What Do You Do With Your Used Kid’s Clothes and Toys?

This past week I have been up to my elbows in pricing some kid’s clothes and other baby stuff for a consignment sale I have started to participate in through my twin group. It’s a lot of work, but I have to say, it’s really nice to get a cheque at the end of it. I haven’t always been a fan of selling my clothes, and for the past 3 years, I donated all my kids clothes to other families who were expecting children. Most of the time, it feels really good to give the stuff to families who need it, while I have also experienced giving clothes to someone who I don’t really think did appreciate it. And that hurts.

I’ve always been pretty torn between selling my kid’s used clothes or donating them.  While I love the prospect of getting some money for them, I have worked with families in need, and have been on the receiving end of donations from other families. I think it’s really important to give to those families who need it, and to pay forward the generosity that I have received from other families.

So, do you sell the clothes, or do you donate them?  I think we can do a mixture. I know Jarrett and I do. The thing I really like about the twin sale that I participate in is that the clothes that are in the sale are priced to go. They are nice clothes for cheap prices. In my head, that’s kind of like donating the clothes, but with an added bonus cheque. I know I can get a lot more money for the clothes if I wanted to, but it feels good offering other families the ability to buy nice clothes for cheap. It’s a good compromise between selling and donating.

We still donate things to families we know if they catch us at a time that we are getting rid of things, and there are also certain things that the sale won’t take that I can donate to places like goodwill or other donation centers as well. It’s nice being able to help other families, and the only thing Jarrett and I ask is that they pay it forward.

Of course, if you are in the position where donating is not feasible for you, then absolutely sell your clothes! You would never want to be put in the position where you can’t afford to take care of your family, and every little bit counts!

What do you do with your children’s clothes? Do you sell them or donate them? Or save them? There is always the option of saving some of your favorite outfits, or saving everything for the next baby that comes along!


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