If you want to figure out where to sell old toys, you are not alone. It seems more and more kids’ toys find their way into my house every holiday and birthday… but not many find their way OUT.
Sometimes it can feel overwhelming and almost suffocating when I look around at all the toys that seem to have taken over my house. But how do I get rid of them?
When you are looking to sell used toys, there are a few things you need to do. You will want to investigate places to sell old toys, think about who will buy them, and consider how much money you need to make. If you just want to get bins of used toys out of your home quickly, selling them might be tedious and not worth your time. Donation might be the best path.
However, for some key toys, especially those in very good condition, trying to sell old toys could be a nice little windfall for you.
Where to sell old toys
There are actually tons of places you can sell old toys. Some of them are easier and take less time than others. It’s up to you to decide how much time and energy you want to spend on this.
- Pawn Shop. You can sell your old toys for cash very quickly by taking them to a pawn shop in your area. However, most pawn shops are not going to take most toys. They may want vintage toys or only ones that are in mint condition. Visit your local shop to get their specifics.
- eBay. This online market place is the perfect spot for eclectic toys, vintage ones, or whole collections. There seems to be a buyer for just about anything on eBay if it is priced right. Yes, even if you are in the market to sell old toys.
- Consignment shops. This might be the best place to go to sell big, bulky, or a large variety of old toys. Consignment shops tend to not pay as well but you do less work. Well-maintained toys are usually well-received as are baby items, bikes, strollers, and popular toys of the day.
- Online marketplaces. If you have a ton of things to sell, look toward online marketplaces like Amazon. They already have an established customer base and are pretty low cost to get started. Marketplaces like Amazon offer low-cost entry and an accessible, established customer base.
Selling Old Toys to Make the Most Money
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When you are trying to sell old toys to get the most money possible, start with inventorying what you have to sell. If your items have been gently used, try laundering anything that can be laundered (including stuffed animals).
For other toys, use a clean toothbrush, small paintbrush, Q-tip, or paper towel to clean the toys. Use a small amount of water to clean off the residue of any stickers that have fallen off as well as any sticky fingerprints left behind. Also consider Goo Gone. This is a great product to remove stickers and excess residue.
Try not to scratch the surface or take any paint off. Cleaning off dust and dirt can make a big difference in how much money you can get for a toy.
What can you do with old toys?
There are a lot of things you can do with old toys if you don’t want to sell them. The first thing I’d suggest is donating the ones that you cant donate to worthwhile charities.
Make a clean sweep of your children’s bedrooms and play areas and grab anything that is not age-appropriate and/or hasn’t been played with in the last six months.
One tip: do NOT do this while your kids are around. And for heaven’s sake, don’t ask your kids about which toys they want to keep. They will inevitably say, “all of them”.
You can donate old toys to a nonprofit like Goodwill, a children’s hospital, daycare center homeless shelter, orphanage, or other needy organization. Try to purge unused toys a couple times each year.
Should you throw away toys?
The rule of thumb is that most toys can be reused by other children. However, if it is broken, missing pieces or is unsafe in any way, you should throw it away.
There are lots of opportunities to give away any toys you can’t or don’t want to sell. Try to do that before adding to the vast landfills already in this country.
Who will buy my toys?
You will probably be surprised who will buy the toys you sell. Most likely, it will be someone just like you. More moms I know buy used toys for their kids as a way to cut down on costs as well as being a time and energy saver.
When you are taking photos of the toys you plan to sell, pricing items and writing descriptions, think about another mom as the buyer you want to reach.
How do you price used toys?
The first step you should take when figuring how much to sell something, is to Google that item. See what it is going for new and used right now. This will give you a good starting point by which to compare the toys you want to sell.
Be honest with the condition that the item is in. Also, try to ask your mom friends what they would be willing to pay for an item. Consider how much time you are willing to wait to sell old toys too.
Pricing something at the higher end means that the item will probably take longer to sell. Want to get items sold quicker? Price it ‘to sell’!
To get a better price for your toys, make sure they are as clean as they can be. Put all parts in a clear plastic bag and attach it to the toy. If the toy needs batteries, put them in if possible.
Toys with batteries sell much more quickly. Include any instructions if you have them for the toy and be sure it has not been part of any safety recall. Try to think about how you would like to receive a toy for your child.
Bottom Line on Selling Old Toys
Though it might be difficult at times to let go of toys that have meant so much to us and our kids, it may be for the best. Having more room in your house and less clutter can have a huge impact on your well-being. Plus, you are teaching wonderful lessons to your kids about how people are more important than things.
Kids will learn to value who they are and how much they are loved rather than what they own. Selling old toys or donating them also teaches your kids about the joy in giving. When you are selling used toys, be sure to clean them up as much as possible, and price them in an appropriate range.