Remember when garage sales were the only way to get money for great outgrown items? Then Criagslist and consignment sales became popular . . . but even with those you could end up waiting a while for a buyer, or not get quite as much as you were hoping. So Facebook members started buy/sell/trade groups for local areas, and that worked OK for some members but not others (see 40 Signs You Might Be a BST Admin). Avoid the shortchanges, last-minute flakes and time wasters with some of these newer alternatives — all available as apps on your phone! Keep reading for 6 apps you’ll want to download today!
A special thank you to TotSpot for sponsored this roundup. All opinions and research are mine alone.
One of the newer mom-to-mom sale apps, TotSpot offers prepaid shipping labels for sellers to send packages from anywhere (keeping designer and non-designer prices alike very low). Need to buy new clothes, shoes or accessories? Set up a profile for your kiddo so that TotSpot knows what you’re looking for and can try to cater your wall of items for sale to your child’s size. The app also offers Shows, which are basically categories for special occassions like Halloween and Back to School, but there’s also one for Handmade By Moms since some mama businesses share their wares at a great price here as well. It’s easy to use, visually appealing, and though you pay shipping when you buy, it’s around $4 so not too bad if you’re buying a Tea Collection outfit for an obscene discount. In a way, this app create pen pals for moms through clothes and accessories. Bonus: You can edit your Search, add filters, set alarms on items, and invite friends to earn referral cash.
Create a profile (you can sign up by connecting to Facebook), list your items and use the search function to sift through items for the one that’s just right. If there’s a “shop” you like, you can choose to follow it or a specific user (or even other friends also using the app). Bonus: Your child’s profile preferences/info is private and can only be seen by you.
If you’re a garage sale junkie, this is an app to check out — post unwanted items for free then ship them out or meet locally to give them to someone else who wants them, then get your own “new” free stuff and pay a flat shipping rate. This app is like a garage sale in that there is everything on here, not just kids clothes and toys so you may have to sift a lot.
What began as a sort of digital consignment store for designer baby and kids clothes has changed into an app for boys, girls, juniors, and women’s styles . Get your fancy mama shoes, your plus size or maternity wear, and a few things for the teen while you’re shopping. Just be aware that this company no-longer buys or sells clothes for babies. If you choose to sell, you’ll get a shipping bag in the mail to fill up with all your items and send back. You’ll receive a quote for the items that you can accept or reject and have items returned or donated.
This app is for the Facebook buy/sell/trade group pro. Like a local Facebook group, you join a group near your area, create a profile or connect it to Facebook as an add-on app, and post your items (the items you’re allowed to sell depend on your local group). Bumping your posts and making sure all the important item details are filled out is easy. Plus, you can choose categories and members to follow or block from your items feed. This is a fairly new app aiming to replace the local selling and buying groups that live on Facebook but it doesn’t have groups up in every area just yet so you either have to contact them to set up a group, or join one that’s fairly far way.
6. Mom-to-Mom Consign
Post photos from your iPhone to the app, or via text message! Have a question or comment? Create conversations and ask the seller (like TotSpot, Varagesale and Kidizen). Sign up is simple with integrated Facebook sign on, and items can be liked, saved, commented on for purchase, or shared to others. Bonus: This app is for kids clothes, accessories, gear, and toys that are new or gently used.
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