At some point, your child will outgrow all that cute baby furniture you so carefully picked out for the perfect nursery theme. What was a favorite play space is just too “babyish” now and you have to redecorate for the next few years. The trouble with baby furniture, particularly cribs, is these are surprisingly difficult to unload. As the nearby quote states, safety regulations prevent cribs in otherwise good to excellent condition from being accepted by thrift and resale stores.
What to Do with Outgrown Baby Furniture
The good news is, unless it’s water damaged furniture, you’ll be able to swap it out for your child’s changing preferences. The first thing you need to do is to check its current status. It could be outdated just enough not to be sellable to a thrift or resale store. In addition, you need to get an idea of its current demand. If it is heavily themed with a specific character (which so much of baby furniture is), it might not be a hot item. Another thing to consider is its overall condition because parents will be quite picky.
If your child has outgrown her baby crib, you may have found it’s a tough piece of furniture to dispose of. Even thrift stores don’t accept older cribs, because in 2011 federal safety regulations changed, making it illegal to sell models now considered substandard. Rather than storing your crib or throwing it away, why not try committing it to a new purpose? --Bob Vila.com
The crib will present the biggest challenge, especially if it's just a crib and isn't convertible. Most parents prefer to purchase furniture which "grows" with their children. For instance, a 4-in-1 conversion crib transforms from a crib into a toddler bed, then a daybed and finally, into a full-size bed. If you are taking the opportunity to give your child more space, you might consider converting a den into a bedroom, leaving the nursery the way it is for a new baby. However, if you just need get rid of all if the baby furniture, here are some helpful suggestions:
- Sell it online. There are plenty of expecting parents or new parents looking for gently used baby furniture for their children. Take advantage of this by putting ads online. Sites like Craigslist and social media are excellent ways to advertised good condition baby furniture for sale.
- Give it to a neighbor, friend, or family member. You probably know an expecting couple in your neighborhood, at work, at church, at your child's school. So, offer it up for free and let them come to pick it up. Since being a parent comes with substantial expense, this will be a greatly appreciated gift.
- Reuse it for your next child. If you are planning on having another child, you might consider just keeping it and storing it away or leaving the nursery as-is and moving your growing child into another room. This is a great alternative for a growing family plan.
- Donate it to a charity. While the crib might or might not meet current safety regulations, at least some of the other baby furniture will be accepted by charities.
- Sell it to a child's resale store. There are retailers who purchase gently used baby furniture to sell it at a discount price for new families. Before you load it all up and lug it over to the nearest retailer, be sure to check each piece to learn if it meets safety requirements and isn't under recall.
Another suggestion is to junk it by phoning 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away. We'll come by and pick it up and haul it away for you, along with anything else you no longer want.