As I’ve said many times before, budget savvy parents can save big bucks buying second hand. One of the newest ways to do so is through trading groups on Facebook.
Baby Cheapskate’s Baby Gear, Toy and Coupon Exchange Facebook group, which launched just a couple of months ago, has become popular among readers quickly as a way to stock up essential gear for less and unload outgrown and unneeded stuff. There are many, many other trading groups on Facebook, too, and I’ve made a list of them below.
I’ve included the most popular groups I can find. I can’t vouch for the activity level or membership restrictions for the closed groups, though, as one can’t see the posts without joining.
Tip: Always read and abide by group guidelines.
Brand Specific Groups
- aden + anais B/S/T 227 members
- Petunia Pickle Bottom Lover? Buy, Sell & Trade Here! 1,900+ members
- Ju Ju Be B/S/T 2700+ members
- The Official New and Used Gymboree Consignment (Crazy 8, Janie and Jack, and Gap allowed, too) 9,000+ members
- B/S/T Hanna Andersson Clothing *Unofficial* 450+ members
- Mini Boden Addicts 6500+ likes
- See Kai Run Addicts BST 450+ members
- Livie and Luca BST 1100+ members
Clothing or Shoes Only
- Cloth Diaper Swap 19,000+ members
- Cloth Diaper Addiction Swap 1,500+ members
- Fluffswappers 7,000+ members
- FuzziBunz B/S/T 1,500+ members
- GroVia B/S/T 2,900+ members
- Buy/Sell/Trade bumGenius 3,600+ members
- B/S/T Fitteds, Flats and Prefolds 800+ members
- Smocking Hot Mamas 15,000+ members
- Smock Brokers closed group. 1500+ members
- The Scrap Yard (scrapbooking stuff) 4,600+ members
- Lalaloopsy Buy-Sell-Trade 5,000+ members
There are many other groups to discover than aren’t on the list as well. To find them, try a Facebook search for b/s/t, bst, and/or baby swap. Add the name of your city and you’ll probably turn up some local groups, too. You can also turn up a bunch by Googling.
To learn more about how to save with second-hand baby items, check out my book, The Baby Cheapskate Guide to Bargains.