This Marketplace Makes It Easy to Buy and Sell Gently Used Kids Items

published May 13, 2022
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Kids are expensive and require a lot of stuff, whether it’s clothes and shoes they quickly grow out of or big-ticket baby gear that you only use for a few months to a few years before being tucked away into storage. And while you can thrift baby items, it can be difficult to find the time to scour yard sales and stores in person to find what you need — or to donate what you no longer do.

Enter Kidsy, a newly launched marketplace designed to make buying and selling gently used kids items a breeze for parents and parents-to-be. Among the more than 4,000 items up for grabs, you’ll find clothes, shoes, accessories, books, and toys alongside items such as strollers, bouncers, and nursery furniture, all at super affordable price points.

The startup, which was co-founded by Chicago-based journalist and documentary filmmaker Shraysi Tandon, takes only a 5 percent selling fee, which Tandon tells Apartment Therapy has appealed to “so many moms looking to make extra money while they spring clean their nurseries.” Kidsy has seen enormous growth, with Tandon noting that hundreds of new items come in each week.

Each item includes all applicable info, so you’ll know if you’re getting something new with tags/in a box or gently used, such as a brand new Beside Me Doze Deluxe Bedside Bassinet for $50. Given that the same item retails at Amazon for as much as $219.99, you’re getting a major bargain.

Of course, when it comes to baby items with a warranty or safety specifications, you’ll want to be sure you’re getting items that comply with current regulations and safety standards, such as with nursery furniture, car seats, mattresses, and the like. But when it comes to nursery bedding and decor and other essentials such as bath time accessories, bottles, clothes, toys, and beyond — all of which can add up in price pretty quickly — it certainly can’t hurt to try and save a few pennies anywhere you can.