Babies grow so fast. It doesn’t take long for your little ones to move up to the next size. If you look around your baby’s closet, there’s a pile of cash waiting for you if you know what to do with it. Selling baby items to consignment stores helps other moms pay less for clothes at the store, and gives you cash at the same time. And these stores pay upfront cash, so you don’t have to wait, hope and pray that someone buys something to get some money back.

How It Works

When you take your baby items in, you’ll have to leave them for a couple of days for the clerks to go through and determine what they’ll want to buy and how much they’ll offer. If you live in a small town or city or go when it’s not busy, then you could get that information within a couple of hours.

Once Upon a Child

Head over to your local Once Upon a Child. It’s a national franchise that’s in the business of buying and selling used baby clothes. They ask that the clothing you bring is gently used. That means no stains, rips or missing buttons. These stores also accept toys, baby equipment, potty seats (remember, gently used) and other accessories. What’s great about Once Upon a Child is that you’ll get paid for your items up front. You don’t have to wait for things to sell. You can either ask for cash or store credit to make other purchases.

Kid to Kid

You have to love two tag lines of the company, “Kids grow faster than paychecks,” and “Clean out and Cash in.” They get it. They want to give you cash, so don’t be shy about earning money with them. Or, you can get up to a 20 percent credit to purchase some of the other items you need. A buyer at the store will check prices online and make you an offer. You’ll get your money right then and there.

Children’s Orchid

You might run into trouble trying to sell off-season items at the other franchises, but not at Children’s Orchid. It’s often willing to take those items all year long. It also tries to beat the competition by offering higher prices for your items. If you’ve got a store in your area, it’s worth comparing what you’ll get from a buyer here versus Kid to Kid or Once a Upon a Child. It also offers a M.O.M.S club where you can earn a $5 Cache Card for each referral you make. You can use the card at the store to make purchases.

Tips and Tricks for Selling Baby Items

Once you decide to earn money selling used baby items, you’ll need a plan for the ones you already have as well as what you plan to purchase in the future. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Sell some high value items you get as gifts to get even higher resale offers
  • Don’t open items you purchase or receive until you need them, in case you decide to sell
  • Check garage and moving sales for brand name clothing sold for cheap
  • Baby equipment such as swings, strollers, bouncer seats and boppy pillows are always in demand, so keep yours in good condition
  • Take advantage of freebies or awesome coupon deals you can find right here on The Krazy Coupon Lady to resell baby items
  • Try to sell the items you make, such as baby slings or cloth diapers

Don’t worry about selling every single baby item you own. You can hold onto some for keepsakes. But you may find yourself with clothing that you just can’t use or duplicate items in storage. Turn those items into cash by selling them to stores that resell baby items.

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25 thoughts on “Sell Baby Items for Extra Cash!”

  1. cheryl says:

    I took my stuff to Once upon a child and they lost a whole box of clothes. They offered me a whole $25 for the box after I had to get in a huge argument wth the owner.

  2. Guest says:

    There are many, many independently owned seasonal consignment sales and they are often larger & better run than the franchise events.

    Anyone near Elizabethtown or Murray, Kentucky should consider selling with Kentucky Kids Consignment Sales. Sellers earn at least 70% of the price they set for their items and have the opportunity to shop for items their family needs right now.

  3. I had to chime in b/c we owned a consignment shop/closed now before we had our second child/so I could stay home :) I’ve gone into our local children’s consignment as “just a Mom” recently and have an interesting “both sides” view. I had the *same* feelings mentioned here – couldn’t understand why they didn’t take certain things, thought they offered too little, and even regretted not trying to sell the new-with-tags winter coats on Ebay. THEN I reminded myself of the truth/what I knew as a store owner…it COSTS them money to be in business – it is ABSOLUTELY reasonable that the item they offer you $5 for is on the floor for $15 – otherwise they would have no hope of staying in business. As far as items you bring in – what “we” all should follow when bringing items in…if it “means something” to you and you’ll keep thinking about it, DON’T BRING IT IN. If you think you’ll “do better” on Ebay, Craigslist or some other venue – DO THAT – don’t bring it in and keep thinking about the “money you lost”. They truth is if you are “done” w/your items and will be grateful to turn them into something new – whether you take the cash or store credit – consignment shops are a wonderful outlet. In my opinion, you should think of what you’ll get compared to a yard sale more than other venues – meaning you invariably make *MORE* than if you’d gone to the trouble of a yard sale, have the convenience of having it gone immediately w/very little work – AND typically sell more of it than you would at a yard sale. If you’re not looking for “the most” you can get, a consignment shop can be a GREAT resource.

  4. Brianlovesbeh says:

    Getting something is better then getting nothing. If they don’t buy it donate it and get the TAX WRITE OFF. Do the math, it may be a better deal for you.

