Where is the best place to sell baby items?
Selling baby clothes, toys, equipment and other items
As your little one becomes not so little, they outgrow a lot of their stuff! Buying new things for your child can be expensive so why not recoup some of the money you’ve paid out! In this post, we’ll cover each way you can sell baby items. Then you can choose the best place to sell baby items for you.
If you’re looking to buy baby clothes and baby toys or equipment, you can read our post ‘Best place to buy baby items’. (Which we’ll be posting soon!).
The buying and selling of baby and children’s items is such a big subject, over the next few weeks we’re going to be writing posts for it, to help you.
Selling baby stuff
Before we look at the best place to sell baby items lets look at the items themselves. overall, the condition of items depends on how much you’ll get for them.
Selling baby clothes
Have you ever been to a baby and children’s market before? You may have noticed hundreds if not thousands of baby and children’s clothes. They are two-a-penny, because of this they tend not to sell well unless they are cheap or sold in a bundle with other similar clothes. Branded clothes sell much faster, however, baby clothes tend to sell at about 10%-20% of their original value if they are in good condition and don’t have stains or marks on them!
On this basis, for the time it takes to organise and price up clothes you may consider giving them away. Either to a friend or family member or to a local charity.
Selling baby toys, books & DVDs
Quality second-hand baby toys and books sell really easily, as long as they are reasonably priced and in good to fair condition. The only exception to this is second-hand soft toys, which don’t tend to sell well. If you’re selling larger toys online, do take several pictures from different angles so people are more confident in buying.
As ever make sure the toys you want to sell are as clean as possible. If they have parts that are missing or damaged, it may be worth checking on ebay for replacement parts. You may even be able to get spares from the manufacturer, depending on what they are like, they may even send it for free.
Selling baby equipment
When selling baby and children’s equipment it’s important to make sure that’s it’s in a clean condition. You may want to give it a good going over with some soapy water and a cloth. The cleaner they are the easier it will sell. If you have the instructions that’s another plus or you may be able to print them off from the manufactures website.
To get the best price, it helps to have all the accessories if the equipment has them. Or if parts are damaged or worn you may be able to find them cheaply on ebay.
When deciding on how much you want to charge you need to think about the condition of the equipment. along with how quickly you want to sell it. Equipment usually gets the best return when selling second-hand baby and children’s stuff. You can expect to get around 25 to 50% of the original price you paid.
One exception to selling equipment is car seats, it’s highly recommended not to buy car seats second hand. Therefore they can take a bit more work/time to sell.
If you’re looking to buy a pushchair you may want to read our post ‘How to choose and buy the right pushchair’ first.
The best place to sell baby items online
Online selling is great, however, you have to beware that it means you’ll either have strangers turning up at your door alongside having to arrange a mutually convenient time for them to collect, either drop the item off or wrap it up and cart it down to the post office to send it off. If you have to post it, you won’t get as much as you could at say face to face offline selling as people will take postage costs into account. There are lots of places to sell online these days, you can sell on social media, online auction sites or selling apps.
Selling baby items on facebook
facebook marketplace is a great way to sell, simply because it’s free. If you find the right selling group on facebook you can sell items very quickly and to local people who will come and pick up the items. like all of the ways to sell in this post, selling on facebook has its pros and cons.
As we’re talking about facebook you may want to visit and join our group chat for parents.
Selling baby items on ebay
Selling through eBay can be one of the most costly ways to sell. You have several listing fees and final value fees. However, you have more people able to see your items and if you’re lucky you can get more for your item than you expected! Likewise, though, you could get less than you wanted and unless you put a reserve price on it, you’re obliged to sell it at that price.
There is a skill to an extent to listing on eBay, you need to make sure you have the right category and the right description otherwise it may not get found by many people and only one that bids then you sell it for the starting price you added!
Selling baby items through apps
Selling using apps is a sort of a crossover of facebook and ebay! They are easy to use and can be free. You can list your items for free but where they can be similar to ebay is that you can upgrade your listing, add more pictures for a fee. You’ll usually find that the people buying your items are local and they’ll probably pick up the item. A bonus is that you can also normally pay people or accept money through the app too which makes it safer.
The best place to sell baby items offline
Face to face selling is a great way to sell baby and children’s items. You can usually sell them in one hit meaning you can make a lot of space in your house and within the space of an hour or two, put some money back in your pocket.
Selling items at baby and toddler markets
Selling at markets can be a great way to sell your items, you have a lot of parents in the same place all at once. If you have a lot of high-quality items specifically toys, books and other equipment you can make quite a lot of money in a short space of time. Markets tend to only last for a couple of hours as most people come in the first half an hour to try to snap up the bargains. Be prepared to haggle if you decide to sell at markets, as it’s face to face it’s easy to do.
If you decide to sell at a market, it may be a good idea to visit that market as a buyer first. this way you can get an impression of what it’s like, Is it well run and is it well attended. You could even speak to some of the sellers to see what they think. While your there try and have a chat with the organiser too and find out more information.
Having a stall at a Market can cost anything between £10-£20 or a percentage of what you sell.
Depending on how much you sell on the day, markets can be very profitable and probably one of the best ways to sell your baby items.
Selling baby items at car boot sales
Some people opt to sell their baby stuff at car boot sales. This can be a good way to sell them if you have other, unrelated stuff to sell at
the same time. Again though you need to be prepared for hagglers, possibly even more so at car boot sales. Also, most car boot sales are outside so you may get bad weather!
Car boot sales may not be the best place to sell baby items, simply because the majority of the people there are not looking for those type of items and they can be real bargain hunters. Therefore you may not sell everything or sell for the price you want.
So where is the best place to sell baby items? It really is down to personal preference, ours though is selling at baby and children’s markets. What about you? share your experience with us in the comments below.