Tips for Selling Used Children’s Clothes and Toys Online
In our attic, I have piles of “stuff.” Several piles are cardboard boxes that I put the kids’ “good condition” toys into that I eventually plan to sell at a garage sale. I also have bins filled with outgrown clothes that I need to sort into piles for donating or handing down to friends or my siblings’ younger children. Some day…
Several months ago while talking to my friend Sharon, I was explaining how overwhelming my piles were. One day I would figure out how to squeeze a yard sale into our busy lives but I didn’t know when. Sharon immediately asked why I wasn’t posting my items on a local Facebook Trading Post. A Trading Post is similar to an online yard sale or online consignment shop. As the seller, you post a photo of your item and what you’d like to sell the item for. You might include the condition or size or perhaps provide a little bit more on whether you’re willing to meet a buyer or if they need to pick it up.
At first I thought my friend was nuts. I barely have time to put the stuff into the piles let alone post take photos, decide what to price it at, post it to Facebook and hope someone is interested. But after some persuasion, I decided to give it a shot. The first items I posted were Gymboree bathing suits and rash guards. For both items, I requested $10.00. Within minutes I had “bidders” or moms offering to pay me $10.00 for a previously worn bathing suit. After selling over $500.00 worth of children’s toys and baby items, I’m hooked!
Here’s a few lessons I’ve learned so far in my experience with selling used children’s clothes and toys online.
Tips for Selling Used Kids’ Clothing & Toys Online
1. Price your item to sell. If it’s an old toy or baby equipment, I often check online to see what I originally paid. Often toys may have a new “model” even if the original version you are trying to sell isn’t available. Once I know the price, I will offer it for about 60-70% off what I paid depending on the condition.
2. Photograph it. When you photograph items, considering putting “like” items together such a two pairs of jeans or a complete outfit.
3. Post it when you have time to respond. Good items move quickly so at the very least you want to be able to respond to buyers quickly before they move on.
4. Know the rules of your board. Each board is different in terms of what you can post, the quality of the items you post, whether or not you can cross post, even sometimes the brands you can post. Make sure you read these before you start posting so you don’t get kicked out.
5. Understand the lingo:
- Interested: The person posting is interested in your item. A typical response is “Will PM you.”
- PM: Personal Message. This means you are going to use the Facebook messenger to send the potential buyer a private message.
- PPU: Pending Pick-up. If the buyer agrees to buy the item, mark the item accordingly on Facebook. This will help slow down others responses (although you may still get an “interested” if it falls through).
- Bump: When you bump an item you are commenting on it which therefore moves it back to the top of the list.
- No Cross Posting: You can’t post the same item for sale on another board
- EUC: Excellent Used Condition
- ISO: In Search Of. Use this if you are looking for a particular item.
- NWT: New with Tags
- NWOT: New without Tags
6. Delete the item when it’s no longer available. If you sell an item, most boards ask you to delete the item so you don’t continue to receive offers and waste buyers’ time.
7. Select the board that matches what you are trying to sell. Some boards are “upscale” for posting Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines, while other boards allow for for more casual Carters and Target brand items. Boards can also be for specific age groups. I’m on two boards in a particular community. One is for 0-3 years and the other is for children ages 3 and up.
8. Join multiple boards. I find my upscale items sell better on upscale boards. I also find people are more likely to come to me if I’m posting on a board local to where I live.
9. Decide if you will meet someone. A lot of people meet in parking lots to bring an item to a buyer. I don’t have time for this so I price my items for a little less and ask the buyer to pick it up at my house.
10. Post according to season. Post bathing suits and scooters in the spring. Snow boots in the fall. Christmas pajamas a few months before Christmas.
11. Don’t feel like you need to do it all at once. I often photograph items one day and post them on a different day. I can spend 15 minutes taking pictures, emailing them to myself with the size/brand details and then I post when I have time to manage the sale.
12. Finally, don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t sell. I’ve had lots of buyers ignore items I post. Sometimes it’s all about timing or having the item someone wants in a given moment. If it doesn’t sell, consider donating it. There’s always a tax deduction in the future.