A Beta Mummy Guide to Doing a Baby Sale

I recently sold a load of my baby crap at a nearly-new sale.  It wasn’t an NCT one (I’m not sure my shabby offerings would be welcome there), but there are loads of the same sort of thing around these days.  Great for picking up a bargain or three as a buyer, and also great for getting rid of your shit.  Because if you’ve had kids I guarantee you’ll have an awful lot of baby detritus cluttering up your house.  Here are my genuinely useful (who knew?!) tips for selling at a baby sale:

1. Do not leave sorting all your shit out until the last minute. You have an AWFUL lot of crap up in that loft, and with the best will in the world, you won’t get away without sorting it out a bit before attempting to sell it.

2. Do not think about how much all this stuff must have cost you when you bought it new. You will only get depressed when you realise how worthless it now is and how much good gin or what a nice holiday you could have had instead.

3. Stick price labels on as much stuff as you can manage beforehand. In fact, don’t use labels – use a roll of masking tape. It tears easily, can be easily written on, and comes off stuff without leaving a sticky mark (see, I told you this would be helpful!).

4. Raid the kids’ moneybox beforehand so that you have a decent amount of change with you to start off with. There will always be some bastard that wants to buy a book for 20p but only has a tenner to pay with…

5. On the subject of kids, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES take your kids with you to the baby sale. Oh my goodness no. Can you imagine? They will get under your feet, cry when people try to buy their stuff that suddenly they care about despite not having touched for 2 years, and you will end up taking home a load of other people’s shite that the kids have nagged you into submission over.

6. Other people’s kids, however, are your prime targets as a seller. Put boxes of all your best plastic crap down at their level, for them to get stuck into whilst their mum is busy cooing over the clothes that you’ve laid out on the table above. Before you know it, the kid has fallen in love with that annoying flashy beepy car that you can’t wait to get rid of, and their mum will almost certainly pay the 50p to shut them up. Mwa ha ha ha ha haaaaaa.

7. Take supplies. I’m talking spare labels (masking tape), paper/card, blu-tack, scissors, hangers, etc. Also snacks and drinks – it’s hard work lugging all that in and out of the car and then standing around trying to flog it.

8. Don’t expect to make loads of money. Obviously it depends what you’re selling, how many buyers turn up and luck of the draw in terms of who wants what, but don’t be surprised if you only make £30 or so. Look at it like this, though: You just want to get rid. If it’s been in your loft for three years, you are not suddenly going to get around to selling items individually on specialist Facebook groups. You get to clear some space in your ridiculously over-cluttered house, some other parents pick up some bargains, and you make a few quid (to probably end up spending on more stuff…) Everyone’s a winner!

Have you ever been to a baby sale – as a buyer or a seller? How did you get on? What other tips would you share with people who are thinking about going to one? In your experience what sells particularly well (or not well) at these things?

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  • Perdita 27/02/2018 at 1:34 pm

    I’m carting all mine up and down to relatives – I can’t face a sale, I’d go mad trying to organise it.
    My local FB group does think about what it cost new, which is why there are often £15+ broken toys on there and posh owners wondering why they aren’t selling.


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