During my pre-mom days, I never a visited a flea market, sought any super-cheap deals, or shopped at a consignment store. In fact I used to cringe at the idea of haggling over price or sifting through a heap of junk in search of a great deal.
But now that I’m a mom, the idea of consigning lured me in. Getting rid of clutter while making a few bucks on the pile of stuff my kids no longer need? Sounds good!
Take it from me, if you’re considering this, sounding good and being good are two very different things. Selling your old stuff is 100% not worth it.
The haggler/deal-seeker/consignment shopping scene is annoying as hell.
There are other, much better options for you. Here’s how to recycle your unwanted baby/kid stuff (in order of least annoyingness)…
- Have Another – (Yes, the birth experience and sleep deprivation are taken into consideration – this is still the best option.) Having another child is easily the most rewarding way to recycle old stuff. Even during moments of screaming toddler meltdowns, chances are your new child will be better behaved than the haggler/consignment sale crowd.
- Pass to a friend– If you’re all done having babies, this is the best option. Friends need it, you don’t. So simple. You may get a bonus trip down memory lane every time you spot their kiddo in your child’s pre-loved duds. Yay.
- Goodwill drop-off – I’m not really sure what happens at Goodwill. I just know that it goes to the needy and drop-off is a piece of cake. I just show up in the back of the store, give stuff to the friendly assistant, and I’m done. Never even had to get the kids out of the car. They do all the sorting, pricing, and selling. Doesn’t get any easier than that.
- Sell at a Consignment Sale – Have you ever consigned your stuff at one of those big consignment sales? It’s like two weeks of work – cleaning, sorting, listing it online, tagging it according to their rules, facing it the right direction on the hanger, all for 30% of your asking price. Unless you want to volunteer to work the sale (translation: suffer in a crowded, poorly ventilated warehouse for 5+ hours of your weekend), in which case, they give you 35%. The only benefit to these is that once you do all the prep work you’re done.
- Sell on Craigslist or Virtual Yardsale – The worst of the worst. Firstly, “Craisglist killer”…need I say more? And if you’re not murdered you’re going to wish you were after having to deal with the ill-mannered people who want to buy your stuff. Between unfriendly exchanges, no-shows, and my favorite, haggling over the price . . . Ug. OBO exists for a reason, people. No. Just no.
I made the mistake of joining my town’s virtual facebook yard sale. You’d think as amazing as my town is, this group would be equally as amazing. Au contraire. It too, consists mostly of inconsiderate, audacious a-holes. People who literally have no qualms about begging for half of your listing price, no-showing for the exchange, or chewing you out over FB messenger if you tell them you can’t hold it for 3 weeks.
Moral of the story: Give your unwanted stuff away freely to those in need. The energy of that is so much more expansive than that of penny pinching. Giving is always better than getting. And what a fantastic lesson to teach to your kids.