Alicia Westbrook from the Sandy Kid to Kid store shares tips to earn the most money for your kid’s things.
1. Wash and sort your things before you bring them in.
a. We’re only able to take items that are ready to go onto the shelf. Sometimes we have to turn away wonderful product because it has a dirt spot on it that would have come out in the wash. So it pays to make sure it’s clean before you bring it in. You can even wash most sport shoes and they come out looking like new.
b. Carefully look through the things you bring in to make sure they don’t have any stains or excess wear. This saves you time in the store, and also saves you from hauling in a bunch of items that we’re not able to buy.
c. Our buyers have to be very selective when they go through your things. They’re looking for items that our customers will be excited to buy.
d. If you’re wondering about whether or not something is good enough, bring it in, and let us make the choice. Sometimes we can accept a slight flaw in an item in a high need size like size 5 that we would turn away in an infant size.
2. Put Your Outfits together
a. This is especially important for infant wear. If you wore it together, put it together in your bin – even if it’s not the same brand. We’re more likely to take it as an outfit, and it’s more valuable so you’ll receive a higher payout. Unfortunately, we turn away a lot of separates in infant sizes because they just don’t sell well.
3. Excellent time of year to bring in Toys and Baby Equipment
a. Demand is highest right now as we stock up for the holidays, so you’ll earn a little more.
b. Make sure all the parts and pieces are with each toy. A good way to do it is to put them in a little Ziploc bag and tape it to the toy.
c. If the toy requires batteries, check to make sure it works before bringing it in. If it has batteries in it – all the better. This saves you time and makes it more likely that we will be able to buy it.
d. Take a minute to wipe down the toys so they’re clean. Toys that look new are worth more. This is a good job for the kids. They get motivated if they think they’ll get some money back for toys they aren’t using.
e. On the other hand, you might actually need to take the toys when the kids aren’t looking. Even though they may be way past the age appropriate stage for the toys, it brings back happy memories to think of the fun they had playing with them.
4. You can sell more than you think
Kid to Kid buys almost anything that a growing child uses that’s still in great condition and meets current safety standards. That obviously means clothes and toys, but here are some of the things that you might not even think about:
a. Baby gear like strollers, highchairs, bassinets and pack n plays. These are some of our highest need items because most thrift stores like Deseret Industries and Savers no longer resell these items. Kid to Kid is able to keep buying and selling safe baby equipment because we have an incredible program that allows us to screen out recalled items.
b. Books, videos, and DVD’s
c. Snow gear including boots, coats, sleds, gloves and hats.
d. Dance wear and soccer gear
e. Maternity clothes, nursing covers, and baby carriers
f. Nursery furniture like glider rockers, changing tables, and even dressers
5. Consider taking store credit instead of cash.
a. You can earn cash on the spot when you sell to Kid to Kid. But almost half of our customers prefer to take their payment in store credit because they earn 20% more than the cash payout.
b. Kid to Kid stores are full of quality, carefully screened gently used products, and we also have lots of brand new items that we’ve brought in for the holidays.
c. You’ll find new toys from Melissa and Doug, Schylling, and Toysmith.
d. We’ve got the best hair bow selection in the state with stick on and tiny snap barrette bows for newborns with barely any hair to the latest tween hair accessories like these crochet flowers.
It makes a lot of sense to “trade” your things in to Kid to Kid and really stretch that holiday budget.
To find more information, contact the Kid to Kid nearest you. You can find them through www.kidtokid.com