The thing about babies, as you probably already know, is that they grow out of clothes quick.
And, unless you’re having another one in the near future, there’s no reason to keep the clothes piling up in a corner since there’s no use for it anymore. Another parent would love to buy what you no longer want, seeing new baby clothes are often pretty expensive.
While there’s a good chance most of these used baby clothes are in good shape, why not at least attempt to exchange these clothes for some cold hard cash?
Sure, you could donate them, and there’s nothing wrong that. There’s just something about making a few extra dollars instead to maybe even put toward your child’s next wardrobe.
So, in today’s post, I wanted to talk about the many methods you can use if you have used baby clothes on hand and want to earn cash in as little as 24 hours, sometimes even less if you don’t mind visiting a consignment shop in person.
Yes, all of these methods are 100% legitimate and are extremely easy to use. I will be sure to explain how each method works in the description.
Where to Sell Used Baby Clothes for Cash
thredUP has been mentioned a few times on the website, and it’s for a good reason.
Claiming to be the largest online consignment and thrift store online, threadUP is always on the lookout to buy any secondhand clothes, including baby clothing. And, the best part is that they accept more than 35,000+ brands, simply meaning that they probably will want what you have to sell (as long as it’s in great condition, of course!).
To start selling, you need to first order a kit (free in most cases), pack your clothes in it and mail it in. You get to choose what you want thredUP to do with your clothes as you order the kit as they can either return the unwanted clothes to you or donate it in the case it’s not needed.
The great thing about threadUP is that you can see how much you should expect to earn before you even send your baby clothes in, making for a great way to figure out how much you could make. If you like the estimates, then ship it in. If not, then it’s to you to either decide to donate it, sell in another way I list below or even bring it into a local consignment shop, all of which I mention later on.
Being the largest consignment shop online, if you’re going to pick one out, this is one I would highly recommend sheerly based on its size, but as you’re about to find out, there are other options as well.
- Website: threadUP
Swap.com sells more than just baby clothes, considering itself to be a “community of thrifters.” So, if you have more than just baby clothes you want to sell for cash, then this is one to consider.
To sell on Swap, you must first abide by the acceptance criteria as they have a bunch of rules which can be found here. As long as you feel you can meet these rules, then Swap works a pinch differently in that they ask you to apply in order to sell. It’s so important to read them so that you’re not surprised with the end results.
The kicker here is that they ask that you have more than 250+ quality items that you’re looking to sell, so if you’re only looking to offload a few items, then this may not be the greatest option. However, if you have a ton to get rid of, and again, you meet the acceptance rules, then you may want to apply. You can read more about it in my Swap.com review.
If accepted, you will work with the “Premier Selling Team” and send in all of your clothes to the quality inspection team to start earning money.
- Website: Swap.com
My Kid’s Threads
MyKidsThreads.com is an online consignment shop that asks that you mail in your baby clothes to receive a cash offer, much like the two mentioned prior.
According to the website, here’s how it works.
First, you will want to request a bag from the company. It’s free and comes with a prepaid label, essentially costing you nothing. You can request a mailer bag here.
Once you receive your bag, fill it up with accepted items and drop it off at a UPS store. Just make sure you follow that accepted items list to see what brands they accept.
When MyKidsThreads receives your bag, they will inspect it and list your items for sale. Once it sells, you get a 40% payout.
- Website: MyKidsThreads.com
This appears to be yet another online consignment shop that may be interested in buying your used baby clothes.
If you do decide to cosign with them, they offer 50% of the sale price and pay you via PayPal within 15 to 30 days.
Like all of the consignment shops I do list here, they have a list of what they do accept.
- Website: Josie’s Friends
Once Upon a Child
Out of all the consignment shops I list on this post, I would say that Once Upon a Child is probably the biggest. In fact, the official website states they are the “largest national franchise specializing in reselling gently used kids’ clothing…”
This is not an online store; rather, it’s a store you visit in person. This can make for a great choice if you want to deal with someone in person and get cash quick.
All of these consignment shops work in the same way.
They will first ask you to bring any clothing you want to sell. Aside from clothing, you can also bring toys and baby gear as long as it’s in good shape.
Once you bring it in, an associate will sort through your goods, usually taking about 20 to 30 minutes to do so, sometimes more depending on how much you bring, and then offer a cash deal or even more store credit if you so choose.
If you have a Once Upon a Child, I really recommend you at least start here first because I found them to pay out the most in my experiences, but of course, your results could vary.
To find a location and learn more about the selling process, refer to the official link below.
- Website: Once Upon a Child
Kid to Kid
Kid to Kid is one of the many consignment stores that are willing to pay cash on the spot for your unwanted baby clothes. Again, this is another in-person option.
All they ask is that you bring in your freshly clean clothes during buying hours and wait for an offer to arrive. Depending on how busy they are, this can take anywhere from 20 to 30+ minutes to complete. To increase the amount offered, they do recommend you check out the “earn more cash” to receive more tips.
If they want to buy anything you bring in, then they can either offer you cash on the spot or 20% more if you choose a store credit.
Refer to the official website below to see what they buy, how you can sell as well as where they are located.
- Website: Kid to Kid
The Children’s Orchard is a smaller child-based consignment shop, primarily located on the east side of the United States and are always looking to buy gently used baby clothes and even toys.
Like most of the consignment shops I already mentioned, Children’s Orchard will work in the same way.
Simply box up the clothes you want to sell, bring them into the store and wait for an estimate. If they want to buy anything, you can either choose cash on the spot or even store credit if you want to earn more. At least according to the website, they are looking for “favorite” brands that they tend to buy more of.
How much you make really depends on what you bring, the condition and brand, but from my estimates, I would bet on $1 to $2~ per piece, sometimes more.
To see if one is near you, I recommend using the official search tool.