  5. KaidensMom320 says:

    Thank you so much for this information. I have a 16 month old & a ton of clothes to sell. I was going to sell them on eBay because I have never dealt with a consignment shop. So glad I wont have to deal with that. I will be looking into these stores this weekend

  6. jackie says:

    i have lots of baby clothes and thinking to sell it trhough my website..www.jackiereese.com

  7. I don’t care for Once Upon a Child. I took stuff there and they only kept a few items and said everything else was “too used”. That stuff happened to be practically new and maybe worn once. I had already gone through the clothes and tossed the stained ones so I knew I had nice stuff to sell. I will definitely be selling at a garage sale or mom-to-mom sale from now on.

  8. Guest says:

    Give to Goodwill, it is an excellent non-profit that gives to your community, plus you are helping other people save! Stop into the store after you donate & you’d be amazed the things you could purchase for super cheap!

  9. Katrina Edmunds says:

    I am a big fan of weekend kids consignment sales! I sell all my old stuff from my three kids. I make some extra cash and get first pick at the sales to score great deals on things my kids need now. I highly recommend OC Kids Consignment and Urban Kids Consignment here in OC.

  10. Once upon a child is really, really, really bad. I wouldn’t waste my time going in there. You have to have practically new items and expect nothing for them. I had an almost new Baby Bjorn (The expensive $130 kind used no more than 8 times) and a bin full of clothes and brand new Sperry Boys shoes and they wanted to give me $32.88 for all of that yet they want to sale Baby Bjorns for $40 alone?!?! Nope.

    • Heather says:

      I agree!!! My sister went in to sale her almost brand new bouncer and some clothes and they only wanted to give her 15 for all of it! They had the exact same bouncer sitting there on the floor trying to sell it for 25. It’s such a rip off!

    • mamamia says:

      I agree as well. They are a huge rip off! I sell most of my baby clothes and regular clothes that are in great condition and brand name on Ebay. If they are big names like Gap, Gymboree, children’s Place you can usually make more on Ebay than Once Upon A Child.

    • mamamia says:

      I agree as well. They are a huge rip off! I sell most of my baby clothes and regular clothes that are in great condition and brand name on Ebay. If they are big names like Gap, Gymboree, children’s Place you can usually make more on Ebay than Once Upon A Child.

    • mamamia says:

      I agree as well. They are a huge rip off! I sell most of my baby clothes and regular clothes that are in great condition and brand name on Ebay. If they are big names like Gap, Gymboree, children’s Place you can usually make more on Ebay than Once Upon A Child.

  11. Hey says:

    Isn’t it wrong to sell an item that you bought using a coupon? “Not for resell”

  12. Jekkie71 says:

    My favorite is the Rhea Lana sales. They are franchises and are popping up all over. They have a very organized computer system and will reimburse you if they lose an item during the course of the sale.

    • Maltbian says:

      I love Rhea Lana sales, too. I’ve been doing them for about 8 years.
      I’ve made alot of money.

  13. Couponzilla says:

    Children’s Orchard is awful. They will only give you $.50 per item for no name brand items. $1.00 for everything else. Example Gymboree, Gap, Ralph Lauren and high end boutique brands. Total total rip off. If you want to just get stuff out of your house quick then I guess it works otherwise
    it is much better to sell on Ebay.

    • Edinburg,TX says:

      That is so true I also thought selling my little ones clothes at the Children’s Orchard was a good idea boy was I wrong . I had garbage bag full they only offer me $20 for the whole thing. I fell ripped off I just said “NO THANK YOU” and walked right out

  14. Jennifer says:

    I am doing a consignment sale in Ga, and will make 70% of what I sell.. This is my first time, but I have friends that do quite well. I have brought stuff to Kid to Kid before, but wasn’t impressed. I felt ripped off for the money they offered. I hope to do better at theis comsignment sale.. ;)

  15. Guest says:

    we have Mom 2 Mom sales…it’s like a huge garage sale in a public building where moms get together and sell baby/kids clothing, toys, furniture etc. You do have to pay for a table but there are overwhelming number of people that show up where you will make that money back with in 10 minutes!

  16. Guest says:

    Check in your area for “Just Between Friends” consignment sales. In most areas, they happen twice a year and you can sell your own or buy clothes, toys, equipment, etc. I have sold my baby clothes/gear and have done fairly well at these consignment sales. Just thought I’d let people know :)

  17. Guest says:

    Check in your area for “Just Between Friends” consignment sales. In most areas, they happen twice a year and you can sell your own or buy clothes, toys, equipment, etc. I have sold my baby clothes/gear and have done fairly well at these consignment sales. Just thought I’d let people know :)