January 26, 2013

ToddlerTrunk Review

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Last fall I tried selling some of my old baby gear at my very first mom 2 mom sale.  I spent hours of my time sorting, organizing, pricing, packing, transporting, unpacking, setting up, negotiating prices, and getting a backache for all of the effort I expended.  Now, I’ve been attending these sales since before the birth of our 4 year old daughter and the women who usually sell their wares are a formidable force to be reckoned with.  They are uber organized and roll out their baby gear in an efficient and effective manner.  Their goal is to recoup some of the money spent on numerous baby items they’ve accumulated over the past few years.  When I decided to join their ranks, I never expected quite so much energy and time to go into clearing out 4 years of baby stuff.  I couldn’t help but think afterwards, as I unpacked boxes of items that didn’t sell, that there had to be a better way.  So imagine my surprise when I got an email about ToddlerTrunk.  It’s an online social marketplace where moms and dads can buy, sell, and trade anything for their little ones.

According to the minds behind ToddlerTrunk, many moms and dads face the problem of their kids outgrowing clothes and toys quickly, leaving these items behind to fill closets and playrooms—and leaving parents wondering what to do with all this stuff.  You may not want to throw out items that are still in good condition. Throwing out old children’s stuff is also terrible for the planet. Take ExerSaucers, for example. Everybody uses them since they help keep babies entertained. However, once they’re no longer needed, ExerSaucers often end up in landfills where they will not decompose for a very, very long time.

ToddlerTrunk has gently used items as well as new and handmade items. Users can also give items away for free in exchange for Rubies. Think of a Ruby as having a value of $10.00.  ToddlerTrunk is currently available in Toronto and Vancouver. It is expanding to Edmonton/Calgary and Montreal in the next few weeks.

So this spring, as I attempt to finally get rid of the mountains of baby gear cluttering up my space, I’m pretty excited to have another avenue available to me.  I will continue to give items away, donate some to charity, post items on Craigslist or Kijiji, or possibly try my hand again at the mom 2 mom sale thing, but honestly, it’s nice to know I have this new option too.  I’m going to try out ToddlerTrunk and see if I can finally get rid of my ExerSaucer.

Comments

  1. Let us know how Toddler Trunk works!

    • In a nut shell Kristi, unlike other re-sale sites, ToddlerTrunk tries to put a face on everyone’s profile to create a community of parents in your area. Users have the option of signing into the site with their Facebook or Twitter accounts, so you have a better chance of knowing if the seller or the buyer is a friend, a neighbour, or an acquaintance.

      You will be amazed at how quickly your friends join and a community is made in your neighbourhood. A community of parents who can meet to swap items, have a laugh on the blog, or join conversations through the ToddlerTrunk Facebook and Twitter pages. In trading, selling, and buying kids’ gear, you get to meet other parents, while de-cluttering your home and saving money.

      ToddlerTrunk has gently used items as well as new and handmade items. Users can also give items away for free in exchange for Rubies. Think of a Ruby as having a value of $10.00.

  2. Hi Char! I hope you can use TT.com to re-gain your space. thank you for the post and also, I sold my Exersaucer on ToddlerTrunk a couple of weeks ago to a very happy mom of one very cute 6 month old girl. good luck! Jenn

  3. Hi, linking up from Blog Hop till you drop.Trying to follow you but not sure I’m getting it right. will keep trying!

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