What do other mom's do with all the clothes and toys after you're done with them?

KelleKelle - posted on 12/02/2010 ( 93 moms have responded )

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Kids just accumulate so much stuff! I have tons of clothes and toys, even after donating and selling many things. I have held on to most of the really nice clothes hoping to give them to someone that can appreciate them, but SURPRISINGLY, I can't seem to find anyone! Does anyone have any unique ideas on how to make sure these things are not wasted? I need to make room for more stuff after Christmas!

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Rhitu - posted on 09/01/2013

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Hi Melissa: How old are your daughters? I may not be able to help you with clothes but depending on the age of the children, I could definitely help with toys. Where are you located? If you let me know, I could figure something out.

Regards
Rhitu

Melissa - posted on 12/22/2012

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hi my name is melissa smith i have 2 kids a 1 year old and a 4 year old i really need clothes for my kids i will appreciate anything u give me i have 2 girls

Heather - posted on 12/14/2010

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I would look into shelters for homeless families or batter wemen shelters. They might be able to use and apprcate the donation.even your local church might know of a family in need who really need them.I give my kids hammie downs To families that are lower ranking the my husband is (in the navy)

Renee - posted on 12/08/2010

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I started doing intensive foster care, and I am always surprised that all the cases I have received, and the others I have heard of, often have NOTHING! There are some babies that are released from the hospital to foster parents that got a call that day! The most advanced placement I have gotten is one day, which is not enough time to get everything together. I would find out if there is a local agency that could use your things. You can GUARANTEE that they will be appreciated, and you can feel great about giving to kids that have NOTHING at all. Any and all extras that I find I do this. I recently went threw my own closet and am donating all the clothes to teenagers that are in the system. It makes it so much easier to let go, when I know it will go to kids that truly 'need it'. Good luck!!!

Monique - posted on 12/08/2010

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Donate! Donate! In this economic time, children's products can always be used at shelters or religious organizations. Another fun thing to do, even though it will probably generate more clothes:>)! Have a get together with friends and each lay out items they want to pass on or sell and maybe someone will pick up your items.

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Nicole - posted on 02/17/2014

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www.jumblzar.com is an online, trusted marketplace to buy & sell used baby gear. Registration is completely free :)
Good luck selling!
-Nicole
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Jessica - posted on 12/31/2013

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Hello I am In need of any clothing cribs bibs etc
My cousin isn't healthy enough to take care of her new baby so my mom and I are going to be his legal gardian. I need all the stuff I can get because we aren't that financially stable ourself but family is family it's what you have to do. Please emal if u can help with anything thank you:)

Rhitu - posted on 09/17/2013

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Alternately, if you let me know where you want the stuff dropped off, I could try and do that as well.

regards
Rhitu

Rhitu - posted on 09/17/2013

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Hi : I would love to help. where are you located and is there specific stuff that you are looking at?

warm regards
Rhitu

Jordan - posted on 12/07/2012

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I have a 7 month old girl she turns 8 months on the 16th any clothes would be helpful !

Victoria - posted on 12/06/2012

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Hello,We are a family from Romania and we have 4 children 2 boys (4 and 10 years) and 2 girls (9 and 13 years).My husband work and I stay home and take care of them.Everything is expensive and is difficult to buy children clothes and everything they need.I wish you can help me with clothes that no longer is useful.thank you very much

Holly - posted on 12/03/2012

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I got 2 notices about this post. Its been awhile since I posted. I'm almost done going though family of 5 cloths and thinking about donating some to the red cross or places that give to the need that are on the street, and baby stuff to my sister for her new baby that will arrive in a few months. I'm gonna say, we have WAY to many cloths. and bull crap toys that just get thrown around and not played with, going though those after were done with cloths!

Brandy - posted on 12/03/2012

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i always give away clothes and toys; its so many needed people out here that will gladly take them.

Sarah - posted on 12/01/2012

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You can create a Facebook page that will allow you to post photos of the items you want to get rid of and either you can set a price or you can take the first offer given. You can designate the place where you will meet people who purchase the items. I have done this with some of my kids things, but I live in an area that had big yard sale weekends several times a year.

GALE - posted on 11/28/2012

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hi i have lots of girl clothing looking to swap for bigger cloths i am a foster mom

GALE - posted on 11/28/2012

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hi how are you i feel the same way i am a foster mom and willing to swap with someone so my girls can have some good cloths are yours girl or boys cloths

Sophia - posted on 11/23/2012

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I ask around at work... give to my son's daycare, she knows which mom may need it...

Amanda - posted on 09/08/2012

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I run a facebook buy sell group in my city. Mom's post what they are selling & other's post what they are looking for.

