To Garage Sale or Not To Garage Sale

Having a garage sale this time of the year might sound like a good idea. That is until you actually start organizing one and realize the amount of time and effort involved in pulling it all together. It will take hours of work to sort through every item you want to sell, price it, set up everything outside and then deal for hours upon hours with hoards of people haggling with you over a $1 item.

At the end of the two day garage sale ordeal, you will be left with some items, no patience and a little bit of money for hours upon hours of work.

So, how do you get all your outgrown and unused kids’ items out of your house and make a profit easily? You send them to Swap.com.

Swap.com will make the experience of getting rid of unused and outgrown kids’ items an easy, lucrative experience. Just pack your gently used items in a box, send it to us and, once you receive a link with the items photographed, name your price for the items. That’s it! You will receive a check in the mail when your things sell, no haggling, no bartering, no hours sitting in the sun or rain dealing with hoards of people.

Also, at Swap.com you can purchase new items to replace the once your kids outgrew or buy anything on your summer list for a fraction of the price at retail stores and you can do it from the comfort of your home. New clothes, toys, books, movies, games and sports equipment that have been thoroughly inspected to ensure quality are just a click away.

So, if you’re tempted to do a garage sale, save yourself some time, work and aggravation and just send your kids’ items to Swap.com, we will do the work for you, no haggling required.

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Pre-owned Maternity Clothes, Almost Free!

The glow of pregnancy is a great concept that is not universally embraced by all pregnant women. At least in the sense that many of us don’t feel like we’re glowing as much as incredibly uncomfortable and huge as a house, but then again, I may be speaking just from my own experience.

One of the challenges of having your body change and grow over nine months is, simply enough, finding clothes that fit and don’t make us look like a tent. (more…)

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Traveling Fun For Everyone – Buy Card Games, Puzzles, Coloring Books…

Whether are going to your lake house a couple of hours away, on an airplane to a new destination or on a road trip around the United States, traveling with kids can challenge the most seasoned travelers.

Stocking up on movies, books, games and small toys can make the difference between a great experience and a nightmare to remember.

Summer traveling can put a strain on your budget, so finding economical ways to entertain the kids is often mandatory. Consignment stores, like Swap.com, offer the perfect solution for stocking up on everything you need to have a smooth trip, without breaking the bank.

Here are some ideas to pass the time easily on the go:

  • Movies are a great way to kill wait time at airports and keep kids occupied and quiet in the car. At consignment stores you can often purchase 4 or 5 movies for the price of just one at a regular retailer. The selection is often comparable to that of stores. Swap.com has hundreds of movie titles for kids and adults alike in its site.

  • Books are always fantastic options to keep everyone occupied for hours. Consignment stores offer hundreds of titles for young children, independent readers and adults alike. Books entertain everyone on the go and also once you’ve arrived at your destination.

  • Puzzles and coloring books can be used on the plane easily when you lower the food tray and also in the car using a cheap lap tray. Once you reach your vacation spot, kids can continue to play with these items during downtime, or bring them to restaurants to keep them busy during longer meal times.

  • Classic games such as card games are always fun and easy to transport. Consignment stores offer a variety of compact travel games such as Rush Hour Traffic Jam game, memory card games, dominoes and a variety of infant sensory toys, most of them under $10.

And last, but not least, don’t forget to check out the baby gear selection with infant carriers, blankets, bibs, travel changing pads, bags and a variety of like-new and new travel accessories for a fraction of the cost.

This summer, make traveling fun and memorable for everyone shopping at consignment stores.

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Buy Used Toys Online – Summer Fun for Less

Soon kids will be out of school for the summer, three months of freedom, fun in the sun and unstructured days. Within the first day or two of these three months of bliss parents everywhere will hear the very familiar phrase “I’m bored.”

 

Yes, three months off school is a long time to entertain kids and keep them from uttering those three dreaded words. We will sign them up for classes, take some family vacations and organize playdates, many, many playdates.

 

Something that might help ease the transition into unstructured time is new activities and toys. Toys specifically designed for outdoor play can engage kids for hours and burn the extra energy they might use up complaining of being bored.

 

Consignment stores, like Swap.com, are a great resource to stock up on new toys for the summer, for a fraction of the price you’d pay at regular retailers.

 

Some items that are great to purchase used for outdoor play are sprinklers, inflatable pools, balls, Frisbees, roller blades, beach toys, and a variety of sports equipment. Many items are often brand new and can be found in the original packaging for a fraction of the cost.

 

Pool toys are often available too; whether it’s diving rings, arm bands, snorkeling equipment or safety vests for little ones, consignment stores make stocking up easy, fun and economical.

 

And for those days destined for the indoors, due to weather, illness or any other reason, there is also board games, puzzles, movies and books. A variety of budget friendly options that give parents a fighting chance against those three dreaded words.

