One of the most fascinating things about kids is the amount of stuff that they require. How can something so small need so much stuff?! FASCINATING!
Swings, bassinets, cribs, sheets, towels, clothes, hats, mitts… and that’s just when they don’t do much but lay around and keep you up at night!
The next phase is the toys and that’s when the amount of stuff gets really ridiculous. It’s out of control. Our living room has the tendency to look like the toy section of Walmart on Black Friday. Chaos and madness!
With our third and final on the way, and with it being our first girl, we have an excess of boy things that we won’t use. What to do with this stuff is always the question. There is so much that is in perfect condition. It is a shame to throw it away!
Of course the first and easiest option is to unload it all on an unsuspecting pregnant friend.
Another easy option is to buy a gross of storage bins and stash the stuff until a day that you are ready to find a permanent solution to the problem. Having utilized this technique on more than one occasion over the last 17 years with my teen, I can say with absolute certainty that this does not work! Resist any and all temptation to procrastinate on this!
Enter Children’s Treasure Resale Shop
So let’s talk about options that really work. Did you know that there is a children’s resale shop in Beaver Falls that buys outright? Children’s Treasure Resale Shop, located at 1110 7th Avenue, is the County’s only (that I am aware of!) kid resale shop.
There is no consignment here. You bag up your items and take them in, and wala! They buy what they can, hand you the money and you walk out with less stuff. Brilliant!
Unless, of course, you meander through their rows and rows of merchandise and end up buying more than you are selling! They take clothes, equipment, toys, books…really most anything your kid has.
The owner told me that they buy Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am – 3 pm, and Friday from 9:30 am – 1 pm. They buy “nearly new” merchandise, so this is a fantastic option for those items that are still in perfect shape!
The Garage Sale Option
Another good option is having a garage sale. If you are living in Beaver, the town yard sale day is May 9th. This is a perfect time to declutter your space, not only from your kids things but anything else that may have accumulated!
If you aren’t familiar with this event, it is brilliant. This has been going on for a few years now and each year it seems to grow significantly from the last. Even the stores in town get involved with sale tables set up outside and specials!
It allows you all of the benefits of a garage sale without all of the hassle – no need to advertise or get a permit. You just toss up a table, set out your goods and enjoy the day!
If you don’t live in town but you love garage sales, this event is for you! Be sure to drive down alleys and look for signs, although many houses don’t put up signs. I can only speak for the Beaverhausen house, but we have some tremendous stuff going out this year. Get here quick folks, it won’t last long!
Donating Your Stuff
Final option is donation. Goodwill in Rochester will take what you donate and give you a tax deductable receipt for it all. They will even help you unload your car when you get there! So helpful and easy!
Another easy option for donation is pickup by the VVA. You call or go online, set it all up and they will come with a big truck and pick up your things. Easy peasy!
Hopefully this will help you in your own quest to become kid-clutter free! OR… other side of the coin, hopefully this will help you find some awesome deals on kid stuff!