Babies need a lot of stuff, and being the first time parent you went all out and got everything for your little bundle of joy! Crib, travel crib, play pan, swing set, bouncers, play gym and of course the basics car seat, travel system/strollers! You were both working parents, and decided you need multiple bases for the car seat and guess what you got all of those…. And now your little baby is no longer a baby he/she is a pre schooler or a kindergartner and all those stuff you bought for your baby is no longer needed!! Oh well, pass them on, donate them or save them for your second one….What to do?? What to do??
As long as you are not throwing them away I am okay with it, but today I want to talk to you about this cool solution to this situation – “Toysshare.com” – an online portal where you can list those extra things for swap or for sell and in that process get introduced to like minded parents within your neighborhood!! I know what you are thinking, and here are some answers to your doubts and questions…
1. Why should I list them on “Toysshare.com” wouldn’t it be better if I just donate them?
Well yes you may donate them, you can ask some one to even come pick them up from your home for donation but will it get you introduced to some like minded parent within your neighborhood? Will it bring you some money or another interesting toy in exchange of it? If you are not one of those parents who would like to make profit or resale the toys, swap it or even if you end up selling them just write a cheque to your favorite charity – this way you can still do both – charity and build a stronger parent community within your neighborhood… kind of like a cherry on top!!
2. But I am planning to have a second baby wouldn’t it be better if I save it for the second one?
Sure, you can save it for the second one if the second one is right around the corner. If not I would suggest list it on “Toysshare.com” – get something that you need in exchange or get some money. And when you are ready for the second one go and get something from “Toysshare.com” as well. Think about it, wouldn’t it be easier if you did not have to store all that stuff in the garage and would it be better to get something that has not been sitting in your garage for 4 years? Or better yet, you might be able to get something that you swapped on “Toysshare.com” back! It is all possible, and don’t forget you are helping in building a strong parent community around you!!
3. Can I just pass them on to the friends and family?
YES!! YES!! YES!! That is what “Toysshare.com” is all about. But I am sure it is not easy to check with every friend that you have on one on one basis if they need something that you are trying to pass on… so what do you do? Easy. Just list them on “Toysshare.com” and then share the listing by copy/pasting your link to your Facebook/Twitter or G+ pages or even on linkedIn – and see who all is interested! Rather than uploading details on multiple social media, you just upload details on “Toysshare.com” and share it on multiple social media websites and groups!!
And please keep in mind even though we are really new, we are growing at a very fast pace, and you can help in our cause of keeping the earth green and building a strong local parent community!!
Please feel free to share your thoughts/ideas/queries in the comment section!! Looking forward to your next listing on “Toysshare.com” soon!!
If you have queries about what you should keep in mind before listing things or buying/swapping things from “Toysshare.com” refer to our earlier blog on what to keep in mind HERE.
“Happy Sharing” Everyone!! And don’t forget you get access to some awesome deals and coupons while you are browsing for a toy at “Toysshare.com”!! Another reason to keep coming back!