Jumperoos. Baby bouncers. Containers full of clothes ranging in size from Newborn to 2T. Tons of toys. Old suits and work clothes that are now two sizes too small. Time to make a donation.
How did we accumulate so much stuff? I think back to the four baby showers different groups threw me: coworkers, friends, and two family celebrations. I unwrapped a lot of great gifts that are now sitting in my basement. Then there were the “congratulations on your new baby” gifts that trickled in through the mail for about three months after our son arrived—more than two years ago. And when I was working full-time, boy did I enjoy buying new outfits.
Some people save their things because they legitimately want to pass them on to a relative. Or some think, “maybe I will have a second or third child…” Others think they can sell some baby goods off for a little money. Some people actually DO get down to their pre-baby weight and can resume wearing their wardrobe. Not here: it’s time to sell, donate, or toss.
Parting with your baby stuff: where to go?
It seems like selling baby items would be the most lucrative way to clear the clutter. I haven’t found it to be so. There are a few online groups and local businesses that take gently used items that puts cash back in your pocket—but be prepared to accept much less than the full retail price and put some elbow grease into unloading your inventory.
Facebook Online Yard Sales
- I’ve found that these online groups are easy to find on Facebook. And it’s relatively easy to photograph and post items. But, you have to be ready to answer questions, respond to multiple Facebook messages, and barter on price, pick-up times, and pick-up locations. The upside is that if you have a sought-after toy or baby item (think mamaRoo), you are likely to get more money and a swifter response. Here are some online local Facebook “yard sales.”
Kids Southern ME/Seacoast NH Yard Sale
Seacoast NH/ME Moms Yard Sale Site
Some consignment shops or consignment sales will recognize the value of your baby items and at least pay you a little bit for gently used clothes and baby things or give you store credit.
- Children’s Museum of NH – Semi-annual consignment sales
The Hellenic Center, 219 Long Hill Road
Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (half-price sale).
The consignment sale has two parts. The first is the drop, second the shop. Consignors bring their sorted, organized, hung, and tagged items to the drop. Then consignors and anyone else (the public) shops for nearly new, gently used clothing, gear & furniture. There is a pre-sale for consignors, volunteers, and new moms, as well as public hours. For more information on how to register, properly tag items, and schedule a drop off time, click here.
Thrift shops and re-sellers allow you to unload baby items and more, but often you don’t receive anything monetary for your donation except for a tax-write-off.
Thrift Shops and Re-sellers
Operation Blessing accepts donations of clothing in good condition, which are first sorted and organized by volunteers, and is then put on display for clients to select. Clothing donations are accepted Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Seeds of Faith: New Beginnings Thrift Boutique
82 High Street
More than 40 volunteers run the boutique, and new or gently used are always accepted. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the organization states that they will coordinate pickups of large donations.
- Goodwill Store & Donation Center
720 Lafayette Rd
450 High Street
If your basement and closets overflow with items from baby’s past, there are options. And if you are up for still trying to sell it, outdoor yard sale season is right around the corner!