- Website: ChildrensOrchard.com
As a last resort, you could always consider eBay if you don’t feel like going to a consignment shop or you want to get the most for your baby clothes. Honestly, this is my favorite option out of all and only takes a few days for your items to sell.
If you do go this route, consider checking out the most recently sold listings to figure out what is selling as well as considering listing your baby clothes in bulk. That way, you can make more and ship out fewer items.
eBay can usually get you the most money, but like the consignment shops, it’s going to really depend on what you’re selling.
- Website: eBay
Consider One of the Many Selling Apps
Long gone are the days where you need to list something on eBay and wait for a buyer. As more and more apps hit the market, this is your opportunity to take advantage and potentially sell your baby clothes in hours.
The only downfall, however, is that you will need to meet in person, but as long as you meet in a safe place, such as a police station parking lot, you shouldn’t have any troubles.
All of the apps I list below work in the same way.
Take a picture, create a description and then interact with a potential buyer to figure out the final details. Then, once you meet in person, exchange cash and the clothes to complete the transaction.
Again, as long as you don’t mind meeting up in person, you may want to consider one of the following popular selling apps:
Some of these apps are free, whereas some may have small fees. Just make sure you read the terms and conditions before selling to know how the system works.
To learn more about these apps in depth, be sure to check out our best clothing apps to use today.
I saw Kidizen mentioned quite a few times online, but I figured I would list it here, even though I didn’t find it to be a great option. Picture it more of a social platform where you can sell your kid’s clothing.
With Kidizen, you do need to set up a shop, similar to that of eBay, and list your items. So, if you’re looking for instant cash, it may not be an option for you.
The only perk I can see is that since the website focuses on kid resale, your buyers will be very targeted.
Kidizen will take 10% of your final sale price, but it could be something to consider if you want to list your baby clothes on more than one website.
- Website: Kidizen
I would have to say this is one of the best ways to sell baby clothes, again, only if you don’t mind meeting up in person and creating a listing.
As long as you have a Facebook account, selling in a local Facebook Group or even on the marketplace is easier than ever.
If you want to sell on the Marketplace, this can simply be done via the “Marketplace” tab. Click on sell and wait for a local buyer who sees your listing.
Aside from the Marketplace, you can also join local city groups, most of which you can find simply by using Facebook’s search tool. Just search for your city, click on the “groups” tab and see if you can find a “buy, sell trade” group. You can also search for “BST” groups that work nationwide. If you join one of these, you will have to work out the details via PayPal and ship out as you would on Ebay.
If you’re able to find one, ask to join and then list your items once approved. Before you do, however, just make sure you read the reviews to ensure that your listing stays active.
Regardless of which option you choose, this is a wonderful way to earn cash fast from local Facebook users.
You’re not going to make money with Schoola, but if you feel your baby clothes won’t be worth much, you can at least donate them to an online cause and give the proceeds to a school.
In short, Schoola will accept your clothing donations, which you will mail via a prepaid label. Then, after your clothing sells, they will take a portion of the proceeds to help a school you choose.
As of right now, they work with more than 30,000 schools and you can even add yours if you so choose.
Again, don’t expect to make anything, but it could be a great charity to consider, especially if you just want to mail your clothes in and not visit a local donation center.
- Website: Schoola
If you plan on using eBay or Facebook Groups, always make sure that you’re as descriptive as possible.
If you’re selling a bulk lot of clothing, then specifically state what’s in it.
It’s always best to include the brand, size, a simple description, condition and price. As long as you have all of these bases covered, people will know what they are buying.
Take Great Pictures
You don’t need to be a professional photographer, but pictures, like that cliche saying states, is worth “a thousand words.” So, it’s at least wise to spend a few minutes taking your photos.
When taking your pictures, try to use a neutral background with natural light. After you’re done, cropping as well as adjusting the colors can make your pictures look that much better.
It doesn’t have to be something fancy. Just enough to let the buyer know what they are getting.
Be Sure to Bundle Properly
If you have a ton of baby clothes, it doesn’t make sense to sell each item individually. Instead, you’re going to find out that it’s much easier to sell in bulk lots.
If you plan on going this route, be sure to bulk everything that’s related to each other.
For instance, make sure all of your sizes match as you wouldn’t want a 2T bundled with a 4T. The same can be said about what you’re selling as it’s best to sell shorts with shorts and t-shirts with t-shirts.
Be Mindful of the Season
It’s wise to start selling your baby clothes a few months before the season starts.
So, what I’m basically saying is that it’s best to sell shorts in the spring and winter jackets in the winter.
Generally, as long as you’re a season ahead, you should see a lot more interest.
Research the Price
Check out eBay, even if you don’t plan on using it, to see what others are selling their clothes for.
As long as you look at the most recently sold listings, it can at least give you an idea as to what you should price your listings at.
The more research you do, the more you can be assured you’re getting the best price.
As you can see, there are a ton of places to sell your gently used baby clothing.
Depending on what you want out of this, it can be as easy as shipping it off to someone else and let them sell it for you or you can try to sell it on your own to maximize your profits. You can also visit a consignment shop in person as well to get quick cash.
Nonetheless, your best bet is to always attempt to sell on your own. Even though it will take a pinch more of your time, you can often make up to 60% more in some cases.
If you don’t have the time to sell, then consignment shops can work, either in person or online. Just keep in mind that many have restrictions so be sure to know about them ahead of time before you waste your time, so I recommend you at least read these restrictions before even considering.
I would at least attempt to try the in-person options first because you can get the clothing back, whereas your online shops will often charge you to ship back your clothes. Plus, the in-person option gets you cash in your hand pretty fast.
In the end, as long your baby clothes are in shape, there’s no reason you can’t make a few extra bucks, regardless of which option you choose.
Best of luck to you!
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