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A school raises over $2,000 with Swap.com fundraising service

Hawthorne school in Illinois raises $2,174 with Swap.com fundraising. In total, 879 items were added to the fundraising account. All of the items came from only 20 families. The sales period was from 10/13/2013 until 1/7/2014. 566 items (65%) were sold to Swap.com customers during the time of the fundraising and the remaining items were acquired by Swap.com. Total proceeds to Hawthorne were $2,174.

The Swap.com item fundraising service works as follows:

  1. Fill in the fundraising application form here
  2. Organize an event to which people will bring their unused baby and kids’ items.
  3. Swap.com will organize a pick up or shipping of the items to the Swap.com logistics center in Addison, IL.
  4. Swap.com will list the accepted items on your fundraising account for 90 days (or as agreed).
  5. Your organization will receive the proceeds of the sold items (after Swap.com deducts its selling fees) by PayPal or check
  6. Swap.com will pay a lump sum for the remaining items on the fundraising account after the 90-day selling period is over.

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How to price items for consignment?

Below is some guidelines for pricing your items for kids’ consignment.

Clothing brands

  • Bargain brands e.g. Faded Glory, Garanimals, Small Wonders, Sonoma, Wonderkids. Always sold as sets, because of low value. Sets sell for $3-7.
  • Basic brands e.g. OshKosh, Old Navy, Carter’s, Izod, Nike, Levi’s, Department Store brands. Single items sell for $3-6, sets sell for $4-15.
  • Premium brands e.g. Gymboree, Polo Ralph Lauren, Baby Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess. Single items sell for $4-10, sets sell for $8-20.
  • Boutique brands e.g. Alphabet, Baby Nay, Isobella and Chloe, Little Threads, Lydia jane, Splendid Littles. Single items sell for 20-40% of retail value.

Other items

  • Baby gear, Décor, Sports & Outdoor, Toys & Games: 20-40% of retail value
  • Books, Comics & Magazines: 20-25% of retail value
  • Movies & Music: 20-30% of retail value

Characteristics

What increases the price for all item categories

  • New with tags
  • Items in original packaging
  • Full sets (including manuals etc.)
  • Current season’s items

What lowers the price for all item categories

  • Fair condition
  • Items for infants
  • Older items
  • Non-season items
Full list of brands
Bargain brands
Athletic Works
Basic Editions
Bongo
Cherokee
Circo
D-Signed
Dockers
Faded Glory
Garanimals
Genuine Kids
George
Kid Connection
Kmart
Koala Kids
Kohls
Rebecca Bonbon
Russell Athletics
Route 66
Small Wonders
Sonoma
Target
TKS shoes
Tough Skins
Wall-Mart
Wranglers
Wonder Kids
Basic brands
American Living
Arizona
Ashley Ann
Baby Connection
Baby Togs
Baby Trend
Bonnie Jean
Burnside
Byer
Cach Cach
Cakewalk
Carter’s
Chantilly Place
Chaps
Chicco
Children’s Place
Columbia
Combi
Cosco
Crocs
Disney
Dorel
Eddie Bauer
Esprit
Evenflo
First Impressions
Fisher Price
Graco
Infantino
Instep
Jacadi
Jumping Beans
Justice
Keds
Kolcraft
Land’s End
Laura Dare
Le Top
Leap Frog
Learning Curve
Lego
Levi’s
Limited Too
Little Me
Little Tikes
LL Bean kids
Love
Mattel
Miniman
My Michelle
Nautica
New Balance
Nike
Okie Dokie
Old navy
Osh Kosh B’gosh
p.s. from aeropostale
Peg Perego
Peaches n’ Cream
Pinky
Playskool
Pretty
Puma
Robeez
Rothschild
Safety 1st
Sesame Street
Step 2
Stride Rite
Ugg
V tech
Wrangler
Premium brands
Abercrombie
Baby Gap
Baby Lulu
Flowers by Zoe
GapOilily
Guess
Gymboree
Hanna Andersson
Hanna Banana
J.Crew
Jacadi
Janie & Jack
Juicy Couture
Kelly’s Kids
Lacoste
Laura Ashley
Mini Boden
Naartjie
Ralph Lauren
The North Face
Tea Collection
Tommy Hilfiger
Quicksilver
Zutano
Boutique brands
Alphabet
Baby Nay
Bailey Boys
CachCach
Claesens
Cotton Kids
Isobella and Chloe
Little Threads
Lydia jane
Matilda Jane
Molly and Millie
Mud Pie
Mulberribush
Pediped
Persnickety
Rosalina
Roxy
Splendid Littles
Strasburg
Sweet Potatoes
Trumpette Socks
Wonder Boy

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