Stephanie - posted on 09/01/2012

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hi, moms! you all sound like the kind of women who will appreciate this: peace. love. swap! we are a community based event that allows local moms to get together in a fun, party-like atmosphere to swap our gently used maternity, infant, kids and teens clothing, toys and accessories! volunteers set the clothing/up in an organized way on racks and tables while the moms enjoy a silent auction and vendor show w/lots of free samples! i am the regional director for the east coast - virginia through maine - and the local coordinator for virginia beach, va area. there are peace. love. swap events happening all over the country!! and if there's not one near you, you can start your own! please check our links/fb pages to see the latest information, or to participate as a volunteer, vendor or swapper! you can email me with questions at stephaniec@peaceloveswap.com. check www.peaceloveswap.com and search for your cities - connect w/us on fb, too! :) :) stephanie c.

Jamie - posted on 12/21/2010

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I kept a few things from my girls like special outfits they wore, a first toy...stuff like that. Everything else I have been donating to my neighbors church. You can donate clothes and toys to any church, goodwill, salvation army and other places like that that could really use the generosity. I wish you luck!

Holly - posted on 12/19/2010

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it depends on how much stuff they have. i keep them most for my next child when they grow. hand me downs. i have a huge HUGE family on my side and my husbands, sometimes it gos to them. if you cant find anyone, there is thrift stores, good will or consignment places like church or consignment stores!

Faryal - posted on 12/17/2010

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i try to keep the toys that are no longer in use by my baby in a safe place... in a box or closet etc...

Jen - posted on 12/15/2010

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i give all my sons old clothes to my mum she voulnteers at a church cafe thing where they feed the homeless n activties n stuff she give my son clothes to the people who need them who have kids she just recently gave my sons first ever travel system to an 18 year old girl whos 5 months pregnant n doesnt know anything about rasing a child she has a few mental issues even my moms neighbours have gave cots n baths n clothes for her its about working togeather in this world why let things lie there n get dusty when we can help someone else out whos in need. i give my sons toys too n i also gave some to my bf cousin whos 15 n had a baby 5 months ago not like she was grateful so i wont bother with her no more. id rather people who are in need to have my sons stuff n instead of some stuck up teenager tht ddint care n probley wont touch stuff.

Denise - posted on 12/14/2010

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Also I have a friend that her daughter just had a beautiful baby girl, but during child birth had complications and passed away. She could use anything that you have for a girl ddenise678@aol.com if this is something you might be able to help with.

Denise - posted on 12/14/2010

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Church's can alway use the clothes as well as some Daycare will except slightly used toys. Hope this has been useful

Jessica - posted on 12/14/2010

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sell in a yard sale, give to day care center, give or sell to other families in the area, through work. depends on the item and its value. a small amount is kept to pass on to my kids.

Carla - posted on 12/13/2010

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what sizes do you have? I have a 2 yr old boy and a 3 yr old girl...I will take some clothes! I would be happy too! my email is carlacarnes@hotmail.com

Jamie - posted on 12/13/2010

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I HAVE A FOSTER CARE COMMITTEE AND I TAKE EXTRA KIDS CLOTHES AND TOYS THAT ARE GIVEN TO ME AND GIVE THEM TOO FOSTER FAMILIES THAT GET KIDS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT ..I HAVE LOTS OF PEOPLE ASKING FOR ITEMS THAT I JUST CANT KEEP STUFF AND I HAVE TO TURN SOME AWAY ..KIDS COME INTO FOSTERCARE WITH WHAT THEY ARE WEARING AND NO TOYS OF THEIR OWN A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVENT GOT NICE CLOTHES OR TOYS AND SOMETIMES TOYS IN A KIDS EYES ARE PRICELESS ..IF YOU OR ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE CLOTHES OR TOYS TO FOSTERCARE ITS JAMIE SANDERS 5937 OZARK RD WISE VA 24293 EMAIL jamiedjust@hotmail.com

Darby - posted on 12/11/2010

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I have also been using a local children's consignment shop and that has been working out wonderfully. I get a little bit of money and rid my house of some clutter. With 4 children, things certainly do accumulate. :-)

Darby - posted on 12/11/2010

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I request pick ups from Purple Heart for the items I choose to donate, I take some things to my church, I pass some things to my nieces or nephews, and at times I sell on Craigslist. I can usually find someone who can benefit from the toys and clothes my children outgrow. Good luck!

Tiffany - posted on 12/11/2010

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I recently discovered a REALLY COOL solution to the same problem - a swap site called ThredUp! Free to join: http://www.thredup.com/Holley56835 ... you box up and list your stuff, and when other people pick it you earn "picks". Then you can "shop" through the TONS of boxes of clothes and toys listed on the site (sorting by kids' gender, age, whatever - even brands or types of clothes!)!

Karinda - posted on 12/11/2010

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Have you actually gone to a Womens shelter or orphanage and gave them stuff. Once you see all the children in need Im sure you will see that they would greatly appreciate the nice things. Doesnt have to be some one you know because the ones that you prob dont know that do not have money and can not afford to buy the nice clothes/toys WILL appreciate them more than anyone else. You are a great person donating ! Happy Holidays!

