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What to Do With Your Child's Baby Clothes?

Mar 15, 2008
If you are like most mothers, you have saved your children's entire closet of baby clothes. While some of the items are sentimental, most of the items you can get rid of. There are several options for you to consider: you can sell it to a local re-sale or consignment shop, you can list the item on an online auction site, you can list the item for sale in an online consignment shop or you can donate the used baby clothes to charity.

To start, search through the used baby clothing and place it into piles. Some of the clothes will likely be in excellent condition, and some may even have the sales tags on them. If any are damaged and cannot be repaired, throw them out. You will want to sort through the rest of the baby clothes by their current condition; used, slightly used or worn. The clothing should also be sorted by size and/or the age of the baby such as 0-3 months, 3-6 months, etc. After you have sorted the baby clothing, you need to consider which route you will use to dispose of the items.

If you choose to donate the items to a charity, consider charities that are local to your hometown that work with children and families. Call to find out where you can drop the clothing off, what types of used clothing they accept and whether they provide a receipt. The receipt is needed when you file your taxes, as you may be able to take advantage of a tax break the following year.

If you decide to sell them to a re-sale shop or consignment shop in your area, be sure to ask a number of questions before you complete the sale. If you are selling to a re-sale shop, be prepared for them to offer you very low prices since they are going to need to make a profit when they sell the used clothing that you are bringing in to other buyers. If you are going to use a consignment shop, be sure to ask them what their commissions are, how long you can leave the clothes in the shop for sale, how they track the clothing that they display and what their suggested pricing per piece is.

If you decide to sell your used baby clothing online, start with either an online auction site or an online consignment shop. For both of these options, you will need to write detailed descriptions of your items and have digital pictures of each item so that you can upload them onto the websites. Many buyers will offer a 'lot' of used baby clothing that is similar or all within a size grouping (0-3 months). If you choose an online auction site, the items will be sold to the highest bidder. Many of these sites allow for a minimum bid as well as a reserve bid (minimum bid that you will sell your item for), which are good for items that are newer or in high demand, to make sure that you get a fair market value. If you choose an online consignment shop, be sure to ask what their fees are and what their website traffic is like to give yourself the best take home price per item possible. For both of these online options, since you will be shipping the items, make sure that you take this into consideration when you are selecting your bids or sales prices.

Selling your used baby clothing is a great option to make extra money and is simple to do. Someone else in the world needs what you need to get rid of.
About the Author
Victor Epand is an expert consultant for used clothing, used watches, and vacuum food sealers. When shopping for used clothing, used watches, and vacuum food sealers, shop only at the best online stores for baby clothing, used watches, and vacuum food sealers.
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