Four Ways to Save (and Make) Money with your Kids’ Stuff – Part One

Ah, fall.  It doesn’t get much better than the feeling of the crisp air, the smell of cinnamon filling the house, the taste of pumpkin in your latte, the sound of leaves rustling in the breeze, or the sight of those RESALE signs popping up all over your neighborhood! 

Although my boys are only 20 months old, my resale addiction is pretty well established. I quickly learned that little kids use a lot of “stuff” and for a short period of time. And, with twins, we’ve had to get twice the “stuff”…two cribs, two high chairs, two bouncers, two swings, two well, you get the idea. While they do share clothes, we’ve still needed nearly twice as much to have enough clean items to get through the week. Ugh. So, I have quickly learned the value of saving (and sometimes making) an extra buck though resale. In this four part series, we’ll look at ways in which to stretch that dollar and keep your kids looking great.

Part One:  Garage Sales 

We’re starting with garage sales as we are nearing the end of the “season.” While I have not yet had our own garage sale, I have used them to help turn a small profit on some of the larger items. Let me tell you a quick story about high chairs. High chairs are great, but they are big, and having two of them in the house was just not something I wanted to do for more than a couple months. However, when the twins were first learning to sit and eat from a spoon, they needed the support of a huge clunker high chair. So, I spent $10 on one and $15 on the other. (It is hard to find a garage sale without a high chair out front.) I could have probably spent less because most people just want them OUT of their houses, but I am an awful negotiator, so I usually don’t even try. Four months later, I sold them for $15 each at my twins’ club resale. 
Net profit: $5. I’ll take it. 
High Chairs:  Definitely a necessity…at least for a little while.
We now use these chairs which we registered for and received as shower gifts. I love them because they strap right onto our dining room chairs, and can be used with or without a tray. So, now that the boys are older, we just pull them right up to the table for meals. And, no one is tripping over two huge high chairs! 
Love these space savers!
Looking to make a little money with all that stuff in your house? Hosting a garage sale is definitely a great way to do that. However, it can be a lot of work. Here are a few quick tips for maximizing your profit:
1.  Combine your sale with another sale. Look into whether your community or subdivision has a neighborhood sale, or ask a friend or neighbor with kids if they’d like to have a shared sale. 
2.  Try to offer a wide variety of items.  It can help to have clothing items for both boys and girls as well as a few “big ticket” items, such as pack-n-plays, cribs, high chairs, and outdoor play toys.  Again, try going in with a friend to help with the variety offered.  It can help attract more shoppers, especially when you advertise this variety.
3.  Advertise!   List those “big ticket” items when you advertise (online with craigslist and in your local newspaper), and you will be more likely to attract the serious “garage salers” scanning the papers for a deal. 
4.  Donate.  Have items you don’t sell at the garage sale? What a great time to clear it out with a donation to goodwill…or you can look into consignment!
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Comments

  1. I’ve had a lot of luck selling our twin stuff on kijiji (which is like Craig’s list in Canada). It becomes addictive!

    • Love that! One of my favorite “big items” – our kitchen “toddler helper” stool – we bought for about 1/2 price on craigslist. It was in great shape, too.

  2. I am proud that a lot of what I bought for my b/g twins (age 21 months) I bought at my club’s consignment sale, kept it in good condition, then resold it the next sale for the same price. It’s like renting high chairs and bouncy seats! :)

    It does get addicting getting things sold, looking at what you might make, scoring great deals on “new” stuff for your kids. Even if it is a lot of work. :)

  3. Great tips! As they go through thinsg so quick savings is a big help~!

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