Oddly enough, the amount of gear you need for your child seems
to decrease with age. Sure, there are times when I wish I had an
extra pair of shorts for my eldest, now 6, but it pales in
comparison with his wardrobe at age 1.
Never mind the plastic toy kitchen my little guy has
outgrown, the outgrown car seats and the high chairs that have seen
their share of food experiments. What to do with the strollers and
the plastic push car that was the godsend of
I've found some great places around the city that will
accept your used kid stuff. Because one person's castoffs are
another one's treasures, right?
1 Babies, Tots N'
You can become a consignor or donate your gently used kids items
to this seasonal consignment sale that sells everything from
strollers to clothes to everything in between.
"After having my second son I became claustrophobic with
`stuff,' and I knew this would be a great way for families to
recycle their old gear," says Kristin Myers, the founder and
organizer of this thrice-yearly event. Babies, Tots N' More also
sells boutique overstock supply. Crowds come in droves.
2 Moxie Jean
Easily rid your closets of old kids' clothes with Moxie Jean.
Founder Sharon Schneider, a philanthropist and mom of three, always
felt challenged by keeping her kids in right-sized, high-quality
clothes, so Moxie Jean was born. The idea is simple genius-Moxie
Jean helps you clean your closets of old baby clothes, then
packages them up for sale or donation to needy families. They even
buy them back when the kids have outgrown them. "Our core mission
is to help moms reduce their consumption and reclaim time with
their kids," Schneider says. Indeed, this solution is paying it
forward at its best.
3 Share Our Spare
This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to sharing
resources to help low-income families cut the cost of raising a
child. Share Our Spare collects new and gently used items through
donation drives with local corporations, school classrooms or
birthday party gift collections and meets first-hand with local
service agencies to identify families in need.
4 Zealous Good
Zealous Good helps connect people with items to donate with the
local charities that need them. This way, you can hand select the
charity that has the biggest need for the items you're looking to
unload and Zealous Good even arranges the pick-up and/or drop-off
details to make it easy. It even has a section of its website
specifically for "Toys and Games."
Sara R. Fisher is a hip city mom of two who knows just what other hip moms need to know.
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