Being a parent can sometimes feel like a constant struggle to keep up with the newest and coolest toys. Mine are still a little young to be in competition with school friends, but I see it with the Chrismas toys selling out weeks before the big day only to be discarded a week or so later! Even though I am not at that stage yet we do have A LOT of toys, so many that I forget we have them and I know the girls do as well.
As much as I try not to be influenced by the newest toy on the market or the toy that is ‘the best way for a child to learn’ or ‘the toy that truly helps with sleep’ (I am a sucker for that one) there are times when I do need to hand over money for new toys, a great example recently being for our toddlers 3rd birthday. So what better way to do this than by selling the old ones?
As we have two children we have found that a lot of our eldest’s baby toys have been reused and saved us buying more, but as both are growing and have different needs there still is a requirement for age-appropriate/different toys (there are also some things that our eldest still uses that we need duplicates of)! With those new toys and all of the toys being handed down we have found that there are loads in the cupboard we need to sort. The newborn toys also really need to go to a new home…
I’ve been making a list, starting to clear out cupboards and doing my research about a few strategies for getting rid of old toys and found there are actually quite a few different ways to do it so here are the ways I am going to try and have a toy clear out!
If you’re friendly with a few other parents, why not hold a kids toy or clothes swap night (a bit like the old ‘clothes parties’ from years ago). Ideally you’ll have a mixture of parents that have children with a wide range of ages so you can come away with logical ‘step-ups’ for the next age group your kids will enter. In return this will give you more chance to pass on your old toys to parents with younger children.
Put them on eBay
This works best for items in decent condition or larger items that might be difficult to disassemble like large baby equipment. To save hassle, list the item as ‘collection only’, which will appeal to local people who may not want to pay for postage and can pick up from you directly. Anyone not local can use a courier for large items like Shiply to arrange the delivery themselves.
Check out your local toy library
There are quite a few toy libraries around which provide play sessions for children and have practitioners trained to help with selecting toys specific to a child’s age or development. Consider donating your used toys to a toy library, and you could use it to test out toys that your child has been asking for before making the investment by buying a new one!
Local online marketplaces
For items of little value, something like eBay might not be appropriate as they can end up costing more in postage and eBay fees than the effort you’ve used to get it out of your house. There are lots of Facebook groups and websites like Gumtree that are for buying and selling without charging fees to do so, so find the one for your local town and start posting. If they still don’t sell, giving them away to a charity shop might be your last resort in getting it re-homed rather than sent to landfill.
NCT nearly new sales
Most areas have a local NCT group. Find your local one on Facebook and see if they have a nearly new sale. Not only are they great for picking up great quality toys and baby/child products you can also sell some of your items as long as they are in good condition. I bought a lot of things for our first at a nearly new sale and it was so busy – definitely one to consider.
I hope this has given you a few ideas to help get rid of unwanted toys. Let me know how you get on and if you have any other ideas!
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