Softball season has officially begun. With two girls playing this season, we have practices 4 days per week and will have 2-3 games each week, starting in April. This is on top of their Scout meetings and activities, but two each is where I draw the line.
Kids’ extracurricular activities are a huge time commitment, and the cost can add up really fast, too! Registration fees, cleats, helmet, glove — we spent literally hundreds of dollars getting two of our girls started with softball. Luckily, most of the equipment we bought can be used from year to year.
The rest can be passed down to a younger sibling or sold for cash to buy the larger sizes. Used sporting goods for children are pretty easy to come by. Not only do kids outgrow things quickly, but they may lose interest, quit activities, and move onto the next big thing.
Leaving you with barely used uniforms, shoes, and equipment. Instead of letting it collect dust in the garage, you can sell it, donate it or trade it in. Here are 8 great places to dump your stuff — and buy what you need for the next season:
Kids Consignment Sales 1 of 8Consignment sales are seasonal events, usually sponsored by a local organization, where parents can tag and sell their goods at one, great big sale. Volunteering will get you a higher commission rate and early entry for your own purchases. Consignment shopping is a great way to get quality items at deep discounts.
Find a sale in your area at Kids Consignment Sales
Children’s Resale Shops 2 of 8At a children's resale shop, like Once Upon a Child, you can sell your used items for cash. Many will even give you a discount on your purchase, if you choose to trade in the credit on other items. They have a constant influx of dance and sports shoes, since kids are constantly outgrowing them.
Used Sporting Goods 3 of 8Resale shops that cater solely to the sports crowd, like Play It Again Sports, offer a variety of sporting goods at discount prices. The staff is typically athletic and can answer specific questions about any equipment you need. This is incredibly helpful when starting a new sport with your child, if you've never played before.
Yard Sales 4 of 8If you have more than a few sporting goods, having a yard sale can be a great way to clear out your junk. And, if you don't, see if you can add your items to a friend's sale. I don't have enough to host a sale every year, but I partner with a few friends to fill the yard and make a little extra cash. Similarly, I find multi-family sales and community events to be a great way to find a variety of things we need at extremely low prices.
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eBay 5 of 8Personally, I don't think buying sporting goods on eBay is worth it, once you factor in shipping. On the other hand, if people are going to buy it, I'm willing to list the stuff we're no longer using! You can sell at a fixed "Buy It Now" price or let your items go to the highest bidder.
Craigslist 6 of 8I know, I know. Craigslist gets a bad rap, but it can be a good, local source of used items — including kids' sports equipment. Not only can you sell or search items for sale, but you can list a "want" if you are looking to score a deal on something specific. Just be sure to meet buyers and sellers in a public place, if it makes you nervous.
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Thrift Stores 7 of 8You won't get cash for your old equipment at Goodwill or Salvation Army, but you can request a receipt to deduct the resell value if you itemize your taxes. They'll almost always have sporting goods and fitness equipment for sale, too.
Freecycle 8 of 8Freecycle is cool because it's just that — free. People will post things they just want to get rid of in a hurry, or you can request something you need. It's no money maker, but free is free, right?
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