Bri - posted on 12/11/2010

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We have kept a few items from each stage of our daughters infancy/childhood to save for her in the future (as my mom did for me which means some of the things my child wore were 2nd generation).

The rest we have:
1. Given to other family/friends
2. Resold at Once Upon A Child (kids consignment store that is a franchise with stores throughout US)
3. Resold at local kids resale events (typically put on be churches)- try googling
4. Sold on Craigslist
5. Give to Teen Parents Succeeding program or local organization that provides resources for needy parents with newborns-age 2
6. Give to local women's shelter (for many of these women now have nothing)
7. Donate to Salvation Army, Goodwill, other charity
8. Find moms with kids of similar size, possibly 1-2 sizes up and down and do a swap!
9. Freecycle (especially things that simply are too outdated/worn to be resold but still have wearable life in them, especially to someone who doesn't otherwise have!)

There was a post about having the child go through toys/books/etc. and we have been doing this with our daughter for 2 years now (she's now age 4) with 3 piles- Keep/Play now, Put Away for Later, Give to other boys/girls.... granted, I do sensor a bit afterwards (i.e. she puts a keepsake from my baby hood in the "give" pile) but it does give her some choice and participation in deciding what's important to her as well as teaching the lesson about selflessness and giving to others.

Beth - posted on 12/11/2010

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Have you ever tried a kids' consignment sale? With the Here We Grow Again sale you can earn 70% for your items. You price the items the way you want and they will sell it for you. If it doesn't sell during the sale, they will donate it for you. It is so easy and saves you from having to have a garage sale!

Fiona - posted on 12/10/2010

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Like others in this discussion, I've donated many things. I've also sold some things on e-bay, like the rocking chair. I found it sold very fast and they buyer picked it up- so that was pretty easy ! If I'm not sure about giving something away or selling it I'll lend it to another mother e.g. the co-sleeping cot. And I'll re-evaluate if I still need it after my friend has finished borrowing it.

Stephanie - posted on 12/10/2010

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Find someone with a child 1 yr. younger and just pass them on...That is what I have been doing and it feels good to help others out...

Maria - posted on 12/10/2010

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Sell them at a JBF sale www.jbfsale.com See if there is one in your area. Make some money if ya can and the clothes that dont sell you can donate or give away or hold on to for the next sale.

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Letting go of the clothes really depends on your attachment to them. If you have a few articles of clothing and you are handy with a sewing machine, what I've done is make new items the kids can enjoy. I've made pillowcase using 4x4 scrap patches and sewn together. Just this week, I brought out their baby blankets that they will never use again and made each of my 3 kids their Christmas stocking using their blanket. You can make little items like purses, aprons, doll clothes, new blankets for them ( using cut out squares from their old clothes and just sewn together... The sky's the limit. I hope this helped.

Janine - posted on 12/10/2010

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Why not put them on Ebay? You can make some money - and then put the money back into buying more stuff for your kids.

Skye - posted on 12/10/2010

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well if you dont mind i will take the clothes off you, if you dont mind.were do you live?

Lynn - posted on 12/10/2010

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You could try a local womens shelter. I live in PA and the shelter referred me to a place that helps young moms. they take everything! Formula, bottles clothing and toys!

Lisa - posted on 12/10/2010

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I keep the clothes that are important. Christmas, easter outfits or the outfits they came home from the hospital in or people made. Same with blankets, I keep the ones that have sentimental value. We're going to have our third and last child and when we found out it was a boy, we had a garage sale, then took to the consignment shop and anything that didn't sell through one of those venues went to Goodwill. Same for toys.

Now I keep two boxes in the laundry room. One is for Goodwill, the other is for storage. About once a month, I load the Goodwill box and take it in.

Tami - posted on 12/10/2010

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I have always has several garage sales and made quite a bit of money. I never sell anything that has a stin on it. I just give those away if anyone is interested. If they dont sell I take them to goodwill where I know they will find a good home and will be appreciated.

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Or box 'em up and donate to the local shelter; the troops overseas love having books and toys for giving out to the kids in the towns they serve in ~ check out www.operationquietcomfort.org for more info on that.

Maggie - posted on 12/10/2010

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try a consignment store. They will sell them for you and you usually get about half the selling price. I buy most of our clothes at consignment stores because the prices are great and they look like new. Also, why not donate them? Just because they are "nicer" doesn't mean someone won't buy them from the good-will store. in fact, they'll probably sell faster.
Nothing will be wasted unless you throw it in the trash.

Stephanie - posted on 12/10/2010

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Luckily for me I know enough people/friends that recently had/having kids for me to give my sons clothes to that I don't have this problem. When my daughter was born I was really recentful of people giving me their hand-me-downs...but now I totally get it!! lol You can try thift shops or your local church. We have three different thift shops in town and I know churches are always willing to take in the clothes for their members.

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