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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Swap.com Now the Largest Online Kids’ Consignment Store in the US

Swap.com Now the Largest Online Kids’ Consignment Store in the US

 

Addison, IL. 04/23/2014 – With 50,000+ items in its inventory, Swap.com has become the largest online kids’ consignment store in the United States. The company launched this service just over a year ago, and has been growing fast. “With more than 35 percent month-to-month growth this year, we are definitely the largest and also the fastest growing online consignment store,” explains Jussi Koskinen, Swap.com co-founder.

“The amount of inventory we carry now enables buyers to find kids’ clothes from all the major brands in any size,” states Michelle Thompson, Director of Customer Acquisition and Retention. “For example, we have 100 different Gymboree shirts in 5-year-old size and about the same amount of Gap pants in 12 to 24 month sizes. We plan to continue growing the selection by more than 10,000 items per month, to make it easy for customers to find what they’re looking for, quickly and easily.” Thompson, with more than a decade of experience in the kids’ consignment business, is keenly aware of the key ingredients needed to keep customers coming back to Swap.com. “Selection, prices and fast delivery are the most important things for our customers,” Thompson notes.

To accommodate this rapid growth, the company is in the process of expanding its fulfillment center, currently located in Addison, IL, into a 100,000 square feet facility.

Swap.com offers busy parents a convenient way to buy and sell kids’ items. Customers pack their items in a box and ship them to Swap.com, using a provided UPS shipping slip. Swap.com then photographs and lists the items on the customer’s account. Then, the customer can price the items and when they sell, the customer gets most of the proceeds. “The buying experience is similar to buying from Amazon: you add the items from various sellers to the shopping cart and checkout. We ship them to you within one business day,” says Koskinen. “Sellers are also really happy because their items sell really fast,” concludes Thompson.

Swap.com features baby and kids’ clothes, baby gear, toys and games, movies, video games and maternity clothes. In the online consignment model, the items are owned and priced by the customers, but the inspection, quality grading, photography, storage and shipping of the items is handled by Swap.com.

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What can you do in 9 months?

  1. Develop a child within your womb (if you’re a human female).
  2. Grow 4.5 inches of hair (per family member).
  3. Read the Harry Potter series 24 times (on an average of 1.5 weeks per read-through of the series).
  4. Watch the Lord of the Rings Trilogy 532 times (Extended Edition on repeat).
  5. Store your extra kids’ items for free on Swap.com! We have expanded our storage fees from 90 days to 9 months, so send your items in now!

In 9 months your kids, or even grandkids, will grow a size or two! And you continue your convenient habit of making money selling your extra kids’ and maternity items on Swap.com. Please note, the 9-month-free-storage is for the items that are accepted to be listed on Swap.com.

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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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Send in those unwanted gifts!

Start 2014 on the right foot

Organizing your home is probably on the top of your resolution list. Use Swap.com as a tool to sell your unwanted holiday gifts and outgrown kids’ items with ease. Let us do the work for you!

Turn unwanted gifts into money

Does Grandma still think your little guy is five, when in fact he’s 10? Send in those gifts to swap them in for things you actually want!

Send in your extra kids’ items! 

Wish list incomplete? SHop green this year

If shopping greener is part of your resolution plan, we have solutions for your family. You can buy pre-owned kids’ items at a fraction of the price right here.

Are there items on your wish list that remained un-purchased? Take a look to see if they are available at swap.com/browse.

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