it.
DO NOT give out your phone number or address in the group. Only give out your phone number or address in a private message to someone who as agreed to buy your item. If you don’t feel safe having them come to your home to pick up the item, ask them to meet you in a store parking lot. I’ve seen people post their phone number to a group with 20,000 members because they “didn’t trust the Facebook Messenger app.”
Always specify where the buyer can pick up the item without being too specific. “Pick up on West side of town” or “Meet at Walmart on 6th Street.” If you get someone that agrees to buy your item but then finds out they have to drive to the other side of town, they might back out. It’s best to be upfront on where you’re willing to deliver the item.
If the group allows, bump your post. Some groups will allow you to bump your post every 24 hours. When there’s no activity on your post it can get buried under all the new posts. Bring it back to the top by commenting “bump” or just “.” on it. You can also add extra information about the product or extra photos in the comments.
You may have consignment stores in your area. Baby consignment stores are a big thing now. I have two within walking distance of my house!
- You don’t have to worry about finding a buyer
- The store hopefully already gets a lot of customers already looking for what you have to sell
- The store owner may haggle with your cut of the money.
- You have to take your items to the store which isn’t fun if you have a lot of big items.
- You may not get as much money as you would if you sold it yourself.
Compare with Facebook sale groups or eBay. Expect to have about 30-50% taken as a commission by the store.
Call the store or check their website/Facebook page for information before you agree to consign your stuff. Every store is different because they’re usually locally owned and operated.
I love consignment sales as a buyer. We have three big events every year in our town and I buy so much stuff.
They’re usually 3-5 day events where sellers pay an entry fee of $5 or $10. Sometimes you have to be a member of a club to sell. You can price your own items and volunteers will organize and sell the items for you. Some sales will lower their commission percentage if you volunteer.
As a seller, I didn’t like the consignment event. They had an inventory system online that was great but there were so many requirements on how to tag and prepare the items that I just gave up. I had half of my stuff tagged and ready before I realized that the paper I printed my tags on was copy paper and not card stock.
- Your items are on display to potentially hundreds if not thousands of eager shoppers
- You usually get paid at the end of the sale
- They usually accept credit/debit cards too
- So much prep work. SO MUCH.
- You make less than if you would have sold everything yourself
- You have to take your stuff to the sale location.
- Some require you to buy or use your own hangers, safety pins, packing tape, zip ties, and other ways to secure items.
Try to keep everything at a reasonable price so it will sell but also a little higher than what you want to compensate for the consignment fee. Check out the event’s website or Facebook page to see if they have pricing guides.
Follow all of the rules. Read all of the rules before you begin pricing and packing up items. If they have a Spring sale and a Fall sale, they may only want certain types of clothes. Or they may have a dumb rule about card stock paper that you accidentally skipped right over.
Attend the event as a buyer first to find out what to expect. You can evaluate the turnout, prices, and determine if it will work for you.
Schedule a drop off time if you can.
No matter what you call it (I call it a garage sale), it’s probably going to be your first thought when you think about selling your baby stuff.
You’ve probably done garage sales before and sworn to never do them again because you made $12 for 12 hours worth of work. But it’s different when you’re selling baby stuff because there’s always someone looking for what you have.
- You don’t have to move your stuff too far. Just outside.
- Payment happens immediately
- No commission fees
- Everything is entirely up to you
- Not as much traffic as you would get from selling online or at an event.
- Haggling (You can tell how much I hate this)
- Can only accept cash (unless you have the Square or PayPal)
Your pricing for garage sales is going to need to be lower than all the other options because people expect amazing deals when they buy from a garage sale. Even if they saw the same item at a consignment event, they are expecting to pay a lower price at a garage sale. I think the perception of quality is lower because they’re buying it at a garage sale rather than a store or an event which may seem more like a store.
For baby clothes, have them separated by size for easier shopping. You can price individual clothes or have a table marked $2.00 each. To quickly get rid of your items hand out bags and charge shoppers $5 or $10 for whatever they can fit into a bag.
Check to see if your neighborhood or area is planning a specific weekend for garage sales. That will increase your foot traffic.
Make signs with easy to read from a distance lettering that says “BABY SALE” or “BABY ITEMS” so people will know what the majority of your stuff is. You don’t need people stopping and blocking your driveway if they’re not interested in what you have.
Post to local Facebook groups that you’ll be having a garage sale to get more interested buyers. You don’t have to leave your specific address but you can leave your street name or a nearby landmark. Another idea is to post “message for address if interested.” Include a few photos of some of your items. Make sure you write “No holds” somewhere in your post so people won’t ask you to hold something for them and then not show up.
Anything that may be of substantial value would probably be best for eBay.
I would not suggest putting huge items on eBay such as the Mamaroo because shipping would be a nightmare. But if you have brand new clothes that your little one never wore, sell them on eBay for a better price than you’d get from selling second hand.
- More money for high-quality items.
- People are searching for exactly what you have.
- You may end up getting more than what you expected if there’s a bidding war.
- Shipping can be a hassle, especially for large items.
- You have to pay a small fee to eBay to list and a small percentage of the final price.
- Setting up the item’s sale page may be difficult for people who aren’t computer savvy.
There’s a very easy way to figure out what your item has sold for previously on eBay. Search for your item in advanced search and check the sold box. It will show you everything that matches your item and how much it sold for.
I try to do free shipping on everything and build the shipping cost into my starting price. I think it attracts more buyers.
You have the option to do Auction Style or Buy It Now. Ideally, you should set auctions for 5-7 days. Most of your bids are going to be on the last day.
I prefer to do Buy It Now because you can set it for 30 days so it reaches more people.
The Buy It Now option also takes the guess work out of the buyer’s mind. They don’t have to worry about remembering when the auction ends to make sure they get it. They know that if they click Buy It Now, that they’ve definitely got the item.
Always match up the price to what has sold previously on eBay as close as you can. Make sure you take condition into account when you’re matching up items.
Check out how much it would be to ship before you list. If the shipping is outrageous, consider selling locally via another method. Also, make sure you have a box big enough to ship your items. You can take all of the guesswork out of it by getting flat rate shipping boxes, but they are usually not worth it if you don’t have heavy items.
What’s your favorite way to sell your used stuff?
Let me know in the comments below!
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