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Apr 05 2011

Jennifer

Getting Rid of the Baby Stuff: Yard Sale, Consign, Craigs List, or Give Away?

I’m thinking about having a yard sale this summer. Lucas is already in 6-9 mth clothes, so I imagine he’ll be in 12 mth clothes by summer. So, between the two boys, I have quite a few baby clothes. A few were never worn (wrong size/season for both of them), some were worn only a couple times, several are only worth about 25-50 cents, and some are ready for the rag drawer. So, thinking through my de-cluttering options, it looks like they are:

  • Yard Sale
  • Consignment
  • Craigs List
  • Give Away

Yard Sale
The thought of organizing and cleaning out actually gives me an emotional high. I love it! But, there’s the time factor–not just for pricing, but sitting outside for an entire day with two young boys and figuring out how to organize it. I went to a yard sale a couple years ago where they put most of the baby clothes out on a sheet and charged $5 for a filled grocery bag. That sounds like a good idea, and I could price the new things separately.  I could take anything that didn’t sell to the crisis pregnancy center or local thrift store.

Consignment
I went to a local consignment store last week, and the prices for baby clothes were comparable to outfits I could buy new at Children’s Place when they have a good sale. So, I doubt I’ll go back to buy anything, and I doubt I would get much by trying to sell the new clothes through them.

Craigs List
I’ve never actually sold anything on Craigs List, but I might look into it for the new items. Don’t know. Maybe I’ll wait and see if they sell in a yard sale. It doesn’t cost anything to post items.

Give Away
My sister-in-law is having a baby in July, so if it’s a boy, I’ll give a lot of things to her. Several people have told me it’s easier to just give things away than mess with a yard sale. By the time summer rolls around, I might have decided to do that as well.

How do you get rid of your kids’ clothes?

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  1. Melissa

    I normally give their clothes away, but sometimes sell the nicer ones to Once Upon A Child. We've never made enough at a yard sale to be worth the time and effort. :)

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  4. Suzanne Wesley

    I only have luck with Once Upon a Child if they have advertised for a specific thing. Pre-Christmas they were wanting toys and Christmas themed clothing. I sold maybe $20 worth? Previously I had taken 2 totes of infant clothing and they bought maybe $6 worth? Didn't matter that many were brand name. If they already have a lot of something they just don't buy. I live in a subdivision and

  5. Jenny

    Thanks, Suzanne. Melissa, we always lived in the country, and nobody came to our yard sales growing up. But, we live in a subdivision now, with a lot of young families, so I thought it might be more successful. Whether my sister-in-law has a boy or girl in July will determine how much I have left over to get rid of, so I guess I'll wait until then.

  6. Jenny

    Yes, I signed up for freecycle about a year ago, but I was getting tons of emails every day. Someone suggested I set up a separate email account just for freecyle, but I thought all the emails were overwhelming, so I unsubscribed. It's a great concept, though. Between family and my moms group, I imagine I'll be able to get rid of them.

  7. Kat Gott

    I just signed up for Freecycle, and I know what you mean. I think I'm going to end unsubscribing, too.

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