K.T. asks from Beverly, MA on March 28, 2008
What to Do with Toys, Clothing and Baby Gear?
For those that are done having children, I was wondering what do you do with all the baby gear you no longer use, pack n plays, saucers, and the baby clothes, and toys your children outgrow that are in good condition? Do most of you have a yard sale? Sell them to second hand stores? I have heard you dont get that much from them though, or do you just give them away or sell them privately? Using the online sites to sell seems like such a hassle to me. How do you get rid of everything, yet make a few dollars?
J.P. answers from Boston on April 01, 2008
I have a multi-prong approach when it comes to baby/tot clothes:
-twice a year: take the nicer stuff to a local re-sale shop (I bring in two large bags, they may take one bag;s worth and I get ~$40.
- I post the 're-sale rejects' on craigslist; good photos help a lot!! Last time I did this, I sold most of my stuff and got about $30. It does take a lot of work - writing description, taking photos, etc. I only have time in the spring and summer to post stuff. Ebay is not worth pursuing, what with selling fees and all. I did my first-ever multi-family yard sale last fall, but didn't sell that many clothes.
-The rest: I donate or hold on to for A's cousin-to-be.
Unfortunately, the Goodwills won't take toy donations anymore b/c of all the recalls.
M.C. answers from Boston on March 29, 2008
Take them to a consignment shop like Children's Orchard or Just Kidding in Beverly. They resell them and you get a portion of the resale profits.
S.Z. answers from Boston on March 29, 2008
You might want to think about donating all of your gently used items to one of the many homeless or domestic violence shelters in the area. One that comes to mind immediately is Inn Transition in Peabody. You can look their number up in the phone book. You could also contact any of the local social service agencies like DSS, Catholic Charities, SPIN, just look in the social services section of the yellow pages for ideas. You might not make cash, but you could probably write some of it off in next years taxes. Good luck.~S.
T.H. answers from Boston on March 31, 2008