Finished with your pre-loved baby wares? No more need of the cot, pram, change table, high chair, clothes, toys, books and games?
Barely worn, gently used, top quality baby things looking for a new home - a second chance? Check out this list of options to find new homes for your treasured baby wares. Rehouse, recycle, sell to people who not only need them, but will truly appreciate your generosity, too.
Please note: Some baby items have mandatory safety standards. These requirements affect which baby related items can be sold or donated.
The age and condition of items such as car restraints, prams and strollers, highchairs, change tables, safety gates, port-a-cots and bassinettes must be taken into consideration. Please check all relevant legislation in your state to ensure a safe and legal sale, donation or transfer.
1. St Kilda Mums Charity Organisation: The St Kilda Mums charity was established especially to help families in need care for newborn babies around the Melbourne area. This wonderful, not-for-profit organisation rehouses and recycles everything from cots to prams, clothes to toys, making life easier for families in need.
St Kilda Mums works in conjunction with Maternal and Children Health Centre Nurses, along with local social service agencies. To make a donation, please visit the St Kilda Mums web page and check the list of items they can receive. From there, they request an email of goods to be donated and will advise drop off locations and times.
2.Toy Libraries: There are over 160, volunteer run Toy Libraries located around Australia.
Toy libraries are not-for-profit organisations enabling families to 'borrow' toys, providing an ever-changing selection for their children without the continual outlay or the accumulation of unwanted toys.
Supporting families Australia wide, Toy Libraries are grateful for donations. Toys must be of an acceptable quality, intact (not broken), with no missing pieces.
Toys should suit children aged birth to around 6 years and toys, puzzles and games are all welcome.
Please note: Toy libraries are unable to accept ride on or plush toys.
3. Community Funded Speech Therapy Centres: Speech therapists often work with pre-school aged children and must become quite inventive in terms of techniques used to gain the children's trust, draw them out and encourage them to speak. One such method is though the use of games. Pop up Pirate, Guess Who, Trouble, Cards, Mr Potato Head, Jig Saw Puzzles can all be used for both interaction and reward.
These centres are very grateful for any donation of pre-loved toys or games. For donations around the Mornington Peninsula area, please contact Peninsula Heath Speech Therapy Clinic at the Frankston Hospital on 9784 7670 to enquire which toys may be suitable. Their address is 2 Hastings Road, Frankston. Mel 102 E4
4.Community Playgroups: Playgroups, run in nearly every suburb by dedicated volunteers, provide new mums and bubs with a safe environment for socialisation and support.
Playgroups may accept larger and outdoor toys. Please check with your local playgroup by following the link. This will also provide delivery address and a suitable time to make your donation.
5. Family Day Care Providers: At every kindergarten, pre-school and primary school there will be at least one person who provides family day care services in their home. These carers are often required to source and purchase their own toys, art and craft and baby goods to care for young children.
Family Day Care providers may be extremely grateful for anything you have to offer, from trucks to coloured paper, cups and plates to highchairs, even cots. Teachers at pre-schools and primary schools will be able to steer you in the right direction.
Alternatively, Family Day Care Providers are employed through Local Councils. Your local council should be able to help redistribute second hand goods to these wonderful people.
6. Charities: Opportunity shops will accept baby items, particularly clothes, but may have some restrictions when it comes to car seats, trikes and plush toys. Please check with your local charity to confirm what they will accept.
7. Schools / Kindergartens / Creche: For businesses with heaps of scrap paper and anything that could possibly be used for art and craft, most pre-schools and schools will greet you with a ready smile and open arms. Think outside the box - Boxes, tin cans, cellophane, cardboard, cotton wool, cups, wood off-cuts, computer keyboards, tape measures, rope, ribbons, scoops can also be recycled through kinders and schools.
Our school often asks for board games, blocks, etc for Pop-up play at lunch as well as rainy day and even math based activities.
8. Sell on consignment: Specialty baby shops sell second hand baby goods and clothes on consignment, which means the shop takes a commission from the sale price. This is one way to recoup some of the expense associated with buying for a new baby.
On the Mornington Peninsula, Sea Saw Baby Goods in Mornington sell second hand baby goods and toys on consignment.
Main Street, Mornington (Relocating November 2014. Please check web site for new address details)
9. Baby Markets: Baby and kids markets have grown in popularity over the last ten years. Baby markets are hugely popular, often drawing big crowds and there are now many, regularly run markets around Melbourne that specialise in baby wares, clothes and toys specific to newborns up to approx. 6 years old.
Baby & Kids Market - Locations include Blackburn, Coburg, Croydon, Flemington and Malvern. These markets achieve huge crowds.
Chelsea Heights Children's Pre-Loved Market: This hugely popular market does not currently have a web or Facebook page, but has been running for many years. Held at the Chelsea Heights Community Centre, Beazley Reserve, Chelsea. Enquire: 9772 3391 for dates and stall information.
10.Gumtree: Gumtree is owned by E-bay and is FREE to list and sell. Mostly used for local sales, there are no feedback systems or seller ratings. It can be something of a hassle when people don't turn up on time - if they turn up at all. But when it works it's great.
11. Ebay: Anything and everything can be sold on E-bay (Please remember safety standards still apply on items such as car seats, highchairs & prams, etc).
12.Kidspot Online Market: Kidspot web site if an online magazine for parents, offering information and advice through pregnancy, after birth and all things children, including food and lifestyle information. One part of this web site is an auction room where you can list your unwanted baby wares online, and it's